PROFILE  SMES   1992 - 2018 

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'0vercome the poverty  is not one charitable gesture

 it is one act of justice, an act of protection of a fundamental

 human right,  the right to dignity and a life decent

(Nelson Mandela)


is a non-profit International Association (aisbl) operates at the interface, intersection of mental health and social exclusion. The European Network SMES began in 1992 in Rome as a result of the “1st European seminar on the appalling neglect and abandoned homeless people living in extremely poor health & social conditions and suffering from mental health problems”.


Despite national differences, in both the nature and severity of the problem,  exclusion is a structural problem in society and constitutes a political challenge for Europe: the building of the European Community must take place within a framework of citizenship and solidarity.


SMES-EUROPA operates in order to improve mental, physical & social well-being, and to promote inclusion, citizenship and solidarity in European Countries for people living in extreme social and health precariousness.

Ø  TARGET    are men and women  “home / belonging”- less :

-          mentally ill people without adequate assistance,

-          elderly people loneliness  and  abandoned,

-          refugees and migrants without documents .



The SMES network aims to develop research and disseminate effective models of medical and social care for deprived and disadvantaged people:

1.   Research/action :  Not enough is known yet about needs and services in the European context to adapt a prescriptive approach. Rather we seek:

-          to identify innovative services

-          to develop and evaluate new interventions

-          to translate knowledge into practical action

2.   Information and heightening of awareness : SMES promotes awareness in society as a whole, and more specifically among social and health workers, policy makers.

3.   Networking : SMES is an European network improving opportunities of working together and promoting multi- promoting multi-disciplinary co-operation between :

-    workers in the fields of health care and social welfare

-    workers in public & private sectors

-    researchers and practitioners

-     professionals and voluntary people directly working  with mentally ill and excluded people

4.  Education and training : SMES works for the promotion and dissemination of effective projects and practices by means of study days, seminars and conferences. The intention is to offer an opportunity to workers, users, ex-users and their relatives of exchanging ideas, experiences and know-how.



1.        Rome                      1992  Homelessness & Mental illness

2.        Brussels                  1993  Mental Health & Social Exclusion

3.        Paris                        1995  From exclusion to participation

4.        Madrid                    1997  Citizenship the first

5.        Copenhagen           1999  Dialogue & Exclusion

6.        Athens                     2000  Health & Dignity

7.        Lisbon                      2002  Exchanging for changing

8.        Prague                     2004  Right  -  Access  - Participation

9.        Berlin                       2005  The voice of the exclusion

10.      Rome                       2007  15 years after Dignity & Health 

11.      Athens                     2010  Invisible wounds of migrants

12.      Bucharest                2011  Sharing and participating

13.      R o m e                     2013  Home-less & Home-first

14.      Lisbon                      2017 16-18 /03/17 : Dignity & Well-being


1.   Preliminary survey about Homeless & mentally ill people.

2.   To leave in health and dignity : presentation and evaluation of good practices for disadvantaged people .


3.    Exchanges project : mutual learning between good practices of
 10 capital cities of this European countries:  

1.        D& H 5P/ I :   RO – BG – PL – LV - CZ

2.         D& H 5P/ II:   BE – FR – IT – ES – DK

4.   PROJECT  Dignity & Well-being  2014 -2017
               (all without support of EU Commission )

2014    1st & 2nd semester 2014 -  collect- evaluation – redaction
             of study cases / emblematic profiles of some homeless:

             living in permanent way on the street or shelters.

  • 4-5 July in  Brussels : meeting with Associations and
       Organisations involved:  Brussels (BE); Berlin(DE);
       Copenhagen (DK);  Paris &  Marseille (FR);  Roma (IT);
       Warszawa  (PL) ;  Madrid & Barcelona – (SP)

  • 20-21 November :  Event on Convention of Poverty

2015-17    Project  “Dignity & Well-being :  study / action
                   about  homeless in the  street in permanent way and  with
                   some problems of mental health.

                    To collect  profiles  and  to evaluate in exchanges
                    workshops and inter-vision program .

  • 1-3  October 2015 – Warsaw Workshop, with study’s visits  for analysis & evaluation  of prepared profiles of homeless

  • 16-18 April 2016  Athens  2° Workshop  D-&-WB

  • 27-29  October 2016,  Copenhagen 3° Workshop  D-&-WB

2017    XIV Conference SMES Lisbon 16-18 March                
             This conference will be conclusion of 3 workshops

2016-19  Partner  in  Erasmus+  project  with
                 Lisbon  Psychiatrist Hospital .


2002 – 2017   25 Year of  SMES-Europa Association

changement d'adresse : Rue Rampart aux Moines 78 - B-1000 Bruxelles