Strategies that can be used to take on a supportive attitude and behaviour towards target group participants include:

  • Training
  • Consultancy
  • Monitoring
  • Focus groups
  • Individual coaching
  • Counselling
  • Supervision and intervision (that is, supervision between colleagues)

Provided it is adequately established, mutual peer support is an interesting option to consider in addition to the ones mentioned above: the professionals will certainly need to create conditions and environment for this kind of support to take place. Later, it might gain a life of its own and takes place spontaneously.

Continuity of support is very important to manage peoples’ ups and downs. Some types of support will be outside the range of your organisation’s competencies. Therefore, most likely, you will be required to coordinate and network between different projects and services. In order to provide continuous and comprehensive support, you can anticipate the need for client referrals, and for establishing rapport with:

  • Social support services
  • Education and training services  
  • Health services
  • Local authorities