The second type of membership is partial membership, which is defined as friends. It is decided by Board of the Union. Friends are persons who do not have above mentioned professional formal degrees, but are either very supportive of social work, work in the social service field, interested in social work or have short-term formal training in social work. The Union needs to popularize the idea of social work among the broader public. Due to the fact that we are a professional association, we can accept as members only those who have a degree in social work. Otherwise, the rest who are interested can become friends to contribute and benefit.