Chateau Vert,center for children and adults with disability
Description: The "Château Vert" is an institution subsidized by the AWIPH (Walloon Agency for the integration of disabled people). It's a residential service that can accommodate about 80 residents with psychomotor disabilities, half are adults and half are children. It is set in a big park located near the village of Solières, in the heart of the Ardennes-Condroz. The creation of small structures allows a "family-life" much appreciated by the residents. For each place of life, a particular project was developed that highlights the social role, the self-development and the desire for integration of the residents.
Type of Work: Volunteers will be asked to assist residents and the educators during the activities organized by the center and if time allows it, activities can be organized outdoors. Volunteers can also suggest activities according to their skills and culture (arts, crafts, food ...). There are several rooms available for different activities within the institution: relaxation / wellness, dance hall, cinemas, music...
Study Theme: Disability and integration of disable people.The group will receive information about the tool thee staff use to communicate with the residents that have less communication skills: sign language, pictograms…
Accommodation: In a football club centre or in a school, located just next to Château Vert (to be defined). Please, bring your own mattress and sleeping bag. Meals can be shared with residents or within the group of volunteers (to be decided by the group).
Language: Knowledge in French (even basic) is welcome in order to communicate better with the residents
Requirements: Be respectful and be yourself. Have interpersonal skills and ability to empathize and to get in touch with people. Some residents can have limits in verbal communication but you will become attached to the resident quickly and live a very beautiful and rewarding human experience.
Approximate Location: Solières is a village in the area of “Les Ardennes”, close to the small city of Huyand 45 km away from the city of Liège.
Notes: Accessible to wheelchairs.
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