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empowerment of vulnerable groups
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Voivodeship (headquarters):
01-10-2021 - 31-12-2022
Project cost:
25 550,00 EUR
25 550,00 EUR
Types of activities:
educational activities, self-advocacy, self-organization / self-help
Target groups:
relatives, persons with addiction

The project aimed to support families at risk of social exclusion due to alcoholism in Więcbork Municipality and Sępólno District. A report by the Municipal Commission for Solving Alcohol Problems in Więcbork shows that in 2019-2020, the number of families receiving benefits due to addiction has increased, and the number of requests for drug treatment has also risen. Meanwhile, police reports show an increase in the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol. Young people under the age of 14 are also increasingly turning to alcohol. In Więcbork, however, there is no place where people with alcohol addiction and co-addiction can receive comprehensive support, i.e. take part in therapy, develop skills, integrate and, most importantly, speak up for themselves and act on behalf of other families with alcohol addiction.
The families participated in various empowerment and integration activities. Social skills training and self-advocacy workshops were conducted for them (4 meetings), as well as a number of integration meetings, including checkers, Nordic walking training, cooking, handicraft and painting workshops. Self-help group meetings were arranged to meet twice a week and a support group to meet once a month. An information and advice centre was run to provide ongoing support. Participating families were actively involved in various self-advocacy activities, e.g. monthly information and education meetings for the community, “My passions” panel discussions, therapeutic outings. Open integration events for families (e.g. sports picnic, Christmas Eve, Children’s Day) were important activities.
Families with alcohol addiction who are maintaining sobriety and people from sobriety clubs in the Sępólno district took part in the project. There is no doubt that the families have developed their self-management skills and put them into practice. Family ties have also been strengthened, communication has improved and relationships have been rebuilt. The inhabitants of the municipality and the county were also made aware of the challenges faced by families with alcoholism and the possibilities for improving their quality of life.

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