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South Center is one of four Centers in Reykjavík, where Reykjavík City residents can access a variety of services, information, and support. They provide support for children, youth, families, seniors, and disabled people. There is a strong emphasis on professional work and successful partnerships with residents, community organizations, and neighborhood associations belonging to each Center.
At the Centers, welfare service and school and recreational services come together in the local environment of children and youth. From there, the initiative Better City for Children is implemented, aimed at improving services for children, youth, and their families. At the Center, all key parties offering services to children and families are in one place, which is the foundation for responding to challenges that arise in the lives of children and youth.
The Center provides a variety of welfare services. There, you'll find divisions for disabled people, counseling and activation, and children and families; see more details.
The Center also offers school and recreational services, as well as the overall management of preschools, primary schools, after-school programs, and youth centers in the district, plus general counseling for managers and staff, see more details.
To learn more about the services and schedule a consultation, you can call 411 1300 or email us.
The Managing Director of the Center carries administrative and operational responsibility for welfare matters at the Center.
The Managing Director of South Center is Óskar Dýrmundur Ólafsson.
Program directors and the director of the recreation center are responsible for school and recreational services at the Center. They report to the head of the relevant office at the Department of Education & Youth in Borgartún.
Children and families
The Head of Division for Child and Family Affairs is involved in shaping welfare service in line with the Welfare Policy and the Child Prosperity Act. They work on implementing the Better City for Children initiative in all districts.
Position held by: Guðrún Ásgeirsdóttir
The Head of Division for Disability Affairs participates in the formulation of welfare service in line with the Welfare Policy, Better City for Children, and Child Prosperity Act. The Head of Division is responsible for specialized counseling, support programs, and residential services for disabled people.
Position held by: Lára Sigríður Baldursdóttir
The director of the Miðberg Recreation Center is in charge of recreational activity in the district and leads policy making in collaboration with the Department of Education & Youth.
Position held by: Helgi Eiríksson
The Head of Division for Child Programs oversees the directors of after-school centers in the district.
Position held by: Herdís Snorradóttir
The Head of Division for Adolescent Programs supervises the directors of youth centers in the district.
Position held by: Kristrún Lilja Daðadóttir
The program director for primary schools at the Center is the head of principals in the district and leads specialists who provide support to neighborhood primary schools, such as speech language therapists, educational consultants, special education consultants, developmental counselors, behavioral counselors, and more.
Position held by: Ágúst Frímann Jakobsson
The program director for preschools in the district is the head of preschool directors in the district and leads specialists who provide support to neighborhood preschools, such as speech language therapists, educational consultants, special education consultants, developmental counselors, behavioral counselors, and more. The program director is also responsible for home care services in Reykjavík.
Position held by: Elísabet Helga Pálmadóttir
Activity and counseling
The Head of Division for Counseling & Activation participates in the formulation of welfare service in line with the Welfare Policy, Better City for Children, and Child Prosperity Act. The Head of Division provides professional leadership and guides improvements in services related to activity and counseling.
Position held by: Elín Bryndís Guðmundsdóttir
Finance and human resources
The Center employs finance and human resources specialists who support the functional units of the departments in the neighborhood with HR issues and counseling, including hiring, labor relations, rights, and communication.
Finance Director of School and Recreational Services: Óttar Möller
Head of Finance and Operations in Welfare Service: Elsa Guðrún Jóhannesdóttir
Human Resources Consultant: Eirný Halla Hersir Ingadóttir