Streetwork


Contact people: 

Mgr. Pavol Sabelastreetwork: +421 948 389 748

Bc. Brigita Hlačinová: integration centre +421 948 364 067

Email: stopa.slovensko@gmail.com or message on Facebook OZ STOPA  

According to estimates of NGOs, more than 4,000 people live in Bratislava on the street. Accommodation capacity in the city is limited to 300 beds only. OZ STOPA has been operating the registered "Field Social Crisis Intervention Service" since 2017. Our main area of activity is the area of the Old Town and its surrounding areas. Based on our field research, there are 169 people in the area (monitoring in 2019). Our organization is focused primarily on preventing long-term homelessness, and the Old Town is the first place for many people in crisis to seek refuge. In this area, we are creating a network that helps identify short-term homeless people with the aim of early intervention and delegation to facilities that provide the necessary support. 

We do not distribute any food or clothing (except for the winter crisis period).

Field service NGO STOPA takes several forms:

CRISIS FORM:

It is subject to weather conditions, which our organization evaluates subjectively or proceeds based on NGO agreements. 

According to the degree of subjective evaluation of weather conditions, the time system of work is adapted. In extreme form we cover 12 hours of field service in the Old Town. At this point we actively use cooperation with volunteers based on our long-term cooperation, especially with the Department of Social Work of the University of Constantine in Nitra.

Target group: people at risk of life on the street

Objective: to eliminate and reduce the risk of freezing and other serious injuries during the winter.


STANDARD FORM:

It takes place throughout the year in the territory of the Old Town district and adjacent "sponge" areas, focusing on people on the street for a short time and street magazine vendors. We are also responding to suggestions from citizens. According to the evaluation of the client, we either delegate to the territorial NGOs or intervene separately on the territory of the whole city if it is a client not belonging to the "chronic" category. The aim is to provide assistance to people wishing to end homelessness as quickly as possible.

Our specific activity is Early Bird. It is a streetwork that starts at 4 am and the aims is to find and give advice to people who live on the street for various reasons, but stil working permanently throughout the day without identifying their surroundings.


SPECIFIC FORM:

The first form is focused on the integration process. It takes place mainly during the months of January - April throughout the city in order to identify and motivate as many people as possible into the integration program.

The second form is in the frame of post-integration activities, where we provide crisis counseling  for clients who have left the street but are still on the edge of social exclusion.

The third form is based on cooperation with the Institute for the Imprisonment in Želiezovce, where we carry out preventive activities

Target group: homeless people, people in crisis, people at risk of homelessness following imprisonment, people at risk of relapse after returning back to normal life

Objective: to end homelessness and to act preventively where the risk of homelessness is present

ALL SOCIAL SERVICES ARE PROVIDED FOR FREE. 


5 tips to help homeless people.

- Warm drink

- Hat, scarf, gloves

- OZ STREET IN THE STREETS - quick information can save lives. We operate on the territory of the Old Town district and the surrounding area.

We are available by phone from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm on +421 948 389 748 or at any time by email to stopa.slovensko@gmail.com, or by email to OZ STOPA on Facebook.

- Feel free to help. If you see that a person on the street is in bad condition or you see that he does not show any signs of life, contact the RZP at 155 or 112. Sometimes a few minute matter!

- Information helps. There are more social services in Bratislava that you or the homeless may not know about. Contact us and we will send you a complete list. Do not hesitate.

Reality in our work? In Bratislava we really have nowhere to send people. Not because they want to sleep in the street, but because they fear and choose the street as a safer place.

Let's be without prejudice. Let's not look for the reasons why a person is on the street, the reasons are different and not everyone is responsible for it. Not everyone has come to terms with homelessness. Many people want to end homelessness, they just don't know how. Let's not judge a man by the cover.

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