Social mentoring available to Ukrainians in Latvia

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Ukraine's civilian population has access to support from the social mentor throughout Latvia, said Zane Jēkabsone, representative of the Social Integration Fund (SIF).

SIF has concluded a total of seven cooperation agreements with non-government organizations on the provision of social mentor services to Ukrainian citizens who came to Latvia as a result of the war.

It is planned that at least 7,000 Ukrainian citizens will be able to receive the service through this funding.

 The service of the social mentor will be provided by:

  • family and foster family support association “DOMUS,”
  • “Caritas Latvija” foundation,
  • asylum "Drošā māja",
  • the “Gaišo domu platforma,”
  • the learning center “FIBRA,”
  • the “Ventspils High Technology Park” foundation,
  • “Vidusdaugavas NVO centrs”.

In order to obtain the service of a social mentor, the Ukrainian people have to turn to the social service of the municipality. Social services workers will assess the individual case of each client and, if necessary, attract a social mentor provided by the SIF.

The service is already available to Ukrainian residents throughout Latvia and is being implemented in cooperation with 43 municipal social services. The service is currently used by 295 people from Ukraine.

The social mentor's service will be available to the Ukrainian people for 60 days and will provide practical assistance in dealing with a variety of day-to-day issues.

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