The Hand in Hand Foundation has been working since 1993 for a tolerant society in which the individuals with disabilities can live with dignity. Our primary task is to promote the cause of the people with disability, especially the ones who lives with mental disability and the most disadvantaged backgrounds as well as the ones lives with multiple disabilities. We contact with the disabled people via their environments, directly and indirectly, in all phases of their lives involving family, experts and welfare organizations or by addressing the society as a whole.
Our main principles
• reforming, continually improving, conscious and planned system
• professional credibility and maintainable quality
• system-based and multipliable solutions
• accountability and transparency
In our eyes, the evolution of mentally disabled people’s life quality reflects the Hungarian society’s maturity. As longs as society cannot accept and appreciate the fact that it can only become an integral whole by respecting individual differences, we fail to fulfil our dream and there is a lot to be done.
Since the term “Hand in Hand” can be interpreted in a complex way, our tasks are also complex. Despite being small, our team quickly reacts to challenges. In this field we are pioneers, who consider social, professional and institutional structures changeable and think that they should be changed.
Ákos Pordán, managing director
Éva Kovács, head of methodological department
Dr. Adrienn Gazsi, legal aid service
Erzsébet Csom, project manager
Gabriella Sebestyén, training organization
Ibolya Szász, secretariat
Ildikó Váradi, communication
Irén Kis, finances and accounting
Lehel K. Papp, project coordinator and IT support
Melinda Nagy, project manager
Miklós Fehér, labour market service manager
Orsolya Eszik, project manager
Tibor Gyergyádes, project manager
Zsuzsa Rozgonyi, project manager
The concerned ones
Our funds are aimed at supporting families which bring up disabled children or take care of disabled adults with highly disadvantaged backgrounds. In case of heavy dependence, the evaluation of support is subject to approval by our board of trustees.
FECSKE (Temporary Escorting and Caring for Families Looking after Disabled People) is a kind of stop-gap service that primarily supports the lives of the families concerned and their social integration. It gives appropriate (flexible and personalized) answers to real needs that significantly influence the lives of families bringing up disabled children and adults and facilitate their employment. At the same time, it helps family members who occasionally long for some relaxation and charging.
Vision: FECSKE Network’s purpose is to create a world where families are given the chance to integrate the disabled person as smoothly as possible.
Mission: In a flexible and reliable way, FECSKE Network provides families looking after disabled people with equal opportunities by sponsoring home care and escorting throughout Hungary.
Alternative Labour Market Service
We have started our Alternative Labour Market Service in order to help people of modified working abilities to find jobs. With the help of our service, we attempt to facilitate the connection between the employers in open labour market and the unemployed disabled people.
Our informational centre stores data for families taking care of both disabled children and adults and for experts.
Our goal is twofold in the sense that the two units of the informational centre contain the data related to social services and institutions available to the disabled people. Furthermore, the purpose of our informational service is to answer the following questions by the concerned families, experts and organizations:
• services available and the access to them
• medical care available
• related legislation.
If you are interested and need detailed data and further information, you can have access to them by clicking on the following website www.kezenfogva.hu/Adatbazis. (It is available only in Hungarian.)
As a member of the social methodological consortium of the Northern Great Plains since 1 July, 2008 (main centre: Victoria Nursing-Home Care at Hodász), and the Mid-Hungarian regional social consortium (main centre: Maltese Charity Service), the Hand in Hand Foundation is authorized to act as a social methodological institution. In this sense, the foundation provides both methodological assistance and services concerned with the disabled people to the relevant social organizations and institutions operating in the two regions.
Within the framework of all these activities, it offers among others legal assistance, information, professional guidance and improvement. What is more, it arranges for training facilities and comments on legislative changes and, if necessary, initiates and carries out service development activities. The methodological work in the two regions is done incorporation with local and national organizations, institutions and experts.
Hand in Hand for promoting the interests of the individuals with disability
Do not give in!
The Foundation is providing the so-called “Do not give in” anti-discriminative legal aid service this year as well. We welcome anyone with mental or multiple disabilities including their relatives (since relatives can also be victims of discrimination). We also welcome any pressure groups and social organizations as well as any individuals who, as a result of their disabilities suffer disadvantages in terms of housing, employment, training, education, medical and social affairs.
Accept it, accept me
Accept it, accept me
This project encourages the emancipation and integration of mentally disabled people. The project has been on for six years. The annual opening event takes place on the Family Day, 1 May. The program continues in the form of a road-show with a truck moving around the country. You can find further details regarding our actual events and locations by clicking on the website www.fogadj-el.hu. Come and support us by your participation. Promote the cause of the disabled. For further information and news click on the website www.fogadj-el.hu.
If you would like to support the realization of our mission and do something useful for a tolerant society, please support our Accept it, Accept me project by sending cash donation. The project has been operated by our Foundation for the sake of integrated society and the acceptance and emancipation of the disabled persons since 2005.