Special Delivery !
We thought we would let you know about some of the things that have been going on behind the scenes over in Romania…we have been very lucky to receive some special deliveries!
The LIFE Foundation would like to say a huge thank you to Physionet, who delivered a bunch of equipment, including wheelchairs, crutches and zimmer frames, to Centrul Maria Beatrice Alba Iulia in Romania. We were able to pick up these much-needed items and distribute them to those that needed them most.
Some of the equipment will be used in Ceizini and Price Association, to support adults with disabilities to move around and connect with each other more easily. Norica, our lovely co-ordinator has also organised a delivery of flour and sanitiser to these organisations, which will come in very handy!
Other equipment, such as supine standers, specialist wheelchairs and a bath chair, will support children will various disabilities in the Family Type Homes (FTHs). This equipment will play a crucial role in the children’s physiotherapy programme and will ultimately make a huge difference to their quality of life.
We also had a delivery of Aymes, specialist nutrition products that some of the children in the FTHs and the local community are supported with. We are so grateful for these donations as they are crucial for maintaining weight and ensuring overall good health.
Finally, Intersurgical have kindly donated a year’s supply of filters for a child’s ventilator. These will enable the filters to be replaced more than once a week, which is currently much more than has been possible previously. These will make a massive difference to the young person’s life and the management of her condition.
We are incredibly grateful for all of the donations we receive. We really couldn’t do it without this extra support. If you or anyone you know might be able to contribute any other donations, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
With love from the whole team at the Life Foundation xx
What we have been doing during lockdown
Like many charities, we have been significantly impacted by the global pandemic. Unfortunately, due to travel restrictions and concerns about the spread of the virus, we have been unable to offer our usual summer volunteer and specialist trips to Romania. However, we haven't been idle, and have instead used the time and energy we would have spent arranging and supporting these trips to reflect and plan for the future.
We have made the difficult decision to stop our summer volunteering programme. This is in response to reduced volunteer numbers and concerns about "voluntourism". Instead we will be focusing on our "specialist" trips. In addition to the health professionals we typically recruit for these trips, we intend to offer limited spaces to individuals who are interested and would previously have joined our summer programme. During coronavirus, staff in the institutions we support have shown an amazing commitment to the residents, including some staff moving in to reduce risk, and we have been sending resources such as sports equipment to help keep residents entertained.
In addition to how we continue to improve the quality of life of individuals living in Government care, we have been considering how we can support families in the community, so individuals can avoid being institutionalised in the first place. We are developing plans for this and making alliances with colleagues and services in Romania to this end.
We are also focusing on fundraising, which has become more challenging now we will not have donations from volunteers to fund our multi-disciplinary team working in Romania.
We have recognised that although we are busy all the time, we are not brilliant at telling others what we have been doing, and so to help with this we have been improving our website and thinking about how we can provide more regular updates to our supporters.
We are proud of the positive changes we are making and we are excited to put things into place when our multi-disciplinary team is cleared to get back to face to face work, and travel to Romania will again be possible. We look forward to sharing the ongoing developments!