About us

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:

  • – Self-help groups
  • – Pastoral care

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:

  • – keep the clients informed regarding addiction to alcohol and other psychoactive drugs and gambling, the options of helping (social services, health services) and way of solving the current life situation
  • – increase the client’s motivation and confidence
  • – stabilise the client’s mental condition
  • – develop and consolidate client’s activity, independence and responsibility for the solving of his/her situation
  • – provide clients with contact details of available public services

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:

  • – help client maintain the positive changes that took place during preceding treatment (abstinence, regular schedule, habits, communication with family and close friends, severing ties with users of addictive substances)
  • – prevent the client from consumption of alcohol, use of other psychoactive drugs and from gambling
  • – prevent the client from development of further addictions
  • – strengthen client’s motivation and confidence
  • – increase client’s responsibility for their own behaviour and acting
  • – develop client’s activity and independence
  • – help the client arrange their time
  • – provide the clients with available public services
  • – improve and extend social skills and deal with both common and demanding social situations (training of assertiveness)
  • – help the client find and keep a new occupation
  • – help in searching for a place to live
  • – develop the ability to find and build up new social contacts

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:

  • – meeting, sharing, support, feedback, looking for solutions along with peers with the same problem

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.

Zpracováno 12.6.2012

Přeložil: Jakub NOHAVICA, Jazyková škola Hello, Ostrava – Mariánské Hory