Marika Markovits on Crown Princess Victoria's visit to Stockholms Stadsmission
Stockholms Stadsmission's director Marika Markovits will host The Crown Princess's visit. Photo: Björn Rasmussen/Stockholms Stadsmission.
On Wednesday 9 February, The Crown Princess will be spending the day at homeless charity Stockholms Stadsmission.
The organisation's director Marika Markovits answers a few questions prior to the visit. What will you show The Crown Princess during the day?The Crown Princess kindly agreed to be our patron in 2010, and the purpose of the visit is for us to provide her with general information about Stadsmission's three areas of activity, which include education, social projects and social enterprise. We also want to share our views with The Crown Princess on vulnerability in the city over the next three years and how it affects the choices we face as an organisation. The idea is for The Crown Princess to be able to gain an understanding of what we do and discover whether there is an area in which she has a particular interest. Tell us about the programme for the day, which projects and people will The Crown Princess visit?It will be an intensive day with visits to five of Stadsmission's 25 projects. The focus is on knowledge of our work, so The Crown Princess will meet an employee and a user or volunteer, who will talk about their views on our work based on their experiences. The needs that they see, methods and approaches, and the outcome for users. We will pay a visit to Stadsmission's school, one of our projects for older people, a second hand shop with job training, a therapy project and accommodation for homeless people.
What do you want The Crown Princess to take with her after the visit?
We really hope that The Crown Princess feels that she has had the opportunity to meet people who touch her, that she gets to experience the joy, the commitment, professionalism and the humanity that characterise our organisation. I hope that The Crown Princess comes away with a more thorough knowledge of vulnerability in the city, and feels an even stronger commitment to the work of Stadsmission, so that it facilitates the job of being our patron.
For those who haven't heard of Stockholm Stadsmission, what is the main focus of your work?
Stockholms Stadsmission's aim is to challenge and supplement society's efforts for vulnerable groups and individuals, based on a Christian outlook on people.
We run projects for all ages and meet approximately 1,000 people every day through the different kinds of work that we do. We run an upper secondary school, folk high school and vocational training centres. We have nine second hand shops, which offer opportunities for job training and work experience. We provide a 24-hour service for people who are homeless, providing for both basic needs and more long-term housing. We run an ombudsman service for people with mental disabilities and for children and young people living in vulnerable situations. We have camps for older people and families with children. Our goal is to empower the individual, enabling people to change their situation through their own effort.