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Occupational Therapist make valuable contribution to Rehabilitation Services in Guyana

 

VSO Occupational Therapist; Samantha Goodwin, Paulette Mosley; Rehabilitation Assistant and residents of Uncle Eddies Home

 

VSO volunteer Samantha Goodwin worked as an Occupational Therapist with the Ministry of Health, Rehabilitation Services for a period of one year, ending May 2012. During her tenure in Guyana one notable project Samantha undertook was a life changing ‘Fund-raiser for the elderly’. Samantha explained, “I wanted to raise some money and place it with the ‘quieter groups’ who may be less seen and therefore receive less support. Similar to back home I felt older people as a group get over looked, so this became my target for my small fundraising project”.

 

For this venture Samantha’s focus was on Uncle Eddie’s Home and Ivy Hall. With the help of her friends and colleagues back home (Nina, Tracy, Mark and Colin – special thanks) they managed to raise a healthy pot of money to purchase items for the residents of the two Elderly Homes.

 

Samantha along with Rehab Assistants Paulette Mosley and June Elias visited these elderly homes once a week to provide exercise, activity and lively discussion. Staying true to the profession of Occupational Therapy activities to help people regain abilities after an accident/ injury or illness was done daily.  

 

Therefore, Samantha was keen to use the money for activities for the residents to help them stay active. Talking with the residents they shared what items they would like to help them ‘keep active’. The following items were purchased and presented in April, 2012: Craft materials, games (dominoes, bingo, cards and connect 4), nail and hair care, word puzzle books (large print), physical games (cricket bat, ball, kite).

 

Residents at Uncle Eddies Home were exceedingly happy for the items. Over a game of dominoes, they happily shared stories of days gone by, family and changes they have seen in Guyana over the years.

 

 

                   Samantha and a resident from the home                                Display of items given to the residents

 

As an Advisor on Occupational Therapy to Rehab Assistants, Samantha summed up her tenure in Guyana, “I will go home with very happy experiences of living, working and exploring Guyana. Thank you Guyana”!

 

The Director, Rehabilitation Services Ministry of Health Ms. Barbara Lawrence expressed heartfelt thanks and appreciation to VSO- Samantha Goodwin for her exceptional contributions to the Rehab Division.

 

Voluntary Services Overseas is the world’s leading independent internationally development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.

 

VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all. Volunteers work in partnership with colleagues and communities to share skills and achieve positive change.

 

 

 

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