Over the past two years, IBO Italy has been committed to respond to the new needs arising from the pandemic. In the first lockdown contacted hospitals and social realities in need of support in the area of Emilia-Romagna and subsequently offered free of charge through the babysitting service a doctors and nurses working in Covid wards. As the pandemic unfolds, we have extended the national territory the model tested at the level regional with the aim of making life easier of non self-sufficient people, especially people in quarantine, the elderly, the disabled or sick with other pathologies, forced to stay near theirs homes to avoid contagion.
There were many people in difficulty in shopping, buying medicines, go to the hospital or activate SPID or electronic file. Thanks to time and commitment of the 73 collaborators of the "Time To Care" project presented with the FOCSIV network and funded by Department for Family Policies and Department for Youth Policy and Service
Universal Civil, with the National Forum of the Third Sector, we have activated in 15 Italian cities Sportamiacasa.it, a portal of proximity, created for not make people feel alone, alone, in isolation or sick. We mapped the home services that they responded to basic needs and supported the institutions
who offered them by recruiting volunteers.
From October 2021 to May 2022, the collaborators, have contributed to: nationally extend the Sportamiacasa.it portal; recruiting volunteers for others Third Sector Entities, through an online form, present on Sportamiacasa.it for organizations adhering to the our network and other networks that offer services a domicile throughout the national territory; to promote the Sportamiacasa.it portal on websites and social networks of our network and other networks and at CSVs territorial; involve young people in services a domicile, organized by our association and by
associations of our network and other networks; involve volunteers in the initiative "A package for Solidarity ”, in which, in the period from November to December 2020, will take care of the research of the points of sale and
of gift wrapping within points sale to raise funds.
Two digital tools to help:
Sportamiacasa.it is a portal that offers the possibility of register with associations offering services a domicile and non self-sufficient people or ai caregiver to see the available services on the map.
IBOMIaiuta is an app created by MIAiuta Srl; offers the possibility to non self-sufficient people, or who for them, to request a home service and to get them to meet the volunteers they bring to provision to offer the services. All at no cost.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR HELP.
The project was made possible thanks to your support.
Fortunately, the pandemic has stopped, and we can close the project.
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During 2021, IBO Italia's commitment continued in16 Italian cities thanks to the work of our collaborators.
In this year we have offered 30 hours of training to our collaborators, by IBO Itay and other organizations. The training was delivered remotely on the Zoom platform.
We have set up an online platform to manage, coordinate and encourage the autonomous work of collaborators. They worked individually and in groups for each city. We have identified for each city a coordinator, who could facilitate communication between the organization and other collaborators and volunteers.
The young collaborators were involved in activities, especially online, which could respond to the needs of elderly people, people with disabilities or temporarily in isolation.
In the first period of service, the young collaborators presented and tested the two tools made available: the platform SPORTAMIACASA and the IBO Mi Aiuta APP in their city to a total of 451 Associations and 27 Municipalities, Territorial Poles and Service Centers for volunteering.
We activated a volunteer recruitment campaign for the associations that give them the possibility to expand the services.
At Christmas 2021 we promoted the Campaign "A gift for Solidarity" in 11 Italian cities. In the period November-December we searched shops and we actived a volunteer recruitment campaign and in the period 8-24 December they were involved in the gift wrapping for elderly people and only in some cases, we have delivered the gifts at home.
Thanks to this campaign we have involved 152 volunteers and offered the service to over 7,000 people.
This is what we have done in recent months, hopefully this new year brings good news.
We thank you for your invaluable support!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU AGAIN,
we hope that you and your family are well and the pandemic situation in your country has improved.
Fortunately, in Italy the vaccination campaign continues, and we are slowly returning to normal life.
But, as we often say, after Covid-19, none of us are like bofore. This is even more true for non self-sufficient people, especially elderly and people with disabilities, who have been denied their sociability in the last 2 years.
These people, already quite alone, found themselves even more lonely.
In these days, we are training almost 100 operators, from our association and other associations, throughout the national territory, for 6 months they will engage to map services for non self-sufficient people (free and on demand) and they will activate a recruitment of volunteers to support these associations.
Also we strarted a proces of involvement of employees of large companies, by actions of corporate volunteering in their territories.
We continue to be close to non self-sufficient people every day.
Thanks to the digital platform “Sportamiacasa”, and the APP “IBOMIAiuta” we will put IBO's volunteers and its beneficiaries in contact every day.
We expect to involve, in the next 6 months, 500 organizations and 2.500 people.
Our commitment to non self-sufficient people does not stop, but we can continue to do this, only thanks to your support.
Thank you with all my heart,
Despite the harshness of the Covid-19 situation in Italy, IBO ITALIA never stopped working in order to carry out its projects.
Over the past months, IBO ITALIA has kept investing its time and resources in assisting people in need due to the pandemic.
We would love to provide you with an insight into a virtuous partnership-oriented pathway IBO ITALIA has implemented in order to achieve a successful multi-stakeholder participation.
A year ago, IBO ITALIA developed a digital platform aimed at mapping the door-to-door services provided by its project “Sportamiacasa”. While implementing the project “Sportamiacasa”, the Soliditas Foundation, a long-standing partner of IBO ITALIA, put IBO ITALIA in contact with a Milan-based startup. Within the same public health emergency situation caused by the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Italy, the above-mentioned local startup had developed itself a digital application named “Mi Aiuta” which enables people in need of door-to-door services to get in contact with volunteers who are at their disposal. After several months of continual and fruitful interaction between IBO ITALIA and the mentioned Milan-based startup, both of the organizations decided to combine and coordinate their personal efforts and resources to improve their respective services addressed to people in need.
Over the last few days, IBO ITALIA has been working in technical terms in order to synchronize its digital platform “Sportamiacasa” and the digital application “Mi Aiuta”. All the data which have been virtually collected so far and all the data which will be collected via its platform “Sportamiacasa” are going to be transferred to the database of the digital application “Mi Aiuta”. Accordingly, all the volunteers cooperating with IBO ITALIA will resort to the above-described digital application, which has recently been renamed “IBO ITALIA Mi Aiuta”, in order to help people in need all over the country.
The updated application “IBO ITALIA Mi Aiuta” will be used by all the volunteers of IBO ITALIA operating in 15 Italian cities. The application will represent a multifunctional bridge between IBO ITALIA’s volunteers and its beneficiaries. “IBO ITALIA Mi Aiuta” will keep track of the volunteers’ shifts as well as permit its users to virtually interact with IBO ITALIA and its partner in order to give them detailed service-focused feedback. In addition, the above-described multi-stakeholder project will provide highschool and university students with formative credits as a reward for being IBO ITALIA’s active volunteers.
Our social commitment has never stopped and will not stop until the Covid-19 pandemic ends, hopefully soon!
I hope you and your family are well.
As you may know, Italy was the first European country to have been attacked by COVID-19 after China, before the virus spread throughout the world.
By the end of 2020, the number of reported cases of infections amounted to 2.107.166 while the victim’s number amounted to 74.159.
2021 began pretty well. The epidemic curve is decreasing, the vaccination plan was launched but the public attention remains high and even if the cases are currently fewer in number they are still copious.
Our everyday life was changed worldwide. We all wear facemasks and sanitizer is at hand.
We suffer from lack of socialization. We miss spending time together, reuniting with our friends and families, exchanging hugs and kisses.
For us Italians all this constitutes a great deprivation.
We are lucky since we have people waiting for us at home, people helping us with grocery shopping or going to the chemist’s on our behalf when we are in solitary confinement because we came into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
However, there are people who are not that lucky. Therefore, a few months ago IBO opted for the extension of its pilot project from the single italian region where it first was conducted to fifteen italian cities (Crotone, Napoli, Ferrara, Parma, Fidenza, Rimini, Piacenza, Roma, Milano, Torino, Bergamo, Bari, Catania, Pisa, Treviso). This above-mentioned project growth was delivered by IBO in collaboration with the Youth Department and the Department of Families.
IBO Italia and its institutional partners involved seventy eight young people aged 18 to 35 in six-months domestic care and assistance services for elderly people.
IBO Italia chose to extend its range of home services to the whole national territory, resorting to the national multimedia platform IBO created for the Emilia-Romagna region. The digital platform gathers all the information concerning home services, namely the delivery of essential goods including food products and medicines Municipalities and associations provide lonely people with.
Seventy eight young operators make themselves available to monitor the people’s state of need, to refer people in difficulty to the local competent authorities and to map the social realities, the Municipalities and the small commercial activities which provide home services. It will be possible to volunteer and in doing so to multiply the number of people at elderly people’s disposal in the different cities.
This whole thing represents a special experience to us. The Covid-19 situation is slowly improving but there is still a need for people like you who stand by our side.
Thank you for your closeness and for what you will be able to do in the future!
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