Development of social streetwork with children and youth in the neighbourhood and in virtual space
Summary of project results
The neighbourhood Kopcany has only a few areas where children can spend their free time safely and actively. At the same time there is a high proportion of children at risk and young people in the neighbourhood. The results sustainability is based on the prerequisite that regular work with children and youth can help develop their life skills and induce changes in both their behaviour and the way they solve stress situations. The objective of the project was to develop and stabilize both the community work and the social field work focused on children and youth, as well as to launch a pilot counselling service in the virtual environment. The long-term impacts include: sustainability of services provided, cooperation with local government representatives, online communication with clients, new work style in the housing development, work on changing the negative perception of the housing development. The outcome of the project: For children and youth, educational, free time, and counselling activities were provided. Activities were organized to decrease social tension and change the appearance of Kopčany’s public space. Advisory services were available to parents and young adults. Employees of the organization participated in training. Main outputs: 247 people involved in training, free-time, and counselling activities; 6,114 contacts; 176 people involved in 65 community events; 43 people involved in counselling; 2 changes in the appearance of housing development; 5 public presentations of housing development; 18 Ulita employees participating in training; 8 meetings with local government representatives; 1 new online counselling service Beneficiaries were involved through active spending of their free time in a safe and motivating environment. The club employees provided support to young people, helping them resolve stressful life situations. The free-time activities were of preventive and participative nature.
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