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Be VoluKom – Volunteer for a KOMplet WoLD

Initiator: HOSPICE Casa Speranţei

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Project description

Do you want a healthy and solidary community, in which respect and helping each other are omnipresent? Volunteering and its values are becoming more and more present in today’s communities. It is, especially, the way in which teenagers and adults start the positive change of hundreds of thousands of lives shaken and shaped by a disease or a poor social status. Palliative care (which has as purpose improving the quality of life for children and adults that suffer from a life threating disease) is a field in which the involvement of volunteers is essential for helping patients and their families. The presence of volunteers in such moment of isolation, of physical and emotional suffering, is significant for regaining dignity, connecting to community life and to normality, when everyone around is acting and reacting focusing only on the medical crisis in which the patient is. The project Be VoluKOM has as main objective to increase the awareness degree of the community about the need of palliative care (IP) for children and adults diagnosed with incurable diseases from Brasov County. Another objective is represented by the development of a training program for palliative care for the volunteers of the Foundation, in order to improve the services offered by these volunteers.

The strategy used to reach these objectives will include a series of stages:

  • Developing a training program for the volunteers of the Foundation;
  • Educating teenagers from 5 high schools from Braşov in order to increase their involvement in volunteering activities, through peer-to-peer method (education between equals – an educational proposal in which some members from a group are trained to play the role of the teacher/professor, promoting a relationship of mutual education);
  • Involving teenagers in volunteering activities by showing support in implementing initiatives for vulnerable groups from the community.

In the first stage of the project the curricula of the training course for palliative care will be elaborated. According to the needs identified by the active volunteers of the Foundation, the subjects of interests will focus on communication, listening, loss and mourning, managing difficult questions, self-care, emotional and social implications, team work and so on. The training courses will be monthly, for a duration of minimum 4 hours and will be delivered by the Volunteer Department together with the Education Department of the Foundation.

Another important stage of the project is represented by training the educators for peer-to-peer method and promoting volunteering with their help in 5 high schools from Brasov. For this, 14 volunteers will be selected, who will be trained during a 3 days training course with the purpose to develop skills and abilities necessary for peer-to-peer education (nonformal methods, leadership, public speaking, project management etc). Following this training, the 14 volunteers will hold volunteering promoting sessions, with the help of nonformal methods, in 9th to 12th grades from 5 high schools.

In order to encourage teenagers to engage in volunteering activities, they will have the possibility to participate in a community projects competition addressed to humanitarian causes they know or they believe in. Peer-to-peer educators, teachers and Foundation personnel will help them prepare and implement these projects.

Ensuring the project’s visibility in the community will be an essential step in achieving its objectives successfully. This will be done both within the organization by providing non-discriminatory access to trainings for volunteers, and within the community through appropriate communication channels (leaflets, brochures, Foundation website, Facebook, posters etc).The direct beneficiaries of this project are at least 90 volunteers of the Foundation, minimum 1,500 high school students and teachers who will attend the information sessions.

The indirect beneficiaries are the patients cared for by the Foundation and those from vulnerable groups to whom the community projects implemented following the contest initiated within the project (minimum 200 people) will be addressed.

The results of the project will be:

  • 90 volunteers of the Foundation trained in palliative care filed;
  • 14 volunteers trained in holding information sessions and civil initiatives;  
  • 1,500 high school students and teachers informed and educated about volunteering for vulnerable groups;
  • 3 community project implemented by the targeted group. 

Initiator: HOSPICE Casa Speranţei

WEBSITE:

https://hospice.ro

 

FACEBOOK:

https://ro-ro.facebook.com/HospiceCasaSperantei

Arguments

Health World Organization defines palliative care as an approach to improve the quality of patients’ life and that of their families, by prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and correct evaluation and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems. In Romania, there is no official statistic data to show the need of palliative care at national level. In this context, in order to give an estimate of the needs, Hospice Foundation (HCS) uses scientific formulas tested and consecrated in scientific literature by experts of international reputation and also by the World Health Organisation. These formulas take into account indicators such as: total population, number of deaths provoked by cancer, total number of deaths. It resulted that the need for palliative care in Romania for 2012 was around 160,000 persons. In Brasov County, for the same year, the need of palliative care was around 3,902 people, having been offered services only for 1,552 persons. The services offered in Brasov County by the Foundation are done with the help of over 300 volunteers, who are engaged in the nonclinc departments (administrative, fundraising), just a few being engaged in direct work with the patients (Day Centre, the unit with beds and home care). This is because either of ignorance of volunteering opportunities in IP or fears of supporting people with incurable diseases due to the lack of information and education related to this field. The national study “Individual social responsibility in Romania” shows that the main principles for which citizens do not involve in voluntary activities are the lack of time (34%), limited information about the volunteering opportunities (34%) and the difficulty in finding a cause to believe in (16%); furthermore, this study shows that the majority of the volunteers are students. The project aims to increase awareness among teenagers on volunteering in general and at the same time offers the possibility to present and future volunteers to have a better understanding of the needs of vulnerable groups benefiting Hospice services (children and adults diagnosed with incurable diseases) in order to involve and attach to this cause.

Activities

The strategy used in order to achieve these objectives consists in a series of phases:

  • Developing a training program for the Foundation’ volunteers;
  • Educating students from 5 high schools from Brasov to engage in volunteer activities, through peer-to-peer method (education among equals - an educational proposal in which some members from a group are trained to play the role of the teacher/professor, promoting a relationship of mutual education);
  • Involving teenagers in volunteering activities by showing support in implementing initiatives for vulnerable groups from the community.

Calendar

  • Promoting the project - month 1
  • Drawing the curricula for training the volunteers – months 1 and 2
  • Conducting continuous training courses – months 3-9
  • Selecting peer-to-peer volunteers – month 4
  • Training peer-to-peer - month 5
  • Publishing publications – months 6-7
  • Information and education campaign in high schools – months 8-9
  • Competition for community projects – months 9-11
  • Closing event - month 12

Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries of this project are at least 90 volunteers and 1,500 high school students and teachers.

Impact

Will have a major impact primarily on trained volunteers, increasing their confidence in their ability to provide sustained support to the ill people. In palliative care is vital that the volunteer who is part of the care team to have minimum competences in this domain



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