In the Kocmyrzów-Luborzyca municipalities there is an ever-increasing need for aid for vulnerable persons. In 2018, 179 families were assisted by the Municipal Social Welfare Center and by 2019 this number had reached 259 (2018 and 2019 reports on current status of the Kocmyrzów-Luborzyca municipality). The situation in the Skała municipality is similar. The goal stated in our statute is preventing children being raised in harmful family conditions and environments. We conducted questionnaires in schools to diagnose the fundamental problems: increasing marginalization of young people from impoverished families and families with problems, and an inability to provide support within the age group, and young people not playing a role in activities to help others.
The aim of the project is to develop voluntary work and peer support network, to enable empowerment and integration of children in families facing social exclusion.
In the course of two training sessions (40 hours in total) we will teach 40 Leaders of Change (young people who wish to take up voluntary work) to provide support for, to listen to, and the tools for peer coaching. They will apply these skills in assisting 40 young people from disadvantaged families. Each Leader of Change will conduct six support consultations with one of the persons receiving support. We will provide the Leaders with support from a supervisor. We will organize Design the Change workshops for all project participants. Young people will implement the social projects devised in the workshops in their local communities.
80 people aged 12-15 from the Kocmyrzów-Luborzyca i Skała municipalities will take part in the measures. Peer coaching will increase motivation and self-esteem of 40 vulnerable persons. The project will help to integrate young people. A film will be made to promote peer volunteering throughpeer coaching.