F Center was created in 2016 by a group of volunteer psychologists and social workers with the aim to offer psychosocial support to those without access to such services. They started by offering free one-to-one sessions to unemployed individuals who, after a short period of time felt empowered to start looking for a job. As F Center was simultaneously receiving requests from elderly family members of the unemployed, they decided to create a psychological support program for the Attica Open Protection Centers for the Elderly (OPCEs). They registered as a nonprofit organization in 2017. The program included a presentation to the elderly members regarding psychological issues and the way to overcome them, followed by individual counselling sessions for those that needed it. Since then F Center has reached 300 presentation attendees and 50 individual session recipients in 3 Attica Municipalities.
The grant regards the implementation of the psychological support program to 30 OPCEs for 10 months. More specifically, 2 psychologists will educate 600 elderly OPCEs members on psychological-mental health issues through a presentation and will offer individual psychological support sessions to approximately 140 beneficiaries. The F Center team will also train about 80 OPCEs staff on psychological issues in order for them to develop the ability to identify elders who are suffering from such issues.