S.O.S – support for streetworker (outreach) organizations
empowerment of vulnerable groups
FOS - Federation of streetworking organizations
City (headquarters):
Voivodeship (headquarters):
01-02-2021 - 31-12-2022
Project cost:
33 500,00 EUR
30 000,00 EUR
Types of activities:
educational activities, improvement of the quality of services / improving the skills of those working with people at risk of exclusion
Target groups:
children, youth, professionals

The project addresses the need to improve the quality of services provided by streetwork organisations working with children and young people at risk of exclusion. The idea of streetwork is not widely known or understood and is therefore often underestimated, undervalued and underfunded. Meanwhile, the quality of these services depends on the professionalisation of the people involved in this work. A large proportion of street workers have never received any training for their work and only gain knowledge and experience in action, “on the street”. Only a part of the organisation provides regular training to improve the workshop, supervises the team and evaluates the activities.
The promoter supported 25 streetwork organisations working with children and young people. 10 trainings on streetwork methodology were conducted, tailored to the needs and expectations of each organisation. The trainings covered issues such as working with socially excluded families and the phenomenon of ‘children on the street’, recruiting children for regular work, working with families, pedagogical workshop, tools for effective work or monitoring and evaluation. More than 50 supervision sessions were held for youth workers, covering issues such as problems in recruiting children into street groups, difficult behaviour of children during activities, ways of resolving conflicts in a group of children, building a good relationship with families. The work with refugee children from Ukraine and the difficulties in street work due to the new situation was also an important topic during the supervision support. Based on the diagnosis of the situation and needs of the street work organisations and the cooperation workshops, two publications were produced: “S.O.S. Support for Street Work Organisations in Poland. Research Report” and “Recommendations for Standardisation of Streetwork Programmes for Children and Young People”.
In total, the project supported 25 streetwork organisations to increase their capacity and improve the quality of their services. These organisations participated in one of three possible forms of support: training, supervision and a cooperation workshop. The report and recommendations on streetwork will form the basis for further work by the Federation of Streetwork Organisations aimed at providing direct and indirect support to NGOs involved in streetwork.

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