Health
 Slovakia
Project #16285

Help cancer patients in a care center in Slovakia

by Pontis Foundation
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You help us to help
You help us to help

Dear donors,  

our project Volunteer Group Willow is finishing on GlobalGiving.org. But the project itself not finished! However we have decided to deactivate it as a GlobalGiving project since we want to focus on different fundraising options for this project.

We will continue to actively seek supporters in more regional context - mainly some fundraising portals in Slovakia. We believe that this way we will reach the donors more directly and organically thanks to  our network of volunteers and supporters. The network that you helped us to build by donating to our project.

Thank you very much for your support that can continue here:

https://www.dobrakrajina.sk/en/projekt/samote-uniknu-hrou-i-knihou  

Or you can follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/dsvrba/?fref=ts

 

Best, VG Willow

At the workshop
At the workshop

In summer 2015 we have started discussions with Narodny Onkologicky Ustav (National Oncology Institute - NOU) about developing the volunteer program in this hospital. In September a new full time coordinator for both hospitals have started and the contract with NOU is going to be signed. In September we have also started a new recruitment process of volunteers for both hospitals. The leaflet is attached. Our volunteers are serving hot drinks and magazines every week day in ambulances and in the halls, attend the inpatient units – they sit and talk with patients in the rooms, they lead creative workshops lessons and play games with the patients. In September 2015 there is 18 regular volunteers in the inpatient units and in outpatients ‘department in OUSA.

 

We need the resources to:

 -          To start a new volunteer program in NOU in Bratislava – find resources to employ a part time person for the program implementation

-          To find resources for provisions of free drinks (coffee, (ice) tea, cups, sugar, and milk) for patients waiting in the outpatients departments of both hospitals.

-          To carry out other activities in the hospitals (clubs, crafting, library service, distribution of magazines, etc.) – to buy materials for clubs.

-          Recruit and train new volunteers for all our activities in both hospitals – training is going to be held on the 24th of October 2015 

Mobile library
Mobile library
Coffee or tea?
Coffee or tea?
Volunteers serving beverages
Volunteers serving beverages

In June 2015 there is 21 regular volunteers in the inpatient units and in outpatients ‘department in OUSA. In March we have recruited and trained 4 new volunteers (out of 16 candidates) for inpatient units. Our volunteers are serving hot drinks and magazines every week day in ambulances and in the halls, attend the inpatient units – they sit and talk with patients in the rooms, they lead creative workshops lessons and play games with the patients. From March till June 2015 we have held 12 supervision meetings for all volunteers groups. In the last couple of months we have been fundraising for the extension of our program to another interested hospital in Bratislava. We need to recruit a part time person to start up and advocacy and an implementation of volunteer program in a hospital which we have to select in July.

 

We need the resources to:

 -          To start a new volunteer program in another hospital in Bratislava – nowadays we are contacting the hospitals with the offer of providing them with an implementation of complete volunteer program (almost all hospitals in Slovakia have never worked with volunteers before), our role is to set up a suitable volunteer program in a hospital which is eager and able to involve volunteers and find the resources to employ a part time person for the program implementation.

-          To provide free drinks (coffee, (ice) tea, cups, sugar, and milk) for patients waiting in the outpatients departments of (OUSA) hospital for the treatments.

-          To carry out other activities in the OUSA hospital (clubs, crafting, library service, distribution of magazines, etc.) – to buy materials for clubs.

-          Train new volunteers for all our activities in OUSA and in the other hospital after all negotiations  – training is going to be held during one or two weekends in October 2015

 

Volunteer
Volunteer
Carolling in our hospital
Carolling in our hospital

In February 2015 there is 25 volunteers regular volunteers in the inpatient units and in outpatients ‘department in OUSA. There are serving hot drinks and magazines every week day in ambulances and in the halls, other volunteers attend the inpatient units – they sit and talk with patients in the rooms, they lead creative workshops lessons and play games with the patients. On 17th of December 2014 there was a traditional Christmas evening for all patients in the hospital.  Volunteers were playing and singing carols, giving the homemade cookies and other small presents to all the patients and staff in every department of the hospital.  From November 2014 till February 2015 we hold 12 supervision meetings for all volunteer groups. In February we have started a planning and promotion of a spring recruitment of new volunteers which is going to start in March 2015.

 

We need the resources to:

 -          Enable the volunteer opportunities also to people who would not be able to accompany long-term ill and terminally ill patients but would be able to carry out other activities in the hospital (clubs, crafting, library service, distribution of magazines, etc.) – to buy materials for clubs

-          Secure the protection of volunteers and patients who are in contact with them through the involvement of a qualified supervisor - the group supervision is obligatory, currently it is held once a month (three groups of volunteers – thus three Tuesdays per month) – to pay the supervisors

-          Train new volunteers for all our activities – training is going to be held in March 14 and 16 2015. 

Our volunteers - their training
Our volunteers - their training
Our regular visits
Our regular visits

In autumn 2014 there were 20 volunteers going through recruitment process and 3 new volunteers were successfully recruited for inpatient unit and the coffee and tea service. They attended the weekend training at the end of October and were taken into units by experienced volunteers. Together (after some volunteers left for their personal reasons) we have 14 regular volunteers in the inpatient units and 7 volunteers in outpatients ‘department in OUSA. There are serving hot drinks and magazines every week day in ambulances and in the halls. 14 volunteers attend the inpatient units – they sit and talk with patients in the rooms, they lead creative workshops lessons and play games with the patients. In September some of our volunteers by joining the run called Tvrdak and have that way participated on fundraising event for Vrba. During the volunteer days in September there was staff from Petrzalka Library who was giving older books to the patients and to the hospital staff. There was a concert of two ad –hoc volunteers organized in the hospital in October.

 

We need the resources to:

 

-          Enable the volunteer opportunities also to people who would not be able to accompany long-term ill and terminally ill patients but would be able to carry out other activities in the hospital (clubs, crafting, library service, distribution of magazines, etc.) – to buy materials for clubs

-          Secure the protection of volunteers and patients who are in contact with them through the involvement of a qualified supervisor - the group supervision is obligatory, currently it is held once a month (three groups of volunteers – thus three Tuesdays per month) – to pay the supervisors

Distribution of hot drinks at the waiting rooms
Distribution of hot drinks at the waiting rooms
 

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Pontis Foundation

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia - Slovakia
Website: http:/​/​www.pontisfoundation.sk
Project Leader:
Marek Chal√°ny
program coordinator for individual philantropy
Bratislava, Slovakia

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