The New Start
Outcome:
empowerment of vulnerable groups
Organization:
City (headquarters):
Szczecin
Voivodeship (headquarters):
zachodniopomorskie
Dates:
30-09-2021 - 30-09-2021
Status:
completed
Project cost:
26 828 EUR
Funding:
24 992 EUR
Outreach:
local
Types of activities:
counselling, psychological support
Target groups:
persons experiencing homelessness

In Szczecin in 2019, there were 853 people facing homelessness (Municipal Social Welfare Center figures). The help available in Szczecin and Police does not include workshops to develop skills to facilitate self-reliance; usually the help is temporary, and does little to activate in the community and professionally. No one-on-one or group therapy for the people facing homelessness who are non-addicts is conducted in any of the shelters in Szczecin, while only one shelter provides therapy for addiction. Due to feeling excluded, people who face homelessness are not usually open towards strangers, which is a prerequisite for example for group therapy or workshops. For this reason, the best effects in work with homeless people are achieved through measures conducted in the place where they reside.
The project addresses the problem of the small number of measures that professionally and socially activate people who face homelessness in Szczecin.
Once all of the interested residents of the Feniks Shelter are provided with information on the various kinds of support available (and the option of taking part in introductory workshops), we will select from those residents a group of the most motivated people, who will enroll for nine one-month programs. We will provide them with one-on-one and group psychotherapy, and workshops on psychology, professional skills, art, cuisine, music therapy, integration trips, and work agency services.
35 people facing homelessness at the Feniks Shelter in Szczecin will receive support.
As a result, the participants will learn professional and social skills, and will integrate with the local community. Ten people will find employment or be professionally activated in some other way.

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