The ‘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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