The project deals with improving the accessibility of services provided by the Center 'Srce' (non-profit organization that since 1991 specializes in providing emotional support to people in crisis and suicide prevention). Due to the increased number of calls and requests for assistance from Serbia, but also neighboring countries, we realize the need to innovate our services, to increase the availability and improve the visibility in the media, as well as to increase the number of volunteers.
Novi Sad, Serbia and Budva, Montenegro
As our country faces problems of economic and political transition, the need for emotional support is growing from year to year. The number of people who would consider suicide is constantly increasing. Support in difficult moments is very important and therefore we believe that it is essential for us to be more accessible and more visible in the media.
In one year, we had a larger number of calls, mails and chats from people who have thoughts of suicide and have problems, and more volunteers who provide support.
The idea of the project is to enable us to achieve the necessary change through various activities. These activities include preparation for assisting at the festival Exit in Novi Sad and Budva, as well as the support and supervision during the festival, the training of young volunteers, as well as support the work of older volunteers in terms of maintaining the quality of work and motivation.
Appropriate training and supervision during the project will give us an organization that deals with the same problems in the UK, Samaritans, and with whose branch of Winchester we are connected through a worldwide network of such centers Befrienders Worldwide.
Our target group is all people from the former Yugoslavia who may need emotional support in overcoming the difficult moments in life.
We are the only organization of this kind in the area of Balkan. As such, we are very aware of the importance of improvment of our services.
Our cooperation with centers in England is an example of good support and assistance in order to fight together with the problems faced by people who turn to us.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Office expenses, travel costs, acommodation, event costs, honoraries, public rel, - 16777 €, Personel costs – 4500 €.