Social work in the Czech Republic
People in Need began addressing the issue of social exclusion in 1999. Since then we have been providing social consultation and educational services for people in disadvantaged localities. Currently we run 9 regional branch offices and operate in more than 50 cities and towns in the Czech Republic. We supported over 6,200 people in the year 2016, more than 30% of whom were children.
Consultations for children
We dedicate a significant part of our energy to work with children and youth. We believe that quality education is the driving force capable to help people escape life in socially excluded locations. We try to start working with children at preschool age and, if possible, we guide them throughout their whole education. The children’s parents always play an important role in every educational service we provide. We approach each child individually, because we believe that every child has unique talent and potential that needs developing.
Consultations for adults
Above all, we focus on working with a family as a whole, mainly focusing on the children’s needs. When looking for solutions to often extremely complicated situations, we cooperate with other non-profit organisations, town councils, government employment agencies, schools, the police etc. The main goal of our services is to support our clients in acquiring necessary knowledge and abilities, so that they may gain confidence in themselves and be able to manage their affairs independently in the future. The client’s active participation is essential to mutual cooperation for finding solutions to his or her problems.
Analysis, seminars and cooperation with public administration
Apart from field work, we also specialise in analysis (mainly of debt recovery and education) or we try to pass on our experiences to teachers, officials, police officers etc. via seminars and workshops. However, to achieve long-term change, we must change our overall environment. That’s why we try to cooperate with public administration as much as possible. We participate as advisors in land use planning, creation of educational models and in the fight against gambling. We always try to involve the people we work with in decision-making processes that concern them.