The Action Programme for large families: Three Plus Family (Rodzina Trzy Plus) was introduced by the legal Act No. 429/XIX/2012 of 29 March 2012 of Lublin City Council. At that time, this was the first initiative with such a wide scope in the area of the City of Lublin and in the entire territory of the Lubelskie Voivodeship, as well as one of the first programmes of its kind in Poland. The programme is addressed to all families residing in the area of the City of Lublin with three or more children up to the age of 18 or 25 (if they are in full-time education). The programme aims at supporting the up-bringing of children, the creation of a positive image of multi-children families as well as improved access to cultural, sports and leisure properties through taking advantage of discounts and exemptions offered by city government units and private entrepreneurs. In addition, it fosters cooperation with other institutions providing services to Lublin families in order to create improved living conditions for them as a result of integrated actions.
Assistance to families through the programme has been treated as a long-term investment rather than an ad hoc charity. Therefore, the programme does not build on the classical form of material support for multi-children families, but involves other elements of assistance for the up-bringing of children and for building a positive image of large families. This initiative does not “stigmatise” social assistance, although the programme does not deprive multi-children families in need of the possibility to benefit from social assistance offered by the Municipal Family Support Centre in Lublin. Large families participating in the programme receive the “Rodzina Trzy Plus” card, which is awarded based on the verification of a request submitted by an adult family member. The personal card is issued free of charge for each family member for distinct periods (for parents indefinitely, for children up to the age of 18 with the possibility of extension if they are in full-time education – up to 25 years of age).
In essence, this card presents a municipal initiative to facilitate the everyday life of multi-children families by accumulating a comprehensive offer of many services at discount and promotional prices not available to other inhabitants.
The programme is based on the cooperation with partners. Entities cooperating with the city complement the scope of support by offering services which cannot be provided by local municipal entities. Thanks to the involvement of the business sector, the ideas of helpfulness and social co-responsibility are being initiated among the inhabitants of the City. Acquisition of new programme partners is implemented though the promotion of the programme in the media, but also individual conversations and direct contacts with entities.
The programme has attracted a great deal of interest. It allows families to improve their quality of live, not only from an economic perspective, but also from a social one, enhancing both development and life opportunities for the children brought up in large families. Thus, the programme changes the image of multi-children families. It presents a net benefit not only to multi-children families, but also to the whole local community as it increases demand for local services and goods which improves the situation of local businesses involved in the programme.
|Award category:||the public sector as partner for a better society - supra-local and local level|
|Sector:||Public health and social welfare/affairs|
|Type of activity:|
|Keywords:||Family, multi-children family, large family, family-friendly policies|
|Short English description:||The Action Programme for large families: Three Plus Family (Rodzina Trzy Plus) was introduced by the legal Act No. 429/XIX/2012 of 29 March 2012 of Lublin City Council. The programme is addressed to all families residing in the area of the City of Lublin with three or more children up to the age of 18 or 25 (if they are in full-time education).|
|Organisation:||Municipality of Lublin Department of Health and Social Affairs|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||1-5|
|EU membership:||EU member|