Annual Forum of the European National Red Cross/Red Crescent Network for Psychosocial Support (ENPS)
Forum in Budapest from the 23rd to the 25th of September 2005
This year the ENPS were happy to welcome representatives from 27 National Societies *, 3 representatives from IFRC Regional offices, the head of the IFRC Reference Centre for psychosocial support, an ICRC representative, the IFRC PS co-ordinator from Sri Lanka and the Secretariat from ERNA. In all, 45 participants were present. The Hungarian RC and the Central European IFRC regional office hosted this two day meeting organised by the ENPS.
The forum was to provide European Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies, working in the domain of Psychosocial Support (PS), with a venue and time to exchange ideas, best practice and tactics. It allowed the participants to set strategy and recommendations for future PS development.
The forum included a number of presentations by speakers on related topics as well as examples of RC/RC practices and interventions. The main themes developed were:
- Community-based psychosocial support: a working model for operations in the field (both National and international) Examples of these were the presentations of the PS programme in Beslan and in the tsunami affected populations
- Training volunteers
- supporting the helpers
- Building resilience: PS as practised by the European RC/RC National Societies
Equal time was given to participation in themed and facilitated workshops.
Final recommendations will be published shortly on the ENPS web-site links through the EU/RC liaison office, Fednet and the PSP Reference Centre web-site. An up-to-date inventory of PS activities and training in the European National Societies is in process.
Psychosocial activity is a cross-cutting one that enhances the Red Cross/Red Crescent global approach to health. It was clear that many activities have psychosocial elements and all National Societies present had Psychosocial programmes, activities and/or related training. Further effort is needed to broaden the scope of these activities, to increase training for the volunteers and to better support the volunteers in their work. This field is evolving and examples of best practices and lessons learnt lead to an interesting forum.
* NS present in Budapest: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Serbia & Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hellenic, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakstan, Kosovo(IFRC), Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom,
IFRC: Head of the Reference Centre for PS, PSP rep from the IFRC Central Europe office, IFRC rep. from Serajevo and Kosovo, PSP co-ordinator in Sri Lanka.