Centre Sirius is a centre for psychological counseling, educational training and research. It was founded on 27 July 2006 with the goal of promoting, implementing and advancing psychological and psychosocial assistance and support in order to prevent risky behaviour and improve quality of life for individuals, families, groups and society at large.
The Centre provides counselling and education to children, youth, adults, families and organisations faced with everyday problems and to improve their quality of life. Moreover, the Centre organises expert seminars, lectures, courses and workshops.
The Sirius Centre comprises of a team of experts from the field of psychology who work closely with psychiatrists, social educators, speech therapists, social workers and art educators. Business experts run programs for establishing entrepreneurships.
Establishing a credible organisation, which will facilitate development of a humane society in a way that all of its members recognise and develop their working and professional potential, thus actively contributing to the overall good of the community.
By developing psycho-social and educational support and assistance for all members of society with special emphasis on children and youth through organising and running educational training, counselling and research.
During the implementation of our activities, we cooperate with numerous non-profit organizations, educational institutions and faculties, social welfare and health care institutions and local authorities all over Croatia and Europe. Currently we are engaged on 25 partnerships projects.
The value of volunteer work is also recognized – over 30 volunteers, mostly humanities and social sciences students, are currently involved in several different activities.
Since 2010, we have implemented SOKNO – the quality assurance system for non-profit organizations.
We carry out our projects in co-operation and partnership with:
Primary Schools: OŠ Gustava Krkleca Zagreb, OŠ Špansko Oranice, OŠ Tin Ujević Zagreb, OŠ Dr. Ivan Merz Zagreb, OŠ Dragutina Kušlana, OŠ Vladimira Nazora Slavonski Brod, OŠ Dugave, OŠ Kralja Tomislava, Zagreb
High Schools: Privatna klasična gimnazija Zagreb, Srednja škola – Centar za odgoj i obrazovanje Zagorska, Ekonomska škola Sisak, Srednja škola Petrinja, Srednja tehnička škola Sl. Brod, Zdravstveno učilište Zagreb, Srednja škola – Centar za odgoj i obrazovanje Zagreb
Student Homes: Učenički dom Željezničko-tehničke škole Zagreb, Centar za odgoj i obrazovanje Dubrava
Social Welfare Centers: Zaprešić, Nova Gradiška, Slavonski Brod, Sisak, Petrinja, Croatia Kostajnica, Požega, Šibenik, Čazma, Varaždin and Daruv Zaprešić, Nova Gradiška, Slavonski Brod, Sisak, Petrinja, Hrvatska Kostajnica, Požega, Šibenik, Čazma, Varaždin i Daruvar
a branch of the Croatian Employment Service (Sisak)
Civil Society Organizations: Rehabilitation Center for Stress and Trauma – RCT, Association for the Promotion of Quality Education for Young People with Disabilities – ZAMISLI, Association for Promotion of Inclusion Slavonski Brod, Children’s Center Logos, Ardura Šibenik Association, Association One for Others, Iskra, Balans Center, Forum for Quality Fostering, Center for Civil Initiatives, Association of Foster Homes Velika Srca Čazma, Proni – Center for Social Teaching, Association for Education, Culture and Development of Civil Society “Lutum”, Association of Fathers “Nada” Ivanec
Children’s homes: Home for children and young adults Lipik (now community service center) and Vrbina, Sisak
international organizations: Jugend am Werk, Austria; Ariadne, Switzerland; University of Siegen, Germany; Co & So, Italy; University of Lodz, Poland; Direcţia Generală de Asistenţă Socială and Protecţia Copilului, Romania; Fundaţia “Centrul Educaţional Soros”, Romania and the Budapest Children’s Child Protection Service, Hungary
Our donors are: City Office for Education, Culture and Sports; City Office for Health and Veterans; City Office for Social Welfare and Persons with Disabilities; Mayor’s Office; Ministry of Family, Veterans and Intergenerational Solidarity; Ministry of Health and Social Welfare; Ministry of science, education and sport; National Foundation for Civil Society Development; The Government Office for the Suppression of Drug Abuse, the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth; Foundation “Croatia for Children”; Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Ministry of Science and Education; „Zajednički put“ Foundation, the Lions Club and the European Commission.
Three Year Programs:
• 2015-2018 Youth Job Club Sisak, is funded by the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy and is implemented in partnership with the Proni Center in Sisak. It is aimed at empowering young unemployed in disadvantaged positions for easier and more effective inclusion in the world of work through different project activities such as: intensive job search training, individual vocational guidance and career planning, project development and management skills training, entrepreneurial skills training etc.
• 2016-2019 The Foster Care Children Support Program, a three-year program, is funded by the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy and is implemented in partnership with Social welfare center Čazma and Daruvar, a foster family support association „Veliko Srce“ from Čazma and the association „Osmjeh djeteta“ from Sisak . It is aimed at improving the quality of care for foster care children.
• 2014-2016 The Foster Care Development Support Program was funded by the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth and was implemented in partnership with the Centers for Social Welfare Šibenik, Hrvatska Kostajnica, Sisak and Požega. It was focused on promoting foster care for children and improving the quality of foster care for children.
Sirius was the leading partner of two projects funded by EU funds:
• December 2014 – February 2016 Empowering the Associations of Foster Families project, carried out by Sirius, was implemented in partnership with 3 associations from Croatia and focused on improving the organizational and voluntary capacity of foster parents’ associations to provide social services in the community. The project was funded by the European Social Fund.
• February 2015 – August 2016 Youth Job Clubs – Pilot project in Sisak-Moslavina County project, which was carried out by Sirius and implemented in partnership with 3 associations from Croatia and the branch office of Croatian Employment Service in Sisak. The aim of the project was increasing the employability of young people from the Sisak-Moslavina County. The project was financed by the IPA program.
Sirius was a partner in the implementation of two projects financed from EU funds:
• December 2010 – December 2011 The project Empower the weakest in the labor market was conducted in the Sisak-Moslavina Count and it was largely financed by IPA. The project leader was the Rehabilitation Center for Stress and Trauma. The main objective of the project was to empower members of marginalized groups for employment through psychosocial support and educational activities.
• In February 2013 – May 2014, a project Through education to employment was conducted in the area of Hrvatska Kostajnica and Dvor. The project was largely funded by IPA: Leading partner was the Rehabilitation Center for Stress and Trauma, while Sirius was a partner in implementation. The main objective of the project was to facilitate the re-qualification of social assitence beneficiaries and link them to potential employers.
Sirius was also a partner in two international projects:
• September 2013 – August 2015 – FALEFOS – Family Learning in Foster Families funded under the Lifelong Learning Program and implemented in partnership with 7 EU Member States (Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Romania, Poland and Croatia) with the aim to improve co-operation between foster families, biological families and social workers.
• September 2014 – August 2016 – CareComp – Competence development for carers and educators of children in foster care in the context of transition from institutional to community based care was implemented in partnership with 4 EU countries (Austria, Romania, Hungary and Croatia) and was aimed at enhancing the competences of foster parents and social workers. The project was funded by the Erasmus + program.