Best Practice: Village Services, Carinthia, Austria
Local Volunteers for Social Services
Local voluntary groups help those who are in need in several villages in Carinthia (Source www.dorfservice.at)
Village Services, a local project presently implemented in four communities in the Carinthian district of Spittal/Drau intends to close gaps in social services on a local level. Missing services are provided for elderly people and caring family members, for single parents and families:
- After a survey of local needs, local voluntary groups have been founded. The volunteers help elderly people with transport and shopping services and with visits to the sick. They receive a compensation e.g. for fuel costs and are supported through an exchange of experiences.
- The Villages Services staff provides rapid and professional individual help, e.g. when caring family members are sick or overburdened.
- Village Services informs about the existing offer of social services and co-ordinates different suppliers.
The project is a local initiative which was prepared as a LEADER project; the first implementation steps took place within the Interreg IIIB project PUSEMOR, and the responsible reckons on financial contributions of the municipalities for the planned long-term implementation.