About the local hosting organizationThe initiative for the creation of A&V is due to parents worried by the lack of structures for people with intellectual disabilities. A&V is an association of three homes and one day center welcoming people with a light to moderate intellectual disability. Located on the outskirts of Brussels, they offer a family life to people who are supervised by professionals and volunteers. During the day, the majority of interns work in sheltered workshops, others go to the day center. The A&V's mission is to create, manage and run activities and places to live, and work to ensure a social integration of quality to people with intellectual disabilities. It seems to us that the diversity of social contacts is an asset for the residents. That is why we want to enrich the lives of homes and strengthen community spirit by welcoming a volunteer, for a period of 3 to 12 months, who must have the desire to live everyday with people with disabilities in a family, friendly and supportive atmosphere. A&V is a private association that receives no subsidies from the State. We depend solely on the rent paid by the people welcomed by the organization as well as on donations from individuals, which explains why the management team is limited and why we are working very hard with volunteers. The school population has a slight to moderate backwardness and shows no violent behavior that may affect the volunteer.
About the volunteer workTeams in the three houses collaborate regularly and integrate volunteers' participation in their daily functioning in order to offer the residents a rich and wide social environment. The volunteer is entirely part of the team, and participates to every meeting with the only restriction of meetings under professional confidence. The volunteer will participate to the community life: during the evenings (4pm to 9.30pm), sometimes in the morning (6am to 8am), and some weekends (from Friday 3.30pm to Sunday 10pm), with a maximum of 35h/week. For the day center, the timetables are as following: Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm with a maximum of 35h/week. The exact timetable will be set with the volunteer in order to attend his needs and requests. It will also take into account the French lessons (for max. 5h/week). Each month, the exact daily planning will be delivered to the volunteers. In July, the homes are closed for three weeks. If the volunteer wants to, he can participate to the holidays organised by the association. The volunteer will have to respect the common rules: respect cleanness and tidiness of common places, respect resident's sleep (no noise after 9pm), respect no-smoking places (inside the house), and accept not to drink alcohol inside the house in front of the residents (he will be given the house rules). He will always be accompanied by a responsible person during his work hours.
Local accommodationFood will be provided to the volunteer during his working hours. The rest of the time, he will have to cook for himself. The volunteer has the possibility to go to the shop with the person in charge or to make an order for one week. This order must be ready on Thursday at 3pm in order to facilitate the organization. We ask the volunteer not to use the existing stocks because they are needed for the residents' weekly meals. A shelf in the fridge will be provided to each volunteer, who is responsible for the conservation of his food. Eventual allergies or special diets must be communicated to the person in charge. There is a kitchen available for the volunteers in every house. It must be cleaned up and tidied up after each use, because we are subject to hygiene regulations. The volunteer is asked to clean his room or apartment during his stay and when he leaves. Cleaning equipment and products are available. A key will be given to the volunteer, and must be returned when he leaves. If he loses it, we might have to change the locks.
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