WISEs are with Ukrainian people

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, ENSIE members and their members have been very active to support Ukrainians refugees in Europe. On this page you will for each country a list of actions led by WISEs, the support that the WISEs are receiving from their public authorities and the type of additional support requested by the WISEs.

ENSIE prepared along with RREUSE a position on WISEs and Ukraine, that you can find here. 


Actions led by ENSIE's member, RISE Romania and its members: 

INTERSECT is a social enterprise active in Timișoara (Romania), which works in close collaboration with CRIES, a member of RISE RO (member of ENSIE).

INTERSECT started in 2021 a complex activity to support the Ukrainian community from Timisoara:

·        social shop, where Ukrainian refugees pick up food and non-food products for free. There we created 3 jobs for refugees from Ukraine;

·        social and entrepreneurial counseling for the development of economic activities for 15 refugee women from Ukraine;

·        the development of cultural and educational events through collaboration with Ukrainian refugees (adults and children), through collaboration with other NGOs and social enterprises.

More information are available here: https://www.facebook.com/intersect.tm



ADV Romania:

Starting from April 2023, the "Alături de Voi" Foundation implements two projects that support Ukrainian refugees and that can make a significant difference in their lives:

  • The "Community Center for Children and Families from Ukraine" project, implemented together with the Bethany Social Services Foundation (partnership leader) and with the financial support of Active Citizens Fund Romania, a program financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants 2014-2021, comes in support of beneficiaries to respond to the need for assistance and support in making informed decisions, the need for access to services and support to ensure their integration into the labor market.


  • With the support of NESsT, implement an integrated labor placement program for refugees that will focus on identifying and developing their skills through an integrated package of specialized professional integration services (vocational testing, training, job-coaching).

Also, ADV Romania aims to employ refugees from Ukraine in its own social economy structures and offers consultancy and mentoring for organizations that work with refugees, to open social enterprises in which to employ refugees or to support them to become entrepreneurs in Romania.

We strongly believe that together, we can help change the lives of these people and provide real and lasting support.


The Ateliere Fără Frontiere Association is among the organizations that opened its doors for the employment of refugees from Ukraine since March 2022, and they currently offer employment services through the workplaces in their workshops, counseling sessions and vocational guidance, but also information and mediation services on the labor market.

In the project ”Support to self- reliance of vulnerable refugees from Ukraine” that they develop with help from UNHCR, they succeed to:

  • organize 458 initial counseling discussions were organized until now in the project
  • organize 141 counseling sessions at the Ateliere Fără Frontiere offices where they identified the skills of the Ukrainian refugees and checked the availability for different types of jobs proper for them
  • to accompany 55 beneficiaries to interviews
  • to find jobs for 45 beneficiaries
  • to enroll 190 people to Romanian language courses


  • Centrul Contact, with EU support, between March and June 2022, carried out a national campaign to show the involvement of social enterprises in supporting refugees. More information here
  • Floare de cires Catering between March 2022 and June 2023, prepared and delivered around 100,000 portions of food in boxes (breakfast, lunch and dinner) to 17 refugee centres in Ialoveni district and Chișinău municipality.
  • In Răzeni,  between February and September 2022, people was sheltered in their homes over 80 Ukrainian refugees, almost half of them are children and young people and Eco-Razeni provided families with personal hygiene and cleaning items, Moldovan sweets and toys for children, school items for students.
  • Credem-Eco Catering between February 2022 and June 2023, prepared and delivered around 65,000 portions of food in boxes (breakfast, lunch and dinner) to 2 refugee centres in Bălți municipality.
  • In Bălți, Business Training and Development Association provided the following services for refugees: 82 women trained in digital literacy; more than 200 refugees informed about employment opportunities; 80 people know the legislation regarding the labor market in the Republic of Moldova; 7 people employed.


Actions led by ENSIE's member, ASSE and its members: 

ASSE activity focused on a media promotion to present the possibilities of integrating Ukrainians in Slovakia into social enterprises. You can find attached an article in which, Ivan Mako,  WASCO chairman and ASSE President  explains that social enterprises such as WASCO are hiring Ukrainian refugees and that social enterprises can employ up to 2500 Ukrainians in Slovakia. WASCO can employ up to 10 refugees, propose them one hour/day to language teaching. WASCO also has a community center that can help with healthcare information, placement of children in kindergartens and schools. He called to widespread the information to refugees, so they know there are some opportunities in social enterprises. Indeed, it is in the interest for Social enterprises and for Ukrainians to quickly be employed, this way they can learn the language and they can feel welcome in the country.

Social enterprises in Slovakia want to prepare an information campaign for Ukrainian citizens on employment opportunities in social enterprises and the benefits to employ Ukrainian citizens.

Support from public authorities

In general Ukrainians refugees arriving in Slovakia are given resident status (they are entitled to free healthcare, children can go to school and kindergartens), they can enter the labour market without further permission. Everyone should look for a job themselves and the employers don’t need more paperwork, however, the new job must be notified by the employer within seven days to the employment office. A Ukrainian citizen - refugee is entitled to a material benefit emergency - the adult receives 68.80 euros per month from the employment office, if has one or at most four children - 130.90 euros.

In Slovakia, there are gaps in the establishment and operation of systematic steps in prompt assistance and subsequent assistance for integration and adaptation. Multiple shortcomings of the crisis management authorities are covered by volunteers, NGOs, entrepreneurs and social enterprises. Ministry of Labour declared the support to the Social Economy as a priority but there is very little communication and cooperation with the Ministry.


Actions led by ENSIE's member, SWR and its members

As for support for war refugees from Ukraine, in the last months of 2022, SWR managed to support the creation of 38 jobs for them with the help of around EUR 400,000 from our OWES SWR project.
New jobs were created in several social enterprises in our region, i.e. the Silesian Voivodeship in Poland. One of this activities was the creation of 5 jobs for Ukrainian women in the Film Incubator in Katowice, which is a social enterprise. Please see the link to the video https://fb.watch/lysDpPoZOY/ about it.


Actions led by ENSIE's member, Galileo Progetti and its members

At the beginning of the crisis, the Hungarian government allowed the entry into Hungary to everyone who can demonstrate that they lived in Ukraine, no matter the nationality or the passport. The first wave was constituted mostly by Ukrainian women, often with young children, as men were to stay in Ukraine as soldiers. Another big group was constituted by foreign students and fresh graduates from Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa) and India, who were students in Ukrainian universities and had to leave. Part of them decided to remain in Hungary, as the governments and universities accepted them as students (even if normally they couldn’t be accepted without exams and without a special visa for their citizenship). Part of them went back to their original country and other emigrated to other countries (mostly Germany).

In this first period, Galileo established direct contact with its Ukrainian partners, based in Budapest or in Ukraine. Galileo offered support for people in transit to rest for a night and sleep in the office. They bought several sleeping bags, and provided them to refugees on the border trough local associations (Budapest Bike Maffia and Migration Aid) which organized special missions, in support of the local municipalities to provide first accommodation for refugees. Galileo staff supported logistics for people in transit in Budapest during their travel to other countries. Galileo’s members made their holiday house available for refugees, a group of African young people before and actually a Ukrainian family with 3 small children. Galileo also shared information about work opportunities, possibility to volunteer, research of means of transportation etc. via social media. Indeed as there are civil organizations very active, and it’s important to share the information. Several refugees already founded a work in Hungary, both people without qualification (Hungarian work market is in need of workers), and qualified people as IT, language teachers. There’s a sad exception, regarding Hungarian minority living in Ukraine (around 180.000 persons), mostly Roma, with double citizenship, which are hardly discriminated. 

Support from public authorities

Currently, the government is looking to accelerate the procedure to recognize Ukrainian degrees, especially in the health sector, as this could be useful for the country, considering the lack of health care workers.

Several multinational companies already started campaign to enroll Ukrainian workers.


Actions led by ENSIE's member, SEAL and its members

  • Latvijas Samariešu apvienība "SenRiga" hosted 41 refugees from Ukraine, seven of them are in wheelchair, five with vision impairment, and eight are children. 15 humanitarian cargos have been delivered since the start of the war.
  • Many organisations and enterprises were involved in making trench candles and/or informing how to do it - Cerību spārni,  mammamuntetiem.lv


Entrepreneurs are now focusing on long term support by finding ways to employ Ukrainians. Here are two wonderful examples:

  • Social enterprise Dabas Zirgi has welcomed Ukrainians in their community and home. Together they have created Mazais vagoniņš - Latvian and ukrainian traditional food in an authentic latvian farm house.
  • There is a new social enterprise "Borščs" where Ukrainian women cook traditional Ukrainian meals. This means a lot to Ukrainian women - work, income and real help at a time of war in their homeland.
  • Social Enterprise "Visas Iespējas" (All Opportunities) give informative support. It's a platform focused on informing young people about job and growth opportunities. They also inform about opportunities to help Ukrainians.


Actions led by ENSIE's member, LiSVA and its members

LiSVA stands in solidarity with social entrepreneurs from Ukraine and offers its help - advice, information, and contacts.

LISVA’s Members are doing different activities such as :

  • Taking care of families, collect humanitarian aid, organize a hackathon to create specific solutions (to facilitate information management), help urgently in joint ventures through the EYE program.
  • Supporting incoming Ukrainian pregnant women by giving them "Maternity Baskets" - hygiene and cleanliness kits for the woman and the newborn needed at the maternity home.
  • Temporarily housed refugees from Ukraine at personal home
  • Accommodated two families (a mother with two children and a young girl) in their institution, and looking to accommodate two more single people.

Support from public authorities

Overall, there is no support. It is a volunteer action of solidarity and civil activism regardless support from authority support. If there will be additional support from the local authorities, actions could reach bigger impact. Some of them applied for support but no information yet.

Type of additional support needed:

Need for financial support to involve more support as well as publicity.

Czech Republic

Actions led by ENSIE's member, TESSEA and its members

Czech Republic social enterprises are active in catering, they are preparing food for Ukrainians refugees. Here are a few more examples :

  • Modrý domeček z Řevnic, near Praga is hosting 25 Ukrainian families.
  • Toulcově dvoře in Praga is preparing to host and feed some Ukrainians, they are organising a collect on  Facebook. They’ve sent mats, sleeping bags, thermal underwear, war shoes to Ukraine. 
  • Fokus Vysočina collected in its volunteer centre in Humpolec food, blankets and medicines. They are helping the city of Vysočina to find volunteers (Ukrainians and Russian interpreters). The city of Humpolec is organising hosting in a close by monastery in Želiv and in local hotels.
  • Social enterprise Bistro Čistá duše FOVY sro prepares every day free meals for refugees.  They furnish foodbanks with food and hygiene products.
  • Social enterprise FOVY offered 7 jobs to Ukrainian women in Havlíčkův Brod and Chotěboř : cleaning, sewing and assembling.
  • In Moravia,  Valašská Diakonická  cooperated with the city of Valašské Meziříčí, to host 60 refugees. And provided clothes to Ukrainian child through the social enterprise  Pralinky s příběh.

Support from public authorities

Very little support of public authorities and nothing specific for social enterprises, MoLSA is not preparing anything specific targeting the current situation. However, there is some financial support available at the moment in the Czech Republic, even though there is no more public authorities support to organisations that take care of migrants:

  • Ministry of interior gives money to migrant organisations for integration
  • MoLSA gives out for establishing child groups
  • there is Visegrad fund: https://www.visegradfund.org/news/visegrad-4-ukraine/
  • some foundations (corporate or non-profit) provide quick money for child/youth programmes and other support

Type of additional support needed:

TESSEA is calling for :  

  • fund for translators into/from Ukrainian - Czech Republic is the 2nd most affected after Poland in terms of the ratio of migrants per inhabitant
  • fund for psycho-social support - therapists and social workers are badly needed, especially those with the expertise on post-war trauma
  • specific support of social enterprises for creating jobs for Ukrainians
  • support for educational programmes for Ukrainians
  • generally more means for the migrant organisation that provide long term complex support and are good at intercultural work (the best prevention of racism and hatred which we already can observe in our country :-(
  • in general our government (right-centrist) is rather "mean" and leaves many things on people, volunteer and NGO help
  • TESSEA has, however, recommended to include Ukrainians as target group for the ESF+ calls for proposals that are being prepared for the autumn this year. 


Actions led by ENSIE's members and their members

ABZ*AUSTRIA (member of arbeit plus (arbeit plus is member of ENSIE)) is currently running the ABZ*BBE #UKR.WORKINAUSTRIA: Our project support people from Ukraine (with the existing ID card for displaced persons) in finding a suitable job, in career planning and integration in Austria.

Our services include personal and confidential counseling with multilingual advisers, assistance with career orientation and future prospects, recording of professional skills and qualifications and give support in preparing application documents in German. We provide assistance in accessing the Austrian labor market and support with job offers, internships, and/or job trainings.


We focus on rapid integration into appropriate training or education programs and offer free workshops, regular information days and open space days.


In addition, the following objectives apply, which vary individually in detail:

•             Support in all matters relating to job applications and career orientation or placement support.

•             Stabilization and activation in the current life situation, strengthening and empowerment.

•             Development of compatibility solutions and childcare.

•             Support for individual problems housing, school, and German courses.

•             Learning about and deepening possibilities for health promotion for maintaining employability – our focus is on organizations that help to deal with the trauma caused by war and escape.


Support from public authorities

ABZ*BBE #UKR.WORKINAUSTRIA is supported by the Public Employment Service Austria (AMS). To make our support more effective, we'd need good coordination between stakeholders, clear mandates, avoidance of redundancy and clear responsibilities from public authorities.

Link: https://www.abzaustria.at/de/projekte-abz-austria/ukr-work-in-austria


Actions led by ENSIE's members and their members

The fédération des enterprises d’insertion,at first, surveyed their members to see if they had the capacity to provide jobs for Ukrainian refugees. The answers showed a strong mobilisation and WISEs offered up to 10 000 jobs in WISEs for Ukrainians refugees. They concerted afterwards with the other actors to find solution concerning operational implementation of job accessibility. The Government launched launched a dispositive of temporary protection for Ukrainian’s roperational implementation of job accessibility, which simplifies the procedure. 

Coorace also declared that its members will help refugees to find a job in their structures, even for short time periods.

Support from public authorities

The government launched a dispositive of temporary protection for Ukrainian’s refugee so they can enter more quickly on the labour market.

There is a strong mobilisation from authorities on this topic to find solutions about technical points. The actions led by la fédération des enterprises d'insertion are supported, at least morally, by public authorities. 

Type of additional support needed:

It will be necessary to find a solution concernin the traiing for funding and the question of the language. 


Actions led by ENSIE's members and their members

Lot of initiatives by HERWIN’s members, with the support from municipalities:

Furthermore, they all collect donations of materials.

Support from public authorities

All the activities have been done with the support of the municipalities.


Actions led by ENSIE's member, Klimax Plus and its members

Organised a humanitarian mission at the Romanian-Ukrainian borders to provide telepsychiatry services to the affected population in Ukraine and the neighbouring countries. The telepsychiatry service provides psychiatric and psychosocial services, on a 24 hour basis, by experienced psychiatrists and mental health professionals, in the following languages: Ukrainian, Russian, Belarusian, Romanian, Polish, English, French, Italian, Arabic, Farsi. More information about it here and here


Actions led by ENSIE's members and their members

Idee in Rete joined the campaign #abbraccioperlapace to ensure dialogue between Ukrainian and Russian communities and avoid the development of hate between communities. They organise dialogues and meetings between Ukrainians and Russians in collaboration with other organisations.

Idee in Rete promoted the #stopthewar caravan Stop the war now - Nonviolent Peace Action in Ukraine.

As a formal network of social cooperatives belonging to Confcooperative Federsolidarietà, at the level of governmental interlocutors, Idee in Rete is participating in the organisation and planning committees for the reception of Ukrainian refugees. In this operational context, Idee in Rete social co-operatives are reorganising their structures to favour the reception of migrants and are participating at a local level in the infrastructure of a widespread reception system. In particular, the organisations of our Universal Civil Service network, where possible, are reorganising their ordinary activities, where volunteer workers are currently engaged, in order to provide relief and assistance to the Ukrainian population, in full implementation of the principle of solidarity.

Support from public authorities

Currently, the public authorities are focusing on welcoming migrants. However, according to Idee in Rete, they are repeating errors of approach that have already occurred in the management of past crisis. For example, the Italian government is paying hotels to house Ukrainian refugees, even though their cost per person is almost three times higher than in third sector organisations. And they don’t take into account the fact that these organisations, in contrast to hotels, are also responsible for taking care of people and not only for providing food and accommodation.

Type of additional support needed:

The support of public authorities is necessary to make the reception of Ukrainian refugees more effective. It should consist in legislative, economic and financial planning that looks beyond the emergency of the moment. These policies should focus on the social inclusion of migrants, to encourage processes and itineraries and active citizenship. An inclusion policy concretely oriented in this sense and is not only a public declaration would participate to the reduction the phenomena of xenophobia, intolerance and social exclusion that, once the emotional wave of the moment has passed, will come back to powerfully appear.


The Suspertu SL integration company in the Basque country (Spain), which runs accommodation and catering services, has carried out 2 types of activity with Ukrainian refugees:

1- Recruitment of 2 Ukrainian asylum seekers in 2021. For the moment, they have not hired anyone and no future hiring is planned.

2- Hosting Ukrainian asylum seekers in their accommodation services, via an agreement with CEAR: a total of 9 people ("CREAR": Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid. https://www.cear.es/ They are the ones who collaborated with the government to organize the reception and assistance of displaced Ukrainians.



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