EDRA Social Cooperative Activities for Vulnerable Groups is a civil, non-profit, cooperative organization established in 2001 and dedicated to the promotion of mental health services while safeguarding the rights of social vulnerable groups. EDRA applies a holistic approach regarding its services, offering aid and psychosocial support to various social groups.
At EDRA, we provide mental health services to those living with mental health challenges, support children and their families in overcoming learning disabilities; we also offer special needs education to people with intellectual or other disabilities. We also develop or participate in national and European project initiatives for vulnerable social groups, we launch projects to enable women and men to balance family and work life, while we also offer training programs appealing to various social groups. Moreover, we are constantly expanding our partnerships with Greek and European organizations guided by a vision similar to our own. EDRA has contributed to the establishment of prestigious national and European networks, being a member of the N.E.F.E.L.E. network (Network of European Art Festivals for mEntal HeaLth Enhancement), president of the ENALMH network (European Network of Active Living for Mental Health), member of Mental Health Europe and EUFAMI (European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness), board member of the Hellenic Federation of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health Organizations “ARGO”, as well as a member of the Federation of Voluntary Non-Governmental Organizations of Greece.
In order to attain our goals, we have established an extensive network of institutional partnerships both at national and European level with higher-education institutions (Athens School of Fine Arts, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens/School of Physical Education and Sport Science) and other relevant institutions (Administrative District of Attica, municipal authorities, etc.).
We abide by the values of transparency and social responsibility and account for our work and achievements by being subject to independent outside inspections. We aim at fully meeting the needs of our beneficiaries, by providing high-quality services: certified with ISO 9001:2008, and in accordance to Greek standard ELOT 1429: “Management Competence Systems for the implementation of public works”, registered in the European Transparency Register under ID: 524950719942-02 in the National Registry of Non-Profit Private Sector Organizations providing social care services (Δ23/28477/1793), as well as the Special Registry of Voluntary Non-Governmental Organizations (09112ΣΥΤ12066041Ν0042) and the Registry of Cultural Organizations of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Each individual member of our team and all of us together envision, plan, implement and support activities that make a positive impact on people’s lives and the community as a whole.
We provide social care services guided by our love for our beneficiaries and we genuinely feel happy when we realize that our everyday actions can positively affect the lives of people around us.
We envision a better future for everyone! However, creating a positive change in the world is not something we can accomplish unassisted. Thus, we firmly believe that if we manage to “Live and Plan, all TOGETHER!” we can undoubtedly improve our future prospects and succeed in reaching our goals!