ABOUT US

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!

OUR TEAM

SANJA ŠKORIĆ

Secretary of Society „Our children“ Opatija and vice-president of Union of SOC of Croatia

SANJA ŠKORIĆ

Our Sanjica is always smiling, ready to transfer knowledge, learn new things, to work, have fun and is spread joy.
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JADRAN RUBEŠA

Educational rehabilitator and mentor

JADRAN RUBEŠA

As his organizational skills, he states responsibility for work, ability for multitasking, diligence and experience in leading a team. He is always smiling, open, ready to help, open to learning and working. These are just some of the qualities of our Jadran.
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ANTONIA KATIĆ

Coordinator of the Volunteers and Educator

ANTONIA KATIĆ

spending time in nature with family and friends, writing and making various wood artwork.
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SABRINA JELIĆ

Member of the Executive Board of SOC Opatija

SABRINA JELIĆ

Member of the Executive Board of SOC Opatija

KRISTINA TUBIĆ

PR expert for public relations and member of the Executive Board of SOC Opatija

KRISTINA TUBIĆ

PR expert for public relations and member of the Executive Board of SOC Opatija
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Lidija Zima

Accountant manager

Lidija Zima

Accountant manager

SANDRA HRVATIN

Member of the Executive Board of SOC Opatija

SANDRA HRVATIN

Member of the Executive Board of SOC Opatija
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PETRA BOROVAC

Member of the Executive Board of SOC Opatija

PETRA BOROVAC

Member of the Executive Board of SOC Opatija
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ANA JANTOLEK

Psychologist

ANA JANTOLEK

Psychologist
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Ivone Šabarić Rubeša

Member of the Executive Board of SOC Opatija

Ivone Šabarić Rubeša

Member of the Executive Board of SOC Opatija

ANĐELINA KNEŽEVIĆ

Advisor for organizational development of association

ANĐELINA KNEŽEVIĆ

Advisor for organizational development of association
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ANTONIJA NIKOLIĆ

Pedagogue

ANTONIJA ŠENKIŽEK

Pedagogue
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REWARDS

2005

Charter of the City of Opatija

2009

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

2015

High worldwide recognition of the organization Child and Youth Finance International-leadership in civil society

Annual award of the County Primorsko-goranska

2016

Map of children’s playgrounds “-Social responsibility-Initiative of the year/Croatian Association of Safety Managers

2017

Communities in bloom-CiB in cooperation with KEA-Special recognition

2019

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 

2020

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

2022

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

PROJECTS

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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.

DONATE

SOCIETY “OUR CHILDREN” OPATIJA

Stubište Lipovica 2

51410 Opatija, Croatia

OIB: 4791 350 6308

IBAN: HR0524020061100257164

APPLICATION FORM FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR REGULAR ACTIVITIES IN THE SOCIETY "OUR CHILDREN" OPATIJA (ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023)

If you are interested in any of the activities of the Society “Our Children” Opatija, fill in the required information below. By filling out the application form, you express interest in the desired activity, not direct enrollment. After the start of enrollment for the current academic year, the enrollment coordinator or the mentor of the activity for which you have applied will contact you.

Prijavnica za iskazivanje interesa za redovne aktivnosti u Društvu „Naša djeca“ Opatija (ŠKOLSKA GODINA 2022./2023.)

Ako ste zainteresirani za neku od aktivnosti Društva „Naša djeca“ Opatija, ispunite niže tražene podatke. Ispunjavanjem prijavnice iskazujete interes prema željenoj aktivnosti, a ne direktan upis. Nakon početka upisa za aktualnu pedagošku godinu  javit će Vam se koordinatorica upisa ili voditelj/voditeljica aktivnosti za koju ste se prijavili.

APPLICATION FORM FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR VOLUNTEERING IN THE SOCIETY "OUR CHILDREN" OPATIJA

If you are interested in volunteering in the Society “Our Children” Opatija, fill in the required information below. After completing the application, you will be contacted by the volunteer coordinator of our association.

APPLICATION FORM FOR COOPERATION WITH THE SOCIETY "OUR CHILDREN" OPATIJA

If you are interested in cooperating with the Society “Our Children” Opatija, fill in the required information below. After completing the application, you will be contacted by the secretary of our association.

Prijavnica za iskazivanje interesa za volontiranje u Društvu „Naša djeca“ Opatija

Ako ste zainteresirani za volontiranje u Društvu „Naša djeca“ Opatija ispunite niže tražene podatke. Nakon ispunjenja prijave, kontaktirat će Vas koordinator volontera naše udruge.

PRIJAVNICA ZA SURADNJU S DRUŠTVOM „NAŠA DJECA“ OPATIJA

Ako ste zainteresirani za suradnju s Društvom „Naša djeca“ Opatija ispunite niže tražene podatke. Nakon ispunjenja prijave, kontaktirat će Vas tajnik naše udruge.