Helping people help themselves

The individual JES groups have developed into a social network in their regions where the helping, supporting and stabilising role of relations between people bears fruit. People who have gathered experiences with relatives, friends or professional helpers and have experienced a similar fate and suffer from stigmatisation, exclusion and discrimination come together here. Therefore, the group as a social community is important to JES, where the individual feels understood, safe and well. Here, contacts can be built up, an exchange of experiences developed and new social contacts can be maintained and cultivated as well as social shelter and safety be found. Here, care, recognition and solidarity and thus the often missing social support when overcoming life's tasks and crises can be found, which are not found in other social contexts. Life in the regional JES groups also provides important initiatives to work on ourselves and to realise personal values. This includes self-experience, the development of self-respect and feelings of self-esteem, the experience of pleasure in life and emancipation. Group life offers each and every individual space to find new social behavioural patterns, to practise them and to become stable. Finally, the necessity and the advantage of a community of equals where work on immediate, "customised" and thus suitable aids is carried out can be experienced in the JES groups.