Lower Silesian Centre for Social Policy, PL
Lower Silesia is situated in the South – West part of Poland and borders with Germany and Czech Republic. The region is inhabited by almost 3 million people, with 7.6% of total Polish population. Low birth rate, the biggest in Poland infant mortality rate, the ageing of society and intensified migration of young, well – educated people (especially after joining European Union) are currently the most important problems in Lower Silesia. The range and gravity of demographic problems demand strategic planning, not only temporary countermeasures. One of the institutions dealing with these problems in Lower Silesia Region is Lower Silesian Centre for Social Policy (DOPS).
DOPS is voivodship’s local government unit, responsible for realization of social policy, assistance and integration tasks. Demographic changes, especially all questions concerning ageing of population, have been on the centre of its interest for a few past years. DOPS has realized its social tasks by e.g. conducting in 2007 a diagnosis of Lower Silesian seniors’ living conditions and realizing in 2005, 2007 and 2008 Voivodship Program NESTOR (SENIOR) for elderly people. Lower Silesia requires best practices and acquire knowledge how to “manage” demographic changes to ensure sustainability and balanced development of the region. Participation in DART is a great opportunity to exchange precious experience and develop exact measures on the international level.