The fifth psychosocial support workshop for the homeless was held on February 8, 2023, with the topic “Support as a way of coping with crises”, in which three beneficiaries participated.
The goals of this workshop were:
- learn different strategies for dealing with crises and difficult life situations
- to develop personal resources to help when facing and dealing with crises
- strengthen the positive social network as a form of empowerment when dealing with crises.
Through the deeper opening of the workshop participants, the crises and difficulties they face began to be revealed. As they talked more about the problems they face on a daily basis through open-ended questions, an effort was made to get them to recognize their own resources and strategies for dealing with crises. We also tried to empower them by showing that regardless of bureaucratic problems and the slowness of the system, individuals working within these institutions can be of exceptional importance for making constructive decisions. They were encouraged to recognize the importance of the institutional social network, which can be a strong support and initial driver in changing their life circumstances.
The project “An innovative model of social inclusion of the homeless, empowering experts and strengthening the capacity of the Croatian network for the homeless” is financed by the Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy.