GSH 4

Disability

Minimum Stay 3 months

At the origin of GSH (Gruppo Sensibilizzazione Handicap) foundation (in the ‘80s) there was a simple group of volunteers who decided to spend their time offering friendship and solidarity to people affected by disabilities. Nowadays GSH is a well structured organization which aims at improving the quality of life of disabled people and of their families, offering them different social services. Moreover GSH develops an important activity of networking among entities working in social sector in order to make local community and institutions more conscious about handicap issues and contributing to the improvement of social public policies.

GSH is composed by a staff of around 60 people, 15 of them are volunteers. It offers a big amount of different social and educational services in its structures and in the local community, such as:

  • Residential centre,
  • support for disabled students,
  • individual professional trainings,
  • educational individual trainings,
  • working daily center,
  • socio-educational center,
  • library, psychological support.
Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand

Location

Living

Project

People & Volunteers

Volunteers will be in particular involved in the activities developed in the socio educational centers, in the residential community, in some activities implemented in the community and during summer and winter holidays.

The Residential center is a residential service for disabled people, characterized by a familiar atmosphere. This service is opened to disabled people who have not the possibility to live in their own home, or who would like to acquire more independence in living in a community.

The Socio-educational centers (Il Quadrifoglio, Il Melograno and La Casa Rosa) are daily services which aim to develop the abilities of each disabled adult respecting his own capacities and his social integration.

After a first approach, necessary to know the structure of GSH and on the basis of their individual profile, aims, interests and skills, the volunteers will be gradually involved in the different activities developed into the socio-educational and residential centers: cognitive therapy, handcraft and creative workshops (supporting the guests in the creation of little objects, decorations, bonbonnière, special packaging),  music workshops, activities fostering disabled people personal and domestic autonomy, pre-defined activities for single persons according to their individual educational project.

Outdoor activities: Volunteers will be involved in supporting disabled people during outdoor activities like swimming and horsemanship, selling handicrafts made in the social educational centers during local markets and gardening in the biological garden. Moreover they will support the organization and management of entertainment activities: parties and events in the community where disabled people participate as a mean to foster their exchange and new kinds of learning opportunities; activities with other community groups like school groups, scout, summer youth camps.

Residential holidays: Volunteers would be involved in supporting disabled people during summer or winter residential holidays, experimenting community life and helping them in recreational activities.

Finally, volunteers will be encouraged to give their contribution and suggestions for the organization of activities of promotion and consciousness of local community about issues linked to disability (local campaigns, special events..). Moreover, according to their skills, they will be invited to cooperate in the elaboration of different GSH editorial initiatives: Annual GSH Service Charter, The “Clessidra Project” and the scientific magazine “Spazi e modelli”.

Closest Airport: Verona Airport

Pick up: at Trento train station or Cles Train station

 

Location 

GSH is based in small village of Cles (Trento), in the northern Region of Trentino Alto Adige. The town has 6.500 ihabitants and it is the main centre of the Non Valley (Val di Non), famous for its natural mountain beauties.

Working hours and days off:

Volunteers will work for 32-33 hours weekly and not more than 35 hours. They will have 2 days off: 1, for all volunteers, will be Sunday, the other free day (1) will be chosen from Monday to Friday, according to volunteer needs and interests and organization needs.

On Saturdays, volunteers will be usually involved in supporting disabled people at the residential center or during entertainment activities (cultural ones like cinema, theatre, exhibition..), sport activities (swimming pool, horsemanship…) little trips and other outdoor group activities.

Accommodation

At GSH volunteers will be hosted in an independent wing of the Residential center, in comfortable single or double rooms. The kitchen will be shared with residential center’s guests.

Blankets and bedlinen are already in the room. The accommodation has wi-fi as well.

Wi -Fi is not available

Food

GSH will provide three main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) which will be served directly in the Residential Center. During the weekly activities volunteers working at the daily center will share lunch time with guests and eventually support them during meals. Special attention will be paid to the information concerning “alimentary special needs” included in volunteers application forms. All efforts will be done to take this information into serious account in preparing meals.

Local transports

Cles is easily connected by bus and trains to the neighborhood. Volunteers could easily use local buses and trains to travel from the little village of Cles to other villages and little towns of the Valley (Val di Non) and to the principal city of Trento, which is far about 45 Km. In welcoming training, GSH will give to volunteers all useful and practical information to let them get local transports autonomously.