Improving the social well-being of people with physical disabilities
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
6 to 12 month social volunteering in Belgium
The project is organised with a Home for people with physical disabilities which currently hosts 18 adults with cerebral palsy. The goal is to guarantee them an adapted living space while remaining oriented to the outside world. Each resident participates in the daily tasks according to their capacities. They are supported by a multidisciplinary team of educators, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses, social workers, and physiotherapists, where everyone takes care of the patient individually within a group.
The different aspects of life in the home include:
- House life: cooking, food stock management, clothing storage, cleaning of the kitchen.
- Indoor activities: theatre, boccia (adapted bocce), sport, painting, expression, media, comics, well-being.
- Outdoor activities: pool, hippotherapy, groceries, cultural events.
- Seasonal activities: music festival, adapted bikes, painting exposition, Christmas market.
The staff is composed of 14 specialized educators, 2 occupational therapists, 2 speech therapists, a social worker, a director, a psychologist, and a responsible for administration and finances. Moreover, 3 independent physiotherapists and a team of independent nurses also work within the home.
A volunteer on this project would take part in the community life in the home along with the staff. This includes accompanying the residents for meals and other aspects of their life: - Daily living activities: cooking, food stock management, - Leisure and creative activities: theatre, well-being, painting, expression, comics, - Outdoor activities: groceries, cultural events, sport, - Interaction with the disabled people, French lessons, group entertainment, project implementation. Medical or personal care tasks such as bathing, putting to bed, waking up, etc. will not be required of the volunteer.
Location: The Home is located in a quiet and green neighborhood, in the village of Ophain, 3 kilometers away from the center of Braine-l’Alleud. It is accessible by bus, foot or bike. Braine-l’Alleud is a city with more than 39,000 inhabitants, with lots of shops and leisure activities. The town has a train station with trains reaching Brussels in less than 15 minutes.
For more information and enrollment, please go to: http://cadip.org/volunteering-in-belgium
Short-term volunteer projects in Belgium: http://cadip.org/volunteer-in-belgium
For volunteer opportunities in other countries, please go to: http://cadip.org
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
A motivation letter and a resume should be sent along with the application form.
More information: http://cadip.org
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