Location: Santander (Cantabria), Spain
Period: 01/10/2017 – 30/07/2018
Deadline: 8 April 2017
AMPROS is an organization looking for young and motivated people willing to support people of all ages with intellectual disabilities. We are looking for a PATIENT person who will be willing to support their leisure time activities and help us create the decoration for special events.
AMPROS (Cantabrian Association for Persons with Mental Disabilities) was established in 1965 as an initiative of a group of parents of persons with mental disabilities, who initially searched for adequate schooling of their children. As sooon as this training period finnished, they focused on achieving their insertion on the regular labour market or with support of special employment centers.
Those were the first steps of the association, which in 1970 was declared a public utility organization and has currently a wide range of centers which offer multiple services and can attend to more than 1.000 users.
AMPROS is a member of FEAPS CANTABRIA. FEAPS (Confederación Española de Organizaciones en favor de las Personas con Discapacidad Intelectual), is a movement, which is divided into regional autonomous federations and was founded more than 40 years ago by parents and relatives of people with mental disabilities and has among its members people and collaborating institutions which support and carry out different projects.
AMPROS generates more than 51% of funding for maintanance cost of their services and centers.
The mission of AMPROS is to improve the quality of life of people with mental disability and their families, to make a special effort so that every one of them achieves the highest possible level of personal autonomy and to make social integration and the recognition of this target group by the citizens possible.
Other fundamental idea present in the philosophy of AMPROS is to try to increase awareness of the society and the public authorities on the issue of mental disability.
In order to achieve our aims, AMPROS carries out different programmes, such as: Selfmanagement, PCPI, Ageing, Prisoners and ex prisoners and also VOLUNTEERING.
The main work areas are: education, day care, training, employment, housing, leisure. The last area is where European volunteers mainly carry out their activities.
AMPROS has hired staff, which consisted of 397 professionals supported by 90 volunteers (on 31st December 2011).
Volunteers will accompany the users during different free time daily activities scheduled by the center, like: zumba, Internet, games, regional dances, cooking workshop, karaoke, sports activities, gymnastics, hand crafts, theatre.
Moreover, volunteers will help to organize special activities like Winter Festival, San Valentine’s Day, Holiday Programme, Summer Camps, weekend activities in a hostel, sports events, festivals to celebrate Cantabria Day, seminars and trainings about volunteering, as well as other occasional events, which are carried out by AMPROS in collaboration with other organizations or training centers (like, for example Asociación Ser Joven, where volunteers will help with workshops, alternative educative night activities, like “La Noche es Joven” in Santander, summer camps, work camps, awareness raising campaigns and other educative activities , talks and seminars disseminating European Voluntary Service, european activities, blog SVE writing and promotion ) allowing volunteers’ personal and professional development in a wider area of activities.
All of the mentioned activities allow volunteers to contribute with their experience, ideas and creativity.
Volunteers will be also involved in activities to promote “Youth in Action and EVS” and will have the opportunity to propose initiatives and project ideas in the area of promotion of Youth in Action and European awareness and topics concerning Europe among youth and youth workers in educative centers.
Volunteer’s daily activities will take place from Monday to Fridayin the afternoon between 16.00 and 21.00. Moreover, during two days a week in the morning from 10.00 to 13.00 volunteers will spend their time to prepare activities to promote Youth in Action Programme and other visibility increasing tools (like blog, designing information campaigns) Volunteers will also collaborate to carry out occasional activities, which may take place on weekends or working days in the morning between 10.00 and 13.00 (only if they do not collide with language training activities, which will take place in the mornings from 14.00 to 16.00).
Write in the subjecy: APPLICATION 2017_AMPROS_YOUR NAME_COUNTRY, for example:
APPLICATION 2017_AMPROS_JOHN SMITH_UK