About the importance of an international associative movement – On November 4th, 2017, the IVth Meeting of Caretakers, took place in the Teatro Calderon de la Barca de Motril
On November 4th, 2017, the IVth Meeting of Caretakers, organised by the AGS Granada Sur and the case-handler nurses, took place in the Teatro Calderon de la Barca de Motril. Thanks to an ever-stronger collaboration with the medical institutions in the Costa Tropical and the Alpujarra, Acompalia was delighted to be invited as one of the speaker of the round table. It was an excellent opportunity to present our multicultural initiatives and share with the audience the advantages and disadvantages both of needing, and of being, an expat caretaker.
The meeting was opened by Francisco Perez Saez, head of the Santa Ana Motril Hospital, who emphasised the importance of caretakers within the community, followed by an opening presentation of Michel Louwette (Orientador belga, Asociación la Fabriquilla) on Neuro-Linguistic Programming. After the break, four participants (Pilar Carrasco, epidemiologist, myself, Fran Rajewski, president of Acompalia, mother and daughter Maribel and Maria Isabel) together with moderator, Pilar Martin, took the stage for the round table. They exchanged with the public their different experiences and viewpoints concerning the concept of the caretaker.
Acompalia has been working with local and international communities for six years now, and such an invitation by the regional health authorities is a true acknowledgment of the hard work done by our volunteers, day after day and week after week.
With a series of meetings with the hospital staff scheduled over the next few weeks, we are now finalising details of a couple of projects we have been working on for the past few months. Soon, we will restart training for volunteers to help us with our social goal, helping patients and their families, within the hospital and at home. Additionally, we will launch a series of public talks about very important rules and regulations one needs to be aware of in order to prepare adequately for the end of life.
Volunteers are the life blood of our charity. Without you, we would not be able to maintain our offer of free services. With dozens of patients helped in 6 years, we truly appreciate your time and dedication. Would you like to help us to help even more patients and their families? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our generous donors whose contributions enable us to offer our services free of charge. Remember, with our Public Utility Number 7965, donations you make are tax deductible.