In addition to our Strategic Volunteering Programme
We are working on four other projects
SUPPORTING LOCAL INITIATIVES
As of February 2016, there were approximately 1950 asylum-seekers living in 12 asylum centres in Canton Lucerne. Two hundred and ninety-eight of them are in the City of Lucerne. Their situation is uncertain. Their days are only somewhat structured. They have little if no social contact with average citizens.
In March 2016, the government office responsible for asylum-seekers and refugees in Canton Lucerne approved SIVO’s proposal to organise a few regular activities in some of the larger temporary shelters. These activities will target minors who are alone and mothers with young children.
SIVO is currently helping organise a few activities with asylum-seekers. Volunteers are dedicating their time to:
lead a playgroup session
with mothers and young children
host a coffee and games afternoon
with teenagers ages 16 to 18
take a group of teenagers
for an outing in the City
take a group
of kids for a sport day
MENTORING PROGRAMME FOR PROFESSIONALS
This is a joint programme with the Job Integration for Foreigners (JIFF). The main objective of the programme is to facilitate the integration of qualified international professionals into the job market in Switzerland. Its specific goals include knowledge and skill attainment, advice and guidance, job and career development, sharing of experiences.
The Programme is designed to be one-to-one mentoring for a period of 6 months that is supported by the SIVO and JIFF teams. For questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing Awareness Raising Dialogue
SIVO’s main aim is to create a platform that facilitates the exchange of ideas on the importance and value of volunteerism for the integration of professional individuals who are currently in part-time employment, unemployed or underemployed.
An “Awareness Raising Workshop” was organised in November 2016. SIVO brought together key local actors in volunteer work, the local government, international companies, and international clubs active in Lucerne and its surroundings. The main outcome of the workshop was the recognition of the important role SIVO can play as facilitator and bridge between local organisations and professionals seeking to engage in volunteer work. The findings and recommendations of the workshop will be implemented in 2017.
This workshop was made possible with the support of the Swiss Federal Government’s credit for integration projects (SEM) and the Integration Programme of Canton Lucerne.
We assist international companies in developing their own corporate volunteering programmes and where possible we help them find a volunteer project which can be undertaken by their employees. For questions, contact SIVO’s Corporate Volunteering Manager, Alessandra Godderidge at email@example.com.