Coordinating organisation: Steinbeis Innovation Centre European Projects
Host: Stiftung St. Franziskus Heiligenbronn: http://www.sizep.eu
Location: Schramberg, Germany
The foundation St. Franziskus Heiligenbronn is an ecclesiastical foundation under public law. It performs a charitable mission based on christian-catholic principles, in particular for people of all ages with impaired senses, elderly people in need of care and for children and young people.
The foundation is represented at 10 locations in southwestern Germany, attends and conducts about 1.350 people in need and employs about 1.200 staff members. The Foundation is a registered non-profit organisation for care of the disabled and elderly people as well as youth welfare. Most of the staff members are trained in vocational fields like: geriatric care, inclusive education, residential care, nursing, special education as well as administration.
At the location of Schramberg the FoundationSt. Franziskus is running various sheltered workshops and enterprises for disabled people: a brushes manufactory, a basket manufactory, a bakery, a plant centre, and a farm shop.
In the department for vocational training disabled people are trained and prepared according to their abilities by work education instructors. The offerings for integration in the labour market comprise placement in private enterprises too.
Volunteers get the opportunity to contribute – under guidance of staff members – to the support and leisure time program of the vocational training department and the sheltered workshop. Volunteers can introduce their own ideas and abilities like handicraft work, computer literacy, graphic design, mechanical skills, music playing etc. In the beginning the volunteer will only assist the groupleaders, later she/he will take on responsibility – as far as admitted by legal liabilities. Emphatically volunteers are invited to bring in their own ideas. Staff members will appreciate all initiatives to develop additional proposals for leisure time activities and will support planning and realization. Volunteers could develop their ideas for new games, activities or stories into a personal project if they so wished – creative ideas are always welcome. Volunteers are invited to participate in internal vocational training seminars. Volunteers are expected to accomplish a fulltime voluntary service of 38 hours per week. Overtime doing will be balanced by additional freetime.
The volunteer should be open-minded to work with young people with impaired senses. It’s necessary for the volunteers to be sociable and outgoing, to have enthusiasm, and to be tolerant to foreign cultures. They should be able to interact well with different groups of people. An enthusiastic, responsible and flexible attitude towards the work is very important. Experiences in the care of handicapped people would be helpful, but not a prerequisite. Volunteers should able to get easily in touch with the staff members as well as the handicapped people. A basic knowledge of german language would be helpful. Candidates should describe their motivation for a voluntary service in this project in a detailed motivation letter. Important are neither national or social background, gender, language skills nor level of education, but a convincingly motivation.
Candidates should send us their CV and fill in the questionnaire they will find in the attachment or can get from the coordinator upon request. Candidatures should be sent directly to the e-mail address of the coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org