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- Harm reduction programmes
- Prevention of HIV
- Protect !
- Youth for youth against addiction
- Services for single parents
- Women and HIV
- Improving the efficiency and scope of the measures of harm reduction programs
- Strengthening the role of civil society in addressing the problems of single parent families in Croatia
- Counseling to strengthen the capacity of single-parent families
- Reaching out to the youth of the city of Zagreb in the prevention of smoking , alcohol and drugs
- Smoking , alcohol , drugs - no thanks !
- Educational Center for Single Parents
- Promotion of healthy lifestyles of young and County of Zagreb : life without smoking , alcohol and drugs
- Three P 's community developmen
1. Harm reduction programmes
The main objective in working with drug users is to reduce the health and social consequences of drug use , with an emphasis on behavior change that leads to preventing the spread of HIV, hepatitis B and C and other blood and sexually transmitted diseases . The project is based on external methods ( outreach ) work, which aims to get in contact with the beneficiaries of the program where they are located and the specific conditions of life in Zagreb ( neighborhood functioning of life ) .
Organized two mobile units for changing accessories , so-called . mobile needle exchange . Vans Association LET stop on a total of 11 locations in the city , 361 days a year , with the possibility that users call or send a message on a cell phone : 091 744 7244 or 091 95555549 ( hotlines ) and agree on a place and time for delivery of supplies ( program : ZAGREB – CALL ) .
In his work includes people risk behaviors (called gatekeepers – people who: have access , influence , or are interacting with vulnerable groups . These are drug users , ex- addicts , pharmacy staff in which addicts come to buy addictive accessory ) . Number of gatekeepers who work with us are changing , and they currently have seven . The average age is 33 years gatekeeper . Five of them are on substitucijskoj therapy (called methadone maintenance ) . Outdoor workers associations LET are in regular contact with the gatekeeper ‘s.
The big problem with injecting drug users and the habit of throwing unclean , unsterile equipment in areas accessible to citizens , especially children , which she put at risk of infection from chronic infectious diseases such as hepatitis B and C and HIV / AIDS. Because of this , our workers are regularly tested members of discarded equipment locations and the same pick up and dispose of in accordance with law .
2. Prevention of HIV
The main objective of the project is to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health protection sex workers in the city of Zagreb . The project is also based on external methods ( outreach ) work, which aims to get in contact with the beneficiaries of the program where they are located. Van stops at six locations in the city , two times a week in the late night hours , with the possibility that the beneficiary call or send a message on a cell phone and agreed time and place for the delivery of preventive and educational materials .
3. Protect !
Third program of improving the quality of life of children and youth who are at risk of social exclusion : Za_štiti !
The purpose of the project is to develop a network of services for children and young people from socially deprived families and their parents that will lead to improving their life skills and quality of life in order to achieve their full life potential . The three objectives of the project : improving the availability of psychosocial services in the community for children , youth and parents from socially depriviniranih family ; create a positive image of the negative stereotypes such as poverty , homelessness , single parenting and foster care . The third objective is the integration of children’s perspectives in the construction of public policies for children , youth and families .
4. Youth for youth against addiction
This is a project which is one of the main objectives to increase awareness about the dangers of adolescent substance abuse as well as to learn about the risk factors that can lead to their consumption . The whole project is based on peer education . Funded by the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth in the 2014th year . The project is implemented in cooperation with the XI and XV gymnasiums and Graphic School continuously since 2012. Year .
5. Services for single parents
The main objective is to improve the quality of life of single-parent families by providing a variety of services to help resolve difficulties faced ii specific to single parenthood . The services that we provide are : psychosocial counseling to be conducted by a social worker , psychologist and lawyer , support groups called ” Safe Place ” and cycle workshop . And we will continue working www.samohrani.com website which has become a central place for expressing and responding to problems as single parenting and linking organizations dealing with this issue .
6. Women and HIV
The project was aimed at the empowerment of women and the public’s awareness of the vulnerability of women to HIV / AIDS . Based on the values of social inclusion , promotion of healthy lifestyles and protection of human rights . The main objective of the project was to improve the quality of life of women and the protection of human health and strengthening the role of the media and raising public awareness of the community on issues related to HIV / AIDS , as well as connecting and encouraging women’s active involvement in associations and testing the current practice of work in this area .
7. Improving the efficiency and scope of the measures of harm reduction programs
The project “Improvement of the efficiency and scope of the measures of harm reduction programs ,” continues the multi-year series of projects that the LET already developed and implemented with the aim of improving the quality , efficiency and scope of activities of harm reduction programs in Croatia . The project sastojaood implementation of the following activities :
the issuance of the second edition of the Handbook of harm reduction programs ( first edition in 2004).
organize two forums with the aim of popularizing harm reduction programs and promoting the positive effects of the same program to reduce the spread of HIV, hepatitis B and C and other sexually transmitted and blood diseases as the population of injecting drug users , and secondarily in the general population .
improving the quality of harm reduction programs through the creation of computer programs that organizations that implement harm reduction programs can be used for recording and monitoring of the effective number of users , but also the financial resources invested in the implementation . The computer program is based on the so-called . ERP system ( Enterprise Resource Planning ) . ERP systems typically penetrate the business in such a way that they become an indispensable tool for the effective implementation and monitoring of operations .
continuously maintain a website with information about harm reduction programs ,
promoting harm reduction programs in cooperation with universities , student and volunteer organizations , and the media through press releases,
establishment of a network of NGOs in Croatia implemented harm reduction programs
8. Strengthening the role of civil society in addressing the problems of single parent families in Croatia
The project ” Strengthening the role of civil society in addressing the problems of single parent families in Croatia ” meets a variety of needs and problems of single-parent families , according to research , more compelling in European and Croatian society . As the number of these families , so do the problems and needs of single parent families – problems in the family , communicating with a former spouse or children , mastering the difficult work and family roles that usually carry mothers , stigmatization and social isolation of single fathers . The objectives of the project were to improve the quality of life of families , encouraging and connecting business and nonprofit sectors in addressing family and work problems that occur in these , mostly , the families of mothers with children, and strengthening the role of the media and raising public awareness about the problems of single-parent families . Through this project we are organizing advisory work , consultative meetings with associations of single-parent families in Croatia , establishing and mobilizing informal networks of associations of single-parent families in Croatia , workshops and public hearings with the Croatian Employers’ Association and other business ( domestic and international ) enterprises , encourage the development of single-parent families social entrepreneurship – one that is aimed at pooling , profit sharing and the creation of new values . In addition to direct work with beneficiaries , the project we investigated the perceptions of employers about the role of working single parents and single parents experience in mastering work and family life ( their proposals are submitted to the relevant ministries and government offices ) . The Association is implementing the project learned about international experience in solving the problem of single-parent families . The project was implemented in Croatia, and most activity was in the City of Zagreb and Zagreb County and the city of Pula , Sibenik , Krapina , Bjelovar and Vukovara.Ovaj project combined several approaches to the implementation of the project since each of them has a specific value ( immediacy , experientality , generalization ability , but also giving detail and specific problems , the creation of recommendations and conclusions , and create the ability to transfer the acquired knowledge in a new environment ) and can adapt to the needs of users / ca , of which the most important .
9. Counseling to strengthen the capacity of single-parent families
We encourage questions rights of single parent families in Croatia , with a focus on children’s rights in the exercise of statutory maintenance of the parent with whom the child lives . According to unofficial data, only 40 % of children receiving assistance for maintenance ( alimony ) , and thus disrupted the relationship between parents and the financial situation of children . We also run a series of workshops and public hearings designed to help single-parent families .
10. Reaching out to the youth of the city of Zagreb in the prevention of smoking , alcohol and drugs
The project was implemented in the area of Zagreb and Zagreb County continuously since 2006.do 2009th year . . The project we recognized the problems of users ( two groups with high risk factors – youth 15-29 who gather in city parks ) , which is a unique and straightforward way of doing it – through external work – the arrival of foreign workers in areas where young in the afternoon or evening together and informing and educating about the quality of leisure time as a healthy and successful lifestyle .
We translated the European manual for the prevention of alcohol, drugs and smoking, which is in collaboration with the Agency for Education is divided professionals who work with young people , mostly teachers and social pedagogues ( 1500 copies were distributed in this way ) .
11. Smoking , alcohol , drugs - no thanks !
The aim of the project was to increase the knowledge of young people of all addictive substances ( cigarettes , alcohol , drugs ) and encourage young people to quality leisure time and the adoption of healthy lifestyles . The project was funded by the Ministry of Family , Veterans and Intergenerational Solidarity . Was implemented during the 2008th year .
12. Educational Center for Single Parents
With the project ” Educational center for single parents ,” we want to improve the quality of life for single parents and children in the Zagreb area so that we will improve the knowledge of single parents on the legal, social and psychological aspects of single parenthood , to provide social support to single parents , improve their social skills for good communication with their children . Part of the project and sub-project ” Prevention of addiction among children of single parents, ” which we want to improve the quality of life for single parents and children in the Zagreb area so that we will improve the knowledge of single parents on recognizing addiction in children ( smoking , alcohol , drugs ) , about the possibilities of prevention addiction in the family , provide social support single parents in the fight against addiction , improve their social skills for good communication about addiction problems and enhance their knowledge about the realization of the relevant rights in the field of addiction prevention .
n Zagreb , according to the Statistical Yearbook of Zagreb 2003rd year , 32,920 lives ( 20.2 % ) families that make mothers with children and 5,951 families ( 3.7 % ), accounting for fathers with children . These figures show that a large number of citizens of Zagreb lives as a single parent , and the problems and obstacles encountered are varied .
The ” Learning Center for Single Parents ” consists of organizing the 10 two-hour training ( workshops / lectures ) , forums and publishing the first ” Manual for single parents and their children .” Training will be organized monthly May to December 2005 . , And include areas important for single parents
• Personal experiences of single parenthood
• Family dynamics and communication
• Behavioral disorders in children / psychiatric disorders
• Alcohol addiction and parental behavior
• Social aspects : the role of religion / peace / non-violent conflict resolution
• Drug – parental behavior – drugs
• Economic effects of single parent
• How to present your needs and realize their ideas in civil society ?
• The family – legal protection and advice – role of public authorities
• The needs of single parents : a summary of the project , the presentation of results
One of the results of the program is the development of ” Handbook for single parents and their children ,” based on the work of theoretical knowledge and personal experiences of members . The manual will be designed for single parents , and professionals in the public and non-profit organizations and educational institutions . The general public will be informed about the project and Manual through discussions which will be presented to the project and emphasized the importance of working with single parents due to the specifics of their situation and to prevent unacceptable behavior and difficulties in their children
13. Promotion of healthy lifestyles of young and County of Zagreb : life without smoking , alcohol and drugs
Long-term goals of the project obuhvaćalii are improving the quality of life of young people and to strengthen the fight against addiction , with a particular focus on young Roma . Implemented in the 2006th year , and was funded by the Ministry of Family , Veterans and Intergenerational Solidarity .
RiskNet , a regional program aimed at preventing the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases and improving health implemented in collaboration with Population Services International Romania.
Freja is a project launched by the Swedish Union of Tenants ( Hyresgästföreningen ) , and whose main objective is the use of mentoring as a method of connecting the project participants and the development of women’s leadership . The project continued in the 2006th year when the association LET become one of the partners in the project implementation . The project strengthens the international cooperation , and this year the project will be developed and a comparative report on HIV / AIDS in the countries of the partner organizations .
Mentoring programs are successful educational models that have long been used in Europe and the United States. Proved to be particularly successful in mediating knowledge about leadership and creating a network of contacts . Often used in the business sector , and lately has significant application in the field of social welfare and working with vulnerable groups . The person who shares his knowledge and experience is called a mentor , while the role of the so-called . mentee – ‘m a person who learns from a mentor . Mentoring is directed relationship between mentor and mentee , that is the person who receives advice and support . How could such a relationship could be called mentorship , must be built on a well organized structure . Although mentoring program based on the relative mentor – mentee , and usually consists of other elements, such as seminars . In the past 20 years , mentoring is one of the most important tools used to develop women in employment . The method is focused on finding a mentor with significant experience in leadership and extensive network of contacts that will convey their experiences in order to develop new women leaders. In Sweden , as in many other desires , lack of women in leadership positions and mentoring is used as a method of supporting women in senior positions of increasing interest in management positions and to extend the network of contacts at work . The program should create support for the work role and support the process of self-development of people . More about the project on http://www.frejaprogram.org/
16. Three P 's community developmen
The ” Three P ‘s community development ” – addiction prevention, prevention of the spread of infectious diseases , linking community consists of education of parents about the impact of the behavior and attitudes of parents in the development of addiction in children and prevent the spread of contagious diseases by cleaning the environment ( school playgrounds and parks ) of discarded accessories – needle and syringe. Office for Drug Abuse Prevention Croatian Government adopted the Action Plan for the Prevention of Drug Abuse 2004th year where one of the goals of prevention of addiction in preschool and school system to protect the healthy population . Basic characteristics of persons treated for narcotics in the 2003rd year in Croatia , according to research by the Croatian National Institute of Public Health to following acute diseases or positivity , show that 72.3 % of them have hepatitis C , hepatitis B 27.3 % and 0.7 % HIV / AIDS .
There was a habit of throwing unclean , unsterile equipment in areas accessible to children which she put at risk of infection from chronic infectious diseases such as hepatitis B and C and HIV / AIDS.
This problem regularly write and media :
” Nearly every morning educators from kindergarten located in less traffic and less illuminated urban locations in their backyards found abandoned the drug syringes and needles , often stuck in hidden places , buried in the ground or just discarded in the environment in which they play preschoolers ”
(Source : http://arhiv.slobodnadalmacija.hr/inc/print1.asp?url=/20030804/index.asp ) .
The project includes professionals who work with children in preschool and primary institutions , parents of children attending kindergarten and / or elementary school , experts in social and health institutions , representatives of local authorities and the police and other active citizens .
The main objective of the program is to improve the quality of life of citizens of Zagreb and Zagreb County and specific objectives are :
• Include relevant people from the local community in the cleaning of public areas of addictive accessories
• Increase the knowledge of the citizens of Zagreb on the impact of parental behavior on drug addiction among children
• Increase the knowledge of parents about the importance of cooperation between the business sector , local authorities and NGOs in the prevention of addiction
• Connect associations , local authorities , public institutions , parents , media and socially responsible companies in the fight against addiction
• To become aware of the general public about ways to solve the problem of heroin abuse discarded equipment , the impact of parental behavior on drug addiction
• Encouraging the execution of similar projects throughout Croatia