The following paper takes a closer look at selected services, which allow people, effected by poverty, to participate social and cultural life in Styria. The main task of this master thesis is to find out how people, effected by poverty, are able to participate social offers. Furthermore, it will be taken a closer look at the utilization and if the use of these offers will lead to an improvement of the users quality of life.Therefore, the actual situation of poverty in Austria and Styria and a historical retrospective view will be described. In order to gain a deeper understanding of poverty, terms, concepts and dimensions will be explained. In particular, terms as ‘social participation and ‘cultural education, as well as the approach of Social Work, especially the Capability Approach, will be discussed. The focus of this paper are individual services of the following supporting offers:-Steirischer Kulturpass (Styrian Culture Pass)-SozialCard Graz (Social Card Graz)-AktivCard Kapfenberg (Active Card Kapfenberg).The aim of this paper is to point out the importance of social assistance in participating social and cultural life. Beside the theoretical input, a qualitative scientific research was made. Altogether, 16 interviews were hold; three expert interviews (project manager of the services) and thirteen interviews with people, who take advantage of the above described services. The interviews proved, that these services enable people to take part in social and cultural life. Furthermore, the quality of life improved due to an increase of the personal well-being.