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Verein: Internationale Jugendgemeinschaftsdienste LV Berlin e.V.
Projekt: Seniorenheim (Luserna San Giovanni )
Bewerbungsende: 12.08.2010
Status: Stelle gestrichen
Laufzeit: 15.03.2011 - 15.09.2011 oder 15.12.2011
Sprache im Projekt: Italienisch

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Mann oder Frau zwischen 18 und 30 Jahren

The Re Carlo Alberto Refuge was built in 1898 with the aim of assisting and hosting uncurable and unwanted ill people coming from other sanitary structures in the area (for this reason the structure bears the nominative "Refugee"). Nowadays, the Refugee consists of a rest home run by the Valdese Church through a comitee (formed by volunteers and members of the various comunities of the Valdese Church of Val Pellice). It hosts elderly with variable degrees of self-sufficiency and people affected with Alzheimer. The persons are hosted in three residential nuclei and a day centre. In the previous years the structure has specialized in hosting people affected with Alzheimer and it is nowadays capable of offering assistance to affected people and their families in the different stages of the illness, without the need of transfering the ill person to another structure when their conditions worsen. Within the structure there is a service responsible for animation that has been active for many years and which organizes many indoor and outdoor activities for the hosts, also in collaboration with other similar structures.

The Re Carlo Alberto Refuge is located in Luserna San Giovanni (TO), in Pellice's valley. The Pellice's valley, that is the valley crossed by the Pellice stream, first right affluent of the Po river, is the most southern valley of the province of Torino, in Piemonte, the Italian region which borders France in the West and Switzerland in the North.
It is 50 Km away from Torino, the main town of Piemonte, and first borders Val Chisone and then Val Germanasca, in the North, France in the West, the Val Po in the South, in the province of Cuneo, and in the East, where the plains start, the Pinerolese.
The Pellice valley is reachable from Torino by car in less than one hour or rather by trains leaving from Porta Nuova or Lingotto, with stops at Pinerolo, Bricherasio, Bibiana, Luserna and Torre Pellice.
Luserna San Giovanni (TO) is the biggest region (8,000 inhabitants) of the nine regions of the area of the Pellice valley. The structure is located on a hill that is about 20 minutes away from the centre in walking distance. In this hill there are a train and a bus stations, a post office, banks, shops, sport centres and other services.
During Autumn and Winter there is a skating ring. The local hockey team is very famous.
The refuge is situated on a beautiful landcape that is rich of natural beauties.
Lovers of nature and walks in the mountain will find numerous occasions to appreciate the beauties of the valley, also thanks to the tutor of the volunteers who is present in the structure, who has always showed to have a know-how in building relationships of trust with the volunteers, proposing to them activities outside of the structure, such as mountain strolls and trekking. The presence of young personnel in the Refuge has always allowed the hosted international volunteers to not only appreciate the natural beauties, but also fun opportunities offered in the nearby centres (Pinerolo and Torino). In fact, the volunteers are often involved in evening outings and/or excursions to cities of cultural interest.

The volunteers that carry out their experience at the refuge have two double and two single rooms at their disposition, in an aile that is adjacent to the residential nuclei, but nevertheless separated from them. Both rooms have a bathroom. The volunteers eat their own meals at the canteen used by the employees and have at their disposal a laundry machine in order to wash their own clothes and even have an internet access available for use outside the working hours. The volunteers are expected to keep their own rooms clean and orderly, to respect silence in the evening hours and, in general, to have a correct behaviour with the hosts and operators. It should be noted that in all these years, the many volunteers that have been at the refuge have never created any significant problems.

B. Proposed activities for EVS volunteers

The Re Carlo Alberto Refuge is composed of two structures:
- A residential structure:
At the moment, 70 people are hosted, including non self-sufficient elderly, mentally disturbed people and some physically disabled adults

The residential structure gives assistance to:
1) People that cannot autonomously provide for their own basic needs (partially or completely).
2) People affected with Alzheimer and/or other forms of dementia.
3) Adults with serious psychiatric problems.

The hosts are divided in three residential nuclei. The volunteers assigned to the residential carry out their service at a nucleus.

- The Day centre for people affected by the disease of Alzheimer:

The centre is open from Monday to Friday, from 8.45 a.m. to 5.15 p.m
The work developed in the centre aims to slow down the progress of the illness and to relieve the assistential load that is put upon the families of the ill people.
The volunteers might be occupied in the residential part (in particular working in one of the nuclei) and/or in the Day centre.

The structure works in collaboration with the National Health System.
Diverse activities (especially social ones) are organized by the Refuge in cooperation with the other resting homes present in the area.

The centre has been active since February 2000 and proposes to give support to families that have at their care a person affected with the Alzheimer disease. The activities organized have the scope of developing and stimulating the cognitive functions and slowing down the progression of the disease of the hosts through the help of professionals.

The work developed by the operators mainly consists of a personalized support of the ill person, to whom it is sought to give the biggest possible number of stimuli, avoiding as much as possible to serve as a replacement of the person.

From this point of view, the EVS volunteer will be herald of a new dimension within the day centre, as a young and vital person, capable of presenting proposes and willing to share his/her own knowledge with the hosts of the centre. With the support of the staff in the day centre, the EVS volunteer will be able to contribute personally in the activities of the centre, cooking or teaching the hosts how to cool dishes of his/her own country, proposing artistic activities (e.g. patchwork, drawing, etc), accompanying the hosts in the development of activities related to gardening or the maintenance of a little vegetable garden.

The activities proposed to the evs volunteers are the following ones:

" Soft Gym;
" Cooking and assistence durino meals;
" Taking care of the person;
" Artistic activities and laboratories (dance, painting, reading)
" Knitting;
" Music Therapy;
" Exercises for the maintenance of the cognitive functions;
" Gardening;
" Shopping;
" Excursion to the near by zone;
" Listening;

In the course of his/her EVS experience at the Refugio, the volunteer will be able to learn a lot about the Italian culture, through songs, games, cooking lessons that are regularly developed by or with the hosts of the centre.
Furthermore, we would like to give foreign boys and girls the possibility of having a meaningful experience of independence and personal autonomy abroad, so that the experience can be a source of growth and personal enrichment for them.

Within the structure, the volunteer will find people who have years of experience in dealing with foreign volunteers and who will help him/her integrate in the structure (respecting the initial difficulties they might find with learning the language, for example), and also within the local community. Many youngsters who have done a period of voluntary service at the Refuge have kept in contact with the local territory and with people known in the structure; some of them return regularly to the area.

The EVS volunteer will be exclusively occupied with activities that correspond to the recommendations of the European Comission within the sphere of the European Voluntary Service and will always be in the presence of the social operators that work in the centre. No volunteer will ever be left alone with the hosts, without the presence of an operator. In case of outings with the hosts in which the volunteer will also participate as a support, he/she will always be assisted by at least one operator.

The volunteers have the possibility of attending a biweekly Italian language course, which is held at Pinerolo (about 20 Km from the structure).

In these years, relations of friendship have always taken place between the volunteers and some operators of the structure, which have meant the possibility of outings, excursions, knowledge of the territory and people, etc.

We do not have particular demands. If it is possible, it is best if the volunteers are in possession of a driving license, but there is no preclusion for people that do not bear it.
It is mainly important that the person be motivated, open and willing to carry on a life experience in a context that is different and often far away from their own.

The volunteer should be a person eager to know the hosts of the centre, to relate to them following the indications of the staff, to learn from everyone the teachings that can be offered, to listen to their stories, reconstructing together with the staff a familiar and welcoming atmosphere.

The volunteers are in daily contact with the tutor and his collaborators. Periodic meetings take place in order to monitor the situation. The tutor intervenes in case of possible problems (however, nothing relevant has happened since 1999, year of arrival of the first volunteer). In case of organizational difficulties or introduction of new common rules to every volunteer, group meetings are held with the tutor, his collaborators and the volunteers.
The volunteers will never be left alone with the hosts, they are not allowed to accompany them to the toilet and should rather call an operator, in case of an accident they should not intervene, but rather call an operator, because a wrong manoeuvre might damage the situation (for the host but also for the volunteer). In what regards general security, the structure has a competent office responsible for it, according to the biding law.

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