Javni Zavod Socio
JZ Socio was established by the Municipality of Celje in 2002 with the aim of helping vulnerable individuals and families, and to provide other social services. In Celje, their participants are offered weekly football training sessions accompanied by consultancy sessions and advice. The aim of the consultancy sessions is to help vulnerable people set achievable goals, and to develop a plan for attaining them. JZ Socio help participants prepare an individual plan with short-term and long-term goals, and encourage them to take the first step.
In 2012, JZ Socio established a street football league and began developing public awareness campaigns about inclusion for marginalised groups through sports activities.
Homelessness emerged as a problem only after the independence in 1991 as a part of the transition from socialism to capitalism. There is still no national homelessness strategy (FEANTSA, 2009). Since the economic crisis and due to ongoing austerity measures, homelessness has been on rise, especially among immigrants and youth. Another growing phenomenon is family homelessness, particularly in bigger cities (Svet 24, 2015).
The Ministry of Labour, Family, and Social Affairs estimated in their 2010 study that the number of homeless people ranged between 1,000 and 1,500, with 600 of them living in the capital, Ljubljana (Siol.net, 2012). However, at the end of 2014, the official estimates said there were more than 4,000 homeless people, excluding hidden homelessness (Svet 24, 2015).