Services for people in vulnerable situations
The pandemic has affected each of us, but especially Brussels residents living in poverty or with a difficult family situation. Many organisations have been working hard on structural ways to mitigate the social impact of the crisis.
Help with domestic violence
Cramped housing, job loss, working from home with children, etc. are all stress factors that can contribute to situations of violence. That is why the centre for general health and well-being (CAW) Brussels has reinforced its work in the area of domestic violence, so that victims as well as social workers know where they can turn and can respond appropriately to an emergency situation. The CAW Brussels receives and refers requests for assistance. The CAW can be reached via group chats, phone and video conversations or even for a walk in the park.
Accessible services for people living in poverty
Because of the coronavirus crisis, the needs of people living in poverty expanded substantially and became more visible. The Brussels Platform for Poverty and other similar associations have been working with people living in poverty to eliminate barriers. Together with our partners, we reduce the digital gap, work on psychosocial well-being, welcome people with a precarious living situation and reduce barriers to recreational activities.
In the Heyvaert-Kuregem neighbourhood, Samenlevingsopbouw Brussel launched a new “STEK”, a place where people can gather to learn, receive referrals to the appropriate services and work together for better social protection.