Society “Our Children” Opatija is a non-governmental organization that designs and organizes free time for children of preschool and school age. The goals of the Society “Our Children” are the realization of the rights of the child and children’s participation, the organization of children’s leisure activities and assistance to parents and children in the development and upbringing of the child.
Our vision is a happy child in the creative community!
SOC Opatija’s mission is to strive for a better position of children in society and protection of children’s rights and equal opportunities for all children in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, empowering parents to raise children through education and promotion of responsible and quality parenting and nurturing tradition volunteering in SOC Opatija.
The values we nurture are: creativity, innovation, openness, participation, proactivity and promoting awareness of healthy living.
All our programs are verified by the Ministry of Education and the Agency for Education.
We offer children and parents: 5 free programs for parents (library, counseling, lectures, workshops, online activities with parents); 9 free programs for children (Traveling workshops SOC Opatija arrives to children, Playroom/workshop Hummingbirds, Storytelling, Learning assistance, Workshops on children’s rights and active children’s participation in primary schools, Workshops during winter and spring holidays, Children’s forum, Children’s city council of Opatija, Children’s counseling and parents “Friend”); Free online content for children (Virtual Storytelling and creative workshops).
The association is partly self-financed through 2 programs with the participation of parents (Children’s birthday celebrations and summer activities SOC Opatija).
Our sources of funding are: City of Opatija, the Municipality of Lovran, the County of Primorsko-goranska, Ministries, foundations, sponsors, membership fees, self-financing programs.
We are full members in 7 associations, coordinations and international NGO networks (Union of Societies “Our children” of Croatia; Eurochild organization; Child rights connect; Tapori; Coordination of associations for children; Netzkraft Movement network, Mediterranean Children’s Movement).
We are one of 40 civil society organizations, we make 3 bodies of state and local administration and self-government and 7 public institutions (ministries, primary schools).
The Society “Our Children” has 2 employees, 7 external associates and 30 volunteers.
The professional team consists of: Psychologist/ Educational rehabilitator/ Pedagogue /Preschool educators/Classroom teachers/Speech therapist/Social Pedagogue.
Remember that children are part of society, they deserve to live better and more beautiful! | Money invested in children is the most useful investment! | The time spent on and with children is leading to building a more secure future.9
WE CAN ALL CONTRIBUTE TO IMPLEMENTING THE RIGHTS AND NEEDS OF EVERY CHILD!
Charter of the City of Opatija
Charter to SOC Opatija volunteers “For a smile of a child in the hospital”
Green Card-Patients Association to promote humanity and a holistic approach to patient treatment
High worldwide recognition of the organization Child and Youth Finance International-leadership in civil society
Annual award of the County Primorsko-goranska
Map of children’s playgrounds “-Social responsibility-Initiative of the year/Croatian Association of Safety Managers
Communities in bloom-CiB in cooperation with KEA-Special recognition
The City of Opatija and SOC Opatija with the project of the Children’s City Council were among the finalists of the Child Friendly Cities for the UNICEF World Friendly Cities Inspire Awards 2019
Significant participation of children: 20 of the world’s best child-friendly cities that encourage innovative and inspiring solutions and projects to improve children’s rights at the local level
Charter for the Best Action for the “SOC Opatija arrives to children” program “Virtual Storytelling” given out by the Union of Societies “Our children” Croatia for innovative work programs with children
Charter for the Best Action for the “SOC Opatija arrives to children” program “Searching for stories of our cities” given out by the Union of Societies “Our children” Croatia for innovative work programs with children
Award of the County Primorsko-goranska for continuous quality results and exceptional contribution to the design and organization of children’s leisure time
Special recognition by the City of Opatija for promoting and advocating for children’s rights and children’s participation on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Society “Our Children” Opatija, 20 years of active work and existence of the Children’s City Council of the City of Opatija and the Developmental Support Workshop/playroom for children “Hummingbirds”
Award for organization for Volunteering of 2022 Given By Association for the Development of Civil Society SMART -Voluntary Center Rijeka in cooperation with the City of Rijeka and County of Primorsko-goranska
State Award to the Coordinator of Volunteering of Soc Opatija given out by the Ministry Of Labour, Pension System, Family And Social Policy
Charters for the Best Actions for the “Eyes of Lovran” and “Sensory Garden” projects of our association awarded by the Union of SOC in Croatia for innovative work programs with children
Award Emil Paravina to the 13th convocation of Children’s City Council of Opatija for active children’s participation given out by Union of SOC Croatia
Society “Our Children” Opatija implements projects with and for children with the aim of increasing children’s knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and active children’s participation through creative activities, games and workshops. Children who are active in their local environment learn about democracy and civic responsibility which leads to the building of future tolerant, non-violent, secure social communities.