UA launches a social care emergency volunteering scheme
The initiative starts today and consists of the support of the university community as a strategic group to help improve this healthcare crisis
The recruitment is focused, especially, on people with training in Biology, Nursing, Medicine, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Psychology, Chemistry, Occupational Therapies, Social Work and Translation, as well as people from the university community in general to help accompany and assist people at risk or in a situation of vulnerability and social exclusion
Alicante, Friday 20 March 2020
The University of Alicante has just launched a social care emergency volunteering scheme to recruit university members to cover the specific needs reported by the regional government and other authorities requiring people for specific tasks, as agreed by the UA Governing Council, to contribute to relieve the effects of the current health emergency.
As a strategic group due to its specialised education, the university community (teaching and research staff, administration and service staff and students) contribute to tackling and alleviating the current situation. To do so, they can help implement the measures to ensure public health and offer resources to cover the needs that may arise among groups in a situation or at risk of vulnerability, and lacking a family or social network.
In this regard, all university members (except for groups at risk: those aged over 65 years, those with immunosuppressive, chronic, cardiac, pulmonary, renal, hepatic, blood or metabolic diseases) may be part of this social care emergency volunteering network.
In this sense, the recruitment is focused, especially, on people with training in Biology, Nursing, Medicine, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Psychology, Chemistry, Occupational Therapies, Social Work and Translation, (this last one as a specific and necessary service in the communication addressed to the large foreign community living in the province of Alicante and the Valencian region), as well as teachers and students (in their last year) in the mentioned specialities and involved in Master’s and PhD degrees related to Health Sciences.
Also, the volunteering scheme is also aimed at recruiting people from the university community in general to, where appropriate, collaborate in accompaniment and assistance tasks to ensure access to basic resources for people at risk or in a situation of vulnerability and social exclusion.
Collaborators will carry out their tasks following the recommendations established by the health authorities.
Participants in this volunteering scheme will be allocated up to 6 credits as a result of contributing in university volunteering and cooperation activities.
The coordination of this social care emergency volunteering scheme is carried out by the Office of the Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, Inclusion and Gender Equality, with a network of academic and specialised coordinators, depending on the area involved.