Voluntary work and activeness is an opportunity for people in the homelessness crisis
Outcome:
empowerment of vulnerable groups
City (headquarters):
Niewiesze
Voivodeship (headquarters):
śląskie
Dates:
28-02-2022 - 28-02-2022
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
20 000 EUR
Funding:
18 000 EUR
Outreach:
local
Types of activities:
counselling, voluntary work of people at risk of exclusion, psychological support
Target groups:
persons experiencing homelessness

People who face homelessness do not know what voluntary work is and the benefits it provides, and the possible activities in this area. The Gliwice Voluntary Center has nothing to offer them. Voluntary work can make the daily lives of people in homelessness crisis more pleasant, and make them feel needed. The available support to help improve their image or addiction therapy can be complemented by voluntary work as part of the plan for overcoming hardship.
The project aims to activate people facing homelessness by promoting voluntary work and activeness for people in homelessness crisis and the people around them.
We will organize a voluntary work school, providing training for eight groups each of five people, a study tour, and workshops resulting in a mini-initiative for the Niewiesze Homeless Shelter community. The people participating in the project will be able to make use of counselling and psychological support, and attend self-help group meetings. For workers at the shelter, we will provide training on artetherapy, dealing with difficult customers, and measures to combat professional burnout. We will also provide joint training on fundraising. In addition, we intend to hold a forum for sharing know-how with local government – three meetings at which project participants will present the change that has taken place among them, and we will make recommendations as to modification of social and civic policy towards people in homelessness crisis.
The measures will encompass 40 people in homelessness crisis, men and women at the Niewiesze Homeless Shelter. The measures will lead to increased social activeness and personal development of the participants, and change the way people facing homelessness are perceived by residents and the local government authority.

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