• Contact person: LCC World at Our Home
• Organisation: The World at our Home
• Location: Rezekne, Latvia
• Deadline: 01/09/2011
• Start: 01/03/2012
• End: 31/12/2012
EI reference: 2010-LV-17
The Centre for Social and Health Care are looking for volunteers from European and Neighbouring countries. Our centre hosts both elderly people and mentally disabled people. Some of our seniors are still socially very active. We have to pay more attention and care to the mental and physical health of some of our other residents but they all enjoy being involved in different types of activities we offer to them. Also in our centre we take care of very sick and elderly pensioners. All of the people need a lot of attention and listening to, as most of them have little or no family left and tend to get withdrawn, by helping them we are able to integrate them into the social environment and local society. By taking care of them and helping them enjoy themselves and cope with emotions they encounter they are able to integrate into their social environment and into the society.
They will be involved in the animation activities of the centre, as leading some discussion, workshops or preparing celebrations, and will have especially the task to incite the most isolated people to go to the group and to integrate it. They will be company for our residents; talking and listening to them, reading books, playing and organizing some games, going for walks, helping them to go shopping; talking to the people who are very ill especially those who cannot leave their bed or reading them the newspaper to keep them connected to the reality of the world they live in. They will also be in charge of organizing and developing new social and cultural activities inside and outside the centre: to help in the preparation of celebrations, to organize different activities as games, cultural events and visits, arts and craft, daily and evening out. We are expecting and open to the offers the volunteer may bring from his/her own experience. As a way for our residents to learn about other countries and traditions, another part of the volunteer's job will be to make our residents discover their own culture, by organizing different kind of animations: exhibitions, special weeks (for example a taste week, traditional week), discussion groups, specific decoration, traditional cuisine from his/her country, language lessons. We can also imagine different events according to the own skills of the volunteer: if they are a musician, some small concerts, if they are a visual artist some exhibitions of their own creations.
The volunteers will have to show interest and sensibility towards old people and will be able to use and show empathy, integrity and to be considerate. All skills which can allow them to develop new animations in our centre are welcomed. We hope they are ready to take creative duties and to be responsible and autonomous enough to propose, prepare and organize new activities and their own work according to these skills.
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