"Captain Peer" (Helpers from the corner)

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Country/partner countries

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
Blue Point Drug Counselling and Outpatient Centre Foundation
1095 Budapest, Gát utca 25. I/8.
Szabó Viktória

Project information – start and end date (if available)
Start date: 02.09.2013.
End date: 01.08.2014.

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
The peer program is based on an approach according to which IDUs provide informal support to other injecting drug users. The task of the project is to identify and select clients who will be more actively taking part in the programme and thus, working together, through closer contact, train themselves to become peer. On one hand, they will help the Foundation achieve its objectives more effectively, on the other hand, they will gain practical experiences and may acquire
different skills that are useful outside the programme in other areas of their lives. Thus, by this model will be indirectly used by the Blue Point Foundation as well, where we are applying a participatory approach with our clients from the design of the services until the evaluation phase.

Results of the project
The aim of the project is testing and setting-up a peer-driven intervention model in the needle exchange program in the Contact program of the VIII. District of the Blue Point Foundation. As a result of the project a new kind of empowerment and local
development may be introduced in Hungary's largest needle exchange programs in the VIII. district of the Blue Point Foundation.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
The target beneficiaries covered by this program are beneficiaries of the needle exchange program, approximately one thousand injecting drug users, isolated, with little or no coverage by the social security scheme and living in extreme poverty in a
socio-cultural ghetto, declaring themselves Roma.

Sources of funding
Amount: 9.996,00 Euro