(FINALIST 2019) A coordinated network of local caregivers and service providers supports those most in need.

This project addresses people in the most difficult life situations; being disabled, chronically ill, or elderly. The project is in partnership with the Science for Environment Foundation Koszalin and the district government, with the cooperation of Caritas units from Szczecin and Koszalin. The aim is to build a network of local caregivers for people in need of help. Local caregivers are trained using a simulated apartment: the assistance team trains the family and neighbours on how to correctly assist the beneficiary, either in their own home, or in a simulated apartment in Szczecin.

This project has also led to the launching of two rehabilitation equipment rental services, so that disabled people can order a device (e.g. a lift) that will be delivered to their home. In addition, two respite apartments have been built in the district, where disabled, sick or elderly people can receive temporary professional care. The Tele-Services IT programme is an innovative tool that links people in need of a service with those who can provide it (carers, as well as hairdressers, or rehabilitators, etc.), thus coordinating the community’s efforts to care for those in need.


Olgierd Geblewicz

Voivodeship Marshal of West Pomeranian