Solin, one of the oldest towns in Croatia, is proudly known as The Happy Town by the Jadro River due to the standard of living and growth it offers to its inhabitants. According to the census, the town of Solin is the youngest in Croatia, with an average age of 34.3 years and vitality index of 2.4, which greatly contributes to the title attributed to Solin in recent years - a Family Friendly Town.
In addition to the marked population growth recorded in Solin for a number of years, a large number of young families reside in the town area, which is why the town's authorities have aimed to adopt policies to help the underprivileged and a more open approach towards the young population. They have also tried their best to provide a comfortable living standard, through a number of diverse and quality welfare, social and municipal services. These are only some of the reasons why the committee for the selection of the Local Family-Friendly Community has credited Solin with this extremely valuable recognition.
Solin has been recognized as the pioneer of many ideas, programs and projects for helping families within the Split-Dalmatia County. Considerable funds have been invested in the fit-out and furnishing of premises where experts from various fields consult and provide therapy to families in crises, as well as run prevention programs for the youth.
One of such institution is the Centre for Children, Youth and Family which was born as a result of work and cooperation between the town and the Crime Prevention Committee. The aim of the Centre is to develop, implement and coordinate various programs and activities intended for children, youth, future and current parents and all family members. Alongside counseling services, the Centre offers a Social Skills Workshop which is aimed at primary school children.
A safe town to live in - Crime Prevention Committee
The motto "Working together for Solin – a town to grow up safely in", brings together partners from the ranks of local authorities, educational institutions, the Social Welfare Centre, local police station, church, non-government organizations, the local court, media and the townsfolk who actively participate in ensuring their community is safe. Together they work with the Crime Prevention Committee to assist Croatia's 'youngest' town.
The purpose of this partnership is to recognize and prevent safety issues from developing in the living and working environment.
The efforts of the town have been recognized with membership in the European Forum for Urban Security ( www.efus.eu ), alongside participation at a number of notable expert conferences since 2007. Other recognition includes the award for "Family Friendly Town 2009," awarded by the Ministry for Family, Veterans' Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity and a letter of thanks from the Split-Dalmatia Police Department which was handed to the Mayor at the Police Day ceremony in 2010. Consistency and responsibility are what characterizes the work of the partners of the Crime Prevention Committee in the town of Solin, and safety is an important condition for a high standard of living, representing a key ingredient for growth in the tourism industry.