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Podcast- Youth and drug policies

With the purpose to hear the voices from as many young people as possible, including those living outside the capital city, public debate took place online in the form of interactive podcast on February 7th 2019. The topic of the podcast was set to be “YOUTH & DRUG POLICIES”, and aimed to initiate a discussion [...]

Round table “Needs, challenges and solutions: What can we do together for children in social risk in Macedonia?”

The round table “Needs, challenges and solutions: What can we do together for children in social risk in Macedonia?” was organized on 21.02.2019. 37 participants from national and local institutions, civil society organizations and international organizations met to discuss the current situation of children at risk and possible ways forward through mutual cooperation. 7 presenters [...]

Regional Advocacy Body established

Regional training within the project “At-Risk Youth Social Empowerment” was held from 05-07. July 2019. The training was dedicated to the creation of the Regional Advocacy Body that will in the future period continue to work on the sustainability of the project results. Altogether 30 members of the NGOs and public authorities from Albania, Bosnia [...]

Round table “Young people who using drugs in Montenegro: lack of support system as the main challenge”

Round table "Young people who use drugs in Montenegro: Lack of support system as the main challenge" was organized by the NGO "Juventas" under the “ARYSE (At Risk Youth Social Empowerment)” project, funded by the European Union through the European Commission. Speakers at mentioned Round table were: Ivana Vujović (Executive Director of NGO Juventas), Marija [...]

Support for children who use drugs

I have always thought that most people in our country feel it is easier to adjust to certain decisions enforced by society than to fight for changes. When I started working in HOPS as an outreach worker for children who use drugs I was shocked. To a great extent this was due to the fact [...]

Guide for Treatment and Care of Children Who Use Drugs

Drug use among children in Macedonia is becoming an increasingly visible problem requiring serious approach and immediate reaction by professionals working in this field as well as the decision-makers in order to introduce changes in the health and social care system. The crucial step now is for the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of [...]

The Necessity for Introducing Social Services for Children Who Use Drugs

Drug use among children is a complex and serious problem that demands involvement of numerous factors related to the policy makers, but also social, health and educational factors. It is an issue that requires a serious approach from competent ministries, the Ministry of Labour and Social Politics above all, and the Ministry of Health, into [...]

Call for CONSULTANCY for developing guidelines for CSOs on working with children and youth who use drugs in the Western Balkan

HOPS – Healthy Options Project Skopje  announces this call for CONSULTANCY for developing guidelines for CSOs on working with children and youth who use drugs in the Western Balkan Minimum requirements: University degree; Advanced degree in social work, psychology, pedagogy, public health or other relevant field would be considered a strong asset; At least 5 years of [...]