‘Eng Hand fir di Krank’: volunteering initiative to combat older people’s isolation in Luxemburg

Eng Hand fir déi KrankThe ‘Eng Hand fir di Krank’ project was launched in 2005 by the local Red Cross in order to challenge older people’s social exclusion and isolation, which concerns a quarter of the Luxembourgian population aged 75 and more.

The concept is to train volunteers, who will afterwards spend some time, i.e. a few hours a week, with an older person to get out and/or have a drink, play games, have a walk, visit a museum, etc.

Since its creation, more than 150 volunteers have been trained. In addition to breaking senior’s isolation, the initiative also offers the volunteer an enriching experience and a feeling of satisfaction and a sense of being useful.

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