1 Plaza de voluntariado en Bolonia, Italia

Nombre del proyecto: Disability HO
País: Italia
Ciudad: Bolonia
Entidad: YouNet
Fecha de inicio: 15-06-2016
Duración: 1 año
Temas: Discapacidad, educación, integración.
Plazas vacantes: 1.
Fecha límite para solicitarlo: Urgente.
Mail de contacto: tea@cazalla-intercultural.org
Cómo solicitarlo: Envíanos un e-mail con tu curriculum y una carta de motivación (ambos en inglés).

Resumen de tareas

Within the community Casa Santa Chiara, which hosts people with psycho-physical disabilities, the EVS can be carried out within family groups or in the Social and Rehabilitation Day Care Centre.

The family groups are houses in which people with mental disabilities live permanently, aided by educators taking care of and supporting them on a daily basis; our family groups are open 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the following timetable (the timetable provided is indicative, since the actual service hours will be decided based on the actual needs of the people we host): from Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 a.m. of the following day, whereas on Saturdays and Sundays the service is available 24 hours a day. This structuring is due to the fact that all the guests attend another day centre (sheltered workshops, day centers for disabled people) in the mornings and early afternoons (approximately from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.); in fact, we believe that diversified activities are fundamental for all our guests in order to put them in contact with key figures, in a “working” environment where each of them is required to engage in activities designed to improve their skills  and develop their potential. After the “working” hours, the actual opening time is structured, depending on the time every patient returns to the family group (since the day centers close during weekends, on Saturdays and Sundays the family groups are open all day). Every family group is placed in flats designed for residential use, either in detached houses or in a residential complex; therefore, every living unit has the characteristics of a private house, although the spaces are obviously larger and there are more living units.

In the family groups, we follow two paths as far as psycho-physical disabilities are concerned:

  • education, treatment, rehabilitation
  • social integration

For people included in the family groups, Educational Individualized Projects (PEI) are proposed, meeting the care and treatment needs of the patient concerning the primary needs of the individual (health, mobility…); the projects also have education and rehabilitation as primary aims, seen as a means of support for the acquisition and preservation of basics interpersonal skills, and for the expression of their potential. Within the PEI, of great importance are socio-recreational activities which aim at integrating the disabled person into his/her territorial context. Each family group welcomes 6 people (this number refers to full-time patients, i.e. present all week long; in the case of part-time patients, the number of welcomed people can be higher) with psycho disabilities characterized by a cognitive disorder, going from average to very serious, or by related organic disorders (epilepsy, diabetes, etc.). The disorders can be either behavioural or psychiatric (OCDs, personality disorders, psychoses, mood disorders). Life in the family group is organized in a welcoming and inclusive environment. The fundamental objective of the family group is creating a rich and meaningful environment around every guest, in order to offer them the right care according to their age, personal situations and specific needs: we do so by educating our guests to live with each other and to cooperate in the community’s everyday life. We want to help them reach and keep the highest level of autonomy, by holding and opening up the way for their integration in the social and occupational fabric, where possible. In the family group, the individual’s therapy and rehabilitation course (PEI) is an integral part of day-to-day organization. Sharing spaces, moments, relationships: this is the main characterizing setting and a clear connotation of the organization’s choice. Welcoming is here seen as an act of sharing and as an experience of life in the community: both are of support in facing all the obstacles every guest encounters, such as integration, acceptance, active participation, relationships and socializing.

Being part of a community that “lives together” gives the pace to the group’s EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES, which consist of:

  1. assistance and support to disabled people during personal-care-related activities (personal hygiene, nutrition, …); for these activities, the active presence of an educator is needed for each patient reliant on care, whereas for patients with certain degrees of self-sufficiency only verbal instructions from the educator are needed;
  2. assistance and support  to disabled people during activities related to the care of their environment and in the common spaces;
  3. assistance and support to disabled people during daily activities which are useful for the community: meals preparation, setting and clearing the table, going to the supermarket, doing dishes, etc. Every patient is stimulated to contribute in the daily activities, according to his/her skills and abilities. All the daily activities are organized in shifts, so that every guest can engage in different tasks;
  4. organization and support to disabled people during expressive and leisure activities within the group (drawing, music, television, small manual activities, etc.). Since some of these activities are little challenging from the organizational point of view (music and TV), they are carried out daily in small groups or with all the patients; other activities involve just a small group or a patient in an individualized approach;
  5. accompaniment to day care centers, to sport and leisure activities (gym, swimming pool, commissions and purchases, the leisure centre “Il Ponte”, etc.). The accompaniments are planned for those disabled people who are not self-sufficient; the time devoted to accompaniments depends on the distance and on the chosen means of transport;
  6. company during leisure activities (cinemas, restaurant, trips, community meetings, etc);
  7. company during curative and therapeutic trips. The trips are done in summer, during Easter time and during winter recess, and involve almost every patient within the community.

The aforementioned activities are supported by the operators working within the family groups, and involve EVS volunteers, thanks to whom  it is possible to improve attentions and care given to disabled people, both in terms of time devoted to this work and of the number of initiatives that can be proposed.

Along with the family groups, the Semi-residential and Day Care Centers complete the structure of our community: the centers welcome minors, youths and adults with psycho-physical disabilities, whose conditions don’t allow them to stay in educational or training centers, and for whom it is not possible to imagine an integration in the working world.

In the Semi-residential and Day Care Centers, we offer two paths:

  • education, rehabilitation and care
  • social and working integration

The planning of the Day Care centers aims at keeping and improving personal self-sufficiency, cognitive and emotional capacities; the proposed activities aim at meeting the primary psychic and emotional needs of disabled people, so that they can keep an appropriate psycho-physical balance. Within this framework, the working activity is used as an educational means in order for our guests to grown emotionally, affectively and cognitively. The Day Centre’s activities involve:

  1. accompaniment (from home or from a meeting place) to the Day Centre;
  2. welcoming: morning meetings in which the daily tasks are divided;
  3. working activities: frescos laboratory, icons, gardening, joinery, cooking classrooms, honey, wedding favors laboratory and paper packaging;
  4. social and rehabilitative activities: P.E. and psychomotility in gyms and swimming pools;
  5. socializing activities: parties, trips and walks, participation in theatre shows;
  6. lunch and snacks.

These activities are carried out either with an individual approach with the operator or in a small group; the educator’s role is that of supporting the patient in his/her basic needs and in the learning of new activities. The volunteer helps the educator with both assistential and educational tasks.

As the volunteer shows that he/she is confident with his/her tasks and with the organization, and as he/she proves to acknowledge and meet the needs of the guests, he/she will be more and more self-sufficient in interacting directly with the patients: he/she will be able to assist the disabled person throughout the community’s activities without the constant mediation of the educator.

Accommodation description Volunteer will have a double, in a flat with all facilities, with other volunteers (local or international)
Food allowance Volunteer will receive a food money based on the cost of life
Local Transport Volunteer will have the bus ticket for activities
Pocket money 115€
Closest airport/travel direction Bologna is the closest airport. Volunteer can also land at the airport of Milan, Venice, Rome and then take a train to Bologna.


Perfil de Voluntario
  • Basic Italian knowledge: this is a paramount criterion, since the volunteer will have to deliver a service based on relationships, and in particular based on a helping relationship. It is then necessary for the volunteer to understand the indications he/she will receive from our educators, and to be able to communicate with the patients;
  • Age between 22 and 28 years old: We are offering a challenging experience, and this presumes that the volunteer has a great sense of responsibility. Based on our experience, we think it’s better to offer this experience to young people of minimum 22 years old;
  • Driving licence – type B: the volunteer could be asked to carry out the accompaniment tasks of disabled people from their home to the Day Centre and vice-versa; or he/she could be asked to take care of all the patient’s movements in the course of a day, such as going to all the activities and going on trips. Cars and vans are provided by the community;
  • Volunteering experience: any experience related to assistance and leisure activities is considered a plus, as well as a work/education path in fields related to our services (assistance – education).