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Tallinna Tugikeskus JUKS

description of organisation

JUKS EVS services are coordinated by NGO noOR, for information about the service and application process please contact noOR's EVS coordinators at: evs@erinoor.ee.
Support Centre Juks is a Tallinn Government´s organisation, which provides social services for intellectually disabled people. Organisation´s aim is to support person with special needs to cope maximally in everyday life, in vocational trainings and in working life.

Areas where the organisation is working are following:
- Independency trainings - training with clients to manage to cope in everyday life and work, social skills
- Socialization- individual work with clients to develop skills for everyday management
- Art trainings
- Social work- rehabilitation service, supported working service, working practise.
- Therapy- music-, creative- and occupational therapy.

Tallinna Support Centre Juks has previous experience with European Voluntary Service projects. For today the 24-Care Centre has been working last 5 years with EVS and has developed to stable level. In Development Centre we have hosted volunteers 2 years. Last year volunteers had to work in two different buildings but now we will provide social services in one location. It has been worked out really well as past years the volunteers have created common workshops and introduced their native-land and language for our clients.

Working as a volunteer in Juks with disabled people is a good learning opportunity for a young person. Through the work they will get very good experience from the social field. Work with people with disabilities may be emotionally hard in the beginning without any previous experience, but it also gives very much for the volunteer in terms of personal development and reviewing the values to life. Volunteer will get good understanding of the Estonian social care system. Volunteers creativity and communication skills will develop strongly as volunteers needs to find ways how to get contact with the clients of the centre, none of the clients speaks English, and many of them have difficulties to communicate verbally in general. Also the volunteer will get experience working with different types of disabilities, possibility to gain knowledge about different types of therapy (from therapists who visit place), develop empathy, raise sensitivity.

1) Volunteer will mainly work as an assistant for the tutor in the centre, helping in different activities. With time and some experience she/he will gain also more responsibilities and according to his own interests and skills can take propose and initiate also new activities for the target group.
One volunteer will mainly work in the 24-Care Centre. For example volunteer will be involved in following:
- preparing activities with and for the residents of the centre for the leisure time (games, workshops, group activities);
- helping residents in shopping for the meals and preparing meal with them;
- guiding residents in other everyday activities (cleaning rooms, doing dishes, washing clothes);
- assisting tutor of the centre in planning activities outside of the centre.

Besides working in the Centre for 24-Care, it is possible for the volunteer to get more involved also in the activities run in Work Centre, also help in the Development Centre.

2) Volunteer will work in Development Centre. The main activities for the volunteer would be:

- taking clients for outdoor (swimming pool, forest) and cultural (museums, art galleries) activities;
- preparing classes (for example about one's own country), having a presentations;
- assistance in activities like preparing a tee, washing dishes;
- taking part in different art activities (ceramics, paintings, glass art);
- assistance in cooking class, computer class, music therapy.