“A Helping Hand in a Safe Environment” Project is implemented by the Regional Centre for Social Policy in Krakow within the Objective II of the Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme “To strengthen primary health care and social services in the peripheral and disadvantageous region of the geographic focus”. The aim of the project is to increase the availability of social services for the residents of Malopolska by by improving the infrastructure of the social welfare houses (SWH) and care and education institutions (CEI), providing these units with equipment and developing the professional skills and services of the personnel.
The project’s implementation started in January 2012 and will be completed in mid-2015. The total amount allocated by the Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme for its implementation equals 6 114 987 CHF, whereas the amount available for financing of the investment and training projects in SWHs and CEIs of Malopolska equals 4 804 914 CHF and was distributed within a competition.
COMPONENTS I and II OF THE PROJECT: INVESTMENT AND TRAINING PROJECTS IN SOCIAL WELFARE HOUSES AND CARE and EDUCATION IINSTITUTIONS OF MALOPOLSKA
Components I and II are aimed at public institutions and non-profit organizations that operate the SWHs and CEIs operating in the round-the-clock mode, which have developed the project of renovation, expansion and / or retrofitting of its facility, as well as have planned the training courses for its personnel to expand its activities and provide its clients with care and support at the highest level throughout the investment in infrastructure and human resources.
During a call for proposals within the Competition No 1/2012 which lasted since June 5th until September 12th 2012, 25 projects were submitted to the Regional Centre for Social Policy in Krakow. 16 of them had passed the financial and merit-based appraisal. On February 2nd, 2013 the Malopolska Steering Committee has created a list of projects to be financed as well as a reserve list of projects that have been approved on February 19th by the resolution of the Malopolska Management Board. In the list of projects to be funded there were 8 following applications:
- “House friendly to residents. Improvement in provided services into the SWH in Bobrek”,
- “Development of SWH in Nowodworze for purpose of upgrading service quality”,
- “Modernization of SWH at 41 Łanowa street – building 41b”,
- “Modernization of SWH at 55 Krakowska street in Krakow”,
- “SWH in Szczyrzyc – expansion, an increase in the quality of services through the infrastructure development and personnel training”,
- “Improvement of living standards at SWH in Gorlice – Infrastructure development and personnel training”,
- “Modernization and service development at SWH, at 59 Nawojowska street in Nowy Sącz”,
- “Modernization of the quality of social services provided by the SWH in Zbyszyce”.
COMPONENT III OF THE PROJECT: SPECIALIST TRAININGS AND QUALIFICATION COURSES FOR THE SWHs’ NURSES AND MIDWIVES AND RETROFITTING THE MALOPOLSKA SWHs IN EQUIPMENT
The project also includes Component III, which is targeted directly to the nursing personnel of the SWHs – in its framework the Regional Centre for Social Policy in Krakow provides the organization of qualification courses and specialist trainings for this group and retrofitting the Malopolska SWHs in basic nursing equipment that enables efficient work for the clients of these facilities.
The recruitment of nurses and midwives on qualification courses and specialist trainings within the Component III was conducted since November 22nd until December 12th, 2012. Nurses and midwives interested in the courses and trainings that have sent their applications after this deadline, were included in a reserve list. The qualification courses and specialist trainings are planned to be started in April 2013.