Visits in the Dark

2.000 Euro Preis 2020

Land: Tschechien

Region: Hauptstadt Prag, Mittelböhmische Region, Olmützer Region, Pilsner Region, Region Hochland, Reichenberger Region, Südböhmische Region, Südmährische Region

Sektor: Zivilgesellschaft / Sozialwirtschaft

Handlungsfelder: Behinderung, Berufsqualifikation, Pflege

Projektträger: Spolu s vámi, z.ú.

Verantwortliche*r: Šarlota Hambergerová

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Herausforderung

One-fifth of the population in the Czech Republic is aged 65 or older, who rely on informal and family caregivers. The blind and visually impaired face challenges finding a job: 70-80% of this community are unemployed. Návštěvy POTMĚ (“Visits in the Dark”) connects the elderly and caregivers with a collective of the blind and visually impaired for care and social support.

Idee

The blind and visually impaired help advise the organization, as well as serve as “visitors” to seniors in their homes and care centres. The visitors assist their elderly hosts to cope with the loss of cognitive functions, including sight. The service also aides informal caregivers, such as family members.

Akteur*innen

A collective of the blind and visual impaired serve as visitors, as well as advise the organization’s social impact strategies. The visitors have diverse backgrounds and interests; they are journalists, teachers, social workers, massage therapists, and musicians. We also work closely with caregivers, senior communities, and care homes.

Wirkung

Within two years of the organization’s launch, Návštěvy POTMĚ is currently implemented in eight cities and over 50% of regions in the Czech Republic. We have provided jobs for the blind and visually impaired, who have a started a partner association in 2019.

Transfer

We will publish a Návštěvy POTMĚ guidebook for the public; it can serve as a model and an inspiration for other organizations. Návštěvy POTMĚ will also present at conferences for expert audiences and the public.

Würdigung der Jury

Menschen ohne oder mit sehr eingeschränktem Sehvermögen finden schwer Zugang zum ersten Arbeitsmarkt, bei Visits in the Dark haben sie Beschäftigung gefunden: Sie entlasten pflegende Angehörige, überwiegend Frauen, sowie Pflegeheime und Tageszentren, und bringen älteren Menschen Abwechslung, Zuwendung und neue soziale Kontakte. Eine sozial innovative Verknüpfung verschiedenster Bedarfe und Bedürfnisse. Seit Oktober 2019 bieten die speziell ausgebildeten Menschen mit Sehbehinderung ihren professionellen Besuchsdienst über ihr eigenes soziales Unternehmen an.