MEDICAL AND SOCIAL SUPPORT OF ROMA, ALIKARNASSOS, HERAKLION

Our team of volunteers in Crete, intervened providing primary care for the Roma children in area and surrounding of Helaklion Crete, with the cooperation of local health care structures as well as the cooperation of the Ministry of Health. The team of volunteers comprised of doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals.

Team was mainly occupied in the Roma camp of Alikarnassos municipality, the largest Roma camp in the Inland of Crete. The population of the camp was recorded as well as their needs for medical care, use of health care structures, level of living, illiteracy level etc. The children in the camp were not only recorded but vaccinated as well.

Apart from Alikarnassos camp, our intervention included and smaller Roma groups living within the Helaklion municipality.

SOCIAL SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR ROMA POPULATIONS IN PATRAS

From December 2006 to June 2007, a social support program, including teaching aid and health education for children of socially vulnerable groups was implemented in the city of Patras.

The intervention team consisted of two teachers and a social worker. The classroom was granted by the Metropolis of Patras and the program was funded by the Ministry of Health.

The program benefited Roma and immigrant children from eastern countries with the aim to help them integrate smoothly into the student community; it also involved parents, since beneficiaries were families with major economic and social problems that needed particular and targeted support.

Specifically, the target group was children of the 57th Primary School of Patras, who, according to the teachers, lagged in some lessons and needed learning support. There was also a creative component delivered by the social worker (with team games, health education) twice a week.

During the program’s implementation, parents were being interviewed and getting acquainted to the program, with the aim to maintain all the relevant files and fully understand the family’s problems. By the end of this intervention, participating children were showing willingness to participate and experienced significant improvement in both their school performance and their behavior, compared to before the start of the program when there were serious deficiencies in elementary level school skills (reading, writing, spelling).

SOCIAL INTERVENTION TO STUDENTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN PATRAS MUNICIPALITY

This was an intervention, implemented during 2007 within the 23rd Elementary School in Patras Municipality.

The intervention consisted of the following actions: information, creative activities, role playing, team building exercises, playing.

Out of the six levels that an elementary school has, the intervention implemented in the first and the sixth level, i.e. in the newly entered and the about to graduate students. The students of the first level selected in order to be helped to better adapt to school and to new demands that it brings. The students of the sixth level selected in order to express their feelings and thoughts regarding the new reality when they become graduates.

Meeting contacted and with the parents of the students. They participated in the groups in order to be updated the targets and the functioning of the program, as well as the exchange of info regarding the students.

SUPPORTIVE EDUCATION, AGIOS FANOURIOS

The intervention was implemented in 2007 at the Cultural Center of Agios Fanourios, located in the area of Gouva in Patras. The intervening team consisted of two teachers and one social worker. The target group consisted of children of socially vulnerable groups (Roma, immigrants) that attended the 57th Elementary School in the area of Gouva in Patras.

INTERVENTION FOR VULNERABLE GROUPS, VRACHNAIIKA MUNICIPALITY

At the Roma camp, bordering the Vrachnaiika municipality, approximately 60 families were accommodated. Medical Intervention provided a program consisting of psychological and social support as well as health education. Beneficiaries were students and their families, that faced relationship problems along with low socioeconomic level.