Welcome to the websites of the Blue Cross, Czech Republic. Let us introduce our organisation, its history and the services we offer.
The Blue Cross is an NGO that provides, free of charge, two sorts of social services in their centres located in four towns throughout the Moravian part of the Czech Republic, namely: Ostrava, Karviná, Český Těšín, Frýdek-Místek.
Our teams comprise of university-educated workers: a social worker and a therapist.
Brief history of the Blue Cross
In the Czech Republic, the organisation was founded in 2003. Its roots date back to 1877, when pastor Louis Lucien Rochat gave rise to a grouping called „La société suisse de tempérance“ (Swiss society of abstinence). Despite the fact that it is the USA that is the cradle of the movement, Rochat had found his inspiration in England, from where the idea spread into Europe. The American movement was started by Francis Murphy, who founded the „Blue Ribbon movement“, whose title originates from the Bible, Moses 15:37-39. Shortly after the foundation of the Blue Cross in Switzerland, this institution was established also in Germany and France. The people in charge of these organisations later decided that mutual cooperation on international level should be implemented, which at first developed in European, later also African countries. Presently, the Blue Cross works in all German-speaking countries, Scandinavia, the Benelux countries, Great Britain, Portugal, Poland and in most African countries. Globally, it comprises more than forty thousand members.
Services we provide
The Blue Cross in the Czech Republic, in accordance with the law, provides two forms of social services, called „Professional Social Counselling“ and „Aftercare Services“.
Besides registered social services, we also offer:
More specifically to our services
1. Professional Social Counselling is provided to adults who have, as a result of excessive use of alcohol or other psychoactive drugs, or gambling, got into relational, work or existential problems and who intend to actively participate in solving their life situation. This service is also focused on dependants and the closest environment. The cooperation takes place through one-time, short- or medium-term counselling by means of individual, couple or group sessions.
Professional Social Counselling aims to:
2. Aftercare Services focus on clients aged at least 18 years who have undergone a therapy of addiction to alcohol or other psychoactive drugs, gambling, or who have been abstaining without professional help for at least 3 months.
The cooperation may take place through medium- to long-term counselling and therapy by means of individual, couple or group sessions.
Aftercare Services aim to:
3. Other activities
a) Self-help groups
These groups are based on self-help principle and aim at those who intend to abstain from alcohol and are actively participating in such activities.
Self-help groups are based on:
b) Pastoral care
It is a form of spiritual help that takes place by means of an individual interview or group sessions, aiming to find the sense of life through readings from the Bible, through prayers and personal sharing. Pastoral care is provided free of charge and its realisation is based on individual interview with the client. The pastoral care is provided by the director Jan Czudek.
Přeložil: Jakub NOHAVICA, Jazyková škola Hello, Ostrava – Mariánské Hory