Slovenia

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.

Organisation Details

Participants

Homeless men and women, migrants, refugees, vulnerable youth, people suffering from substance abuse or in rehabilitation programmes, women in maternity houses, and the Roma community

Locations

Celje and across Slovenia through a network of partners

Homelessness Statistics

The information available on homelessness in Slovenia is currently lacking as there is no strategy for collecting data on the issue (FEANTSA, 2012). Recent reports put the number of homeless people at around 4,000, but this number is thought to be higher as many hide their situation (Slovenia Times, 2016). This could be due to government policy that lists begging and use of public space for sleeping as punishable offences (FEANTSA, 2012).

Homelessness services are not a priority and are less widespread compared to other European countries (EOH, 2018), and housing-led approaches to tackle the issue are not widespread, with little focus on permanent housing (FEANTSA, 2012).