We would like to inform that Congress participants selected through online voting the winner of this year’s Best Practice Contest in the Social assistance. The best practice comes from the Senior Activity Center, Gdynia, Poland. Congratulations! We would like to thank everyone for participating in the Contest. Each submitted practice is unique and valuable and may serve as an inspiration to others.

Contest finalists:


1) Senior Activity Center, Gdynia, Poland:
From March 2020, Gdynia Centre of Senior Activity has been working remotely, providing support to one of the most vulnerable social groups – seniors. The activities of the Centre have been carried out on several grounds:
  • The animators made phone calls to the seniors who were in the Centre's database, asking about their health and current needs. They also informed about the available help in grocery shopping, buying medicines or other matters;
  • The Centre prepared Easter packages with door -to- door delivery;
  • Joined the "Riviera's Helping Hand" campaign by providing food and hygiene products;
  • The Centre also conducted online lectures for seniors (Virtual CAS).
Constant contact with the Centre provided seniors with a sense of security and helped them to solve everyday problems and difficulties. Employees mentally supported isolated seniors, reaching around 200 people by phone every day. Overall from March to July, 22,384 people were reached by phone and via the Internet.


2) Podolian Agency for Regional Development, Vinnytsia, Ukraine: As part of the campaign "Saving doctor - you save life!" in March 2020, the non-governmental organisation "Podolian Agency for Regional Development" initiated social activities supporting the work of physicians. One of the key initiatives was to create a cluster of 3D printers that produced components for mechanical ventilation devices. The project also developed a model of an oxygen humidification device with a PET bottle. The organisation donated 90 such devices to the Municipal Clinical Hospitals in Vinnytsia. Moreover, Podolian Agency for Regional Development with the System Solution company provided hospitals not only with face shields and masks but also with protective screens. As part of the campaign, hospitals in the Vinnytsia Oblast received equipment valued approximately at UAH 180,000. Protective masks were also given to Vinnytsia Oblast residents who could not afford to buy them. The initiative "Saving doctor - you save life!" was possible owing to the good long-term cooperation of the "Podolska Regional Development Agency" with business and social organisations.



3) Association „Paliec mājās” (#Stayathome), Riga, Latvia: #Paliecmājās (#Stayathome) is a nationwide campaign with about 800 volunteers offering help in delivering food and other supplies, walking dogs. Moreover, emotional support was shown to people at risk or in isolation. A general working group was set up to bring together NGOs, carers, social service providers and local government representatives. #Stayathome volunteers helped more than 1,000 people and responded to nearly 10,000 applications during the lockdown period (March 13 - June 9). The campaign received huge support from the public, media, the private and public sector and NGOs. Due to such tremendous assistance, the #stayathome movement has helped to stop the spread of Covid-19 infection in Latvia.
(www.paliec-majas.lv)
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