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Psycho-social support and its importance for the well-being of the individual and the community

Psycho-social support activities are often among the less visible and measurable types of support within our projects. This does not mean that they are less important. Solving the housing issue or any other form of existential threat, such as material or financial, is all the more successful if it is complemented by other measures of inclusion, especially forms of psycho-social support.






The Law on Social Protection prescribes, among others, advisory-therapeutic and social-educational services. Their goal is to provide psychological help and protection to individuals and families in a state of social need. These services strive to strengthen the individual on the internal (psychological) level and the external (relational) level, as a member of the family, community, society, to cope with current and future crisis situations and build healthy and socially acceptable patterns of behavior. Therefore, psycho-social support activities also contribute to the sustainability of other, more tangible, i.e. material types of support.







As part of the project “Leaving no one behind – adequate housing and active inclusion of vulnerable social groups in Cacak”, a total of 33 families, with close to 90 individuals, who received housing solutions in the current course of the project, are involved in active inclusion activities. Measures of active inclusion include the allocation of support in the form of furniture, white goods, laptops and bicycles, economic empowerment measures, legal aid, inclusion in social protection services provided by the Zracak institution, as well as psycho-social support.

Psycho-social support is realized through a series of diverse activities, some of which are:

  • support to education
  • psychological interview and history taking, psychological testing
  • advisory work, help and support in overcoming crisis situations
  • behavioral modification of behavior
  • movement exercises to practice lateralization
  • defectology treatments, taking anamnestic data and defectology diagnostics
  • treatment in the sensory room
  • pedagogical support, strengthening of parental competences
  • thematic workshops in areas such as human rights, ecology, parenting, nutrition, health, and more
  • sports activities
  • mediation between the Corinthian and the institutions
  • encouraging health examinations and others.








The project is funded by the European Union program Support to Social Housing and Active Inclusion Programme implemented by UNOPS.

The project holder is the City of Cacak, project partners are the Housing Agency of the City of CacakSocial Welfare Centre CacakCentre for provision of social services Zracak Cacak and Initiative for Development and Cooperation (IDC).


The photos shown in the text were taken during the implementation of psycho-social support activities, photographer: Sanja Knežević.