The Children’s Palliative Care Society had launched its “Strengthening the capacity of the Children’s Palliative Care Society” (project No. 2012.EEZ/DAP/MAC/104/1/NAC/038), funded by the EEA Financial Mechanism programme for the period 2009-2014 “NGO activity support measure”. The project was financially supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
The aim of the programme of the Children’s Palliative Care Society (the Society) in 2013, was to expand public involvement in the activities of the Society by creating a parents’ initiative group and setting up a volunteering in children’s palliative care (PC) project.
Programme venue: The Children’s University Hospital, Vienības gatve 45, Riga.
Period of implementation in 2013: 01.07.2013.-31.12.2013.
Provision had been made for administering the project, to ensure proper management and implementation of the components:
–Promotion of active citizenship and democracy in children’s PC through involvement in decision making processes. A parent led group has been created. Its agenda was set by the working group, which also produced questionnaires and conducted a poll among the parents. The content of the Society’s website was translated into Russian and English. The website is constantly maintained and updated.
–Building of civil society awareness in children’s PC – cooperation agreements were concluded with the two NGOs: the “Clinical Social Workers’ Society” and the “Society”Family””. The cooperation agreement with the “Clinical Social Workers’ Society” was signed on 23 October, 2013, and with the “Society”Family”” -on 28 November, 2013.
Raising additional funds – the “Tree of Angels” charity Christmas church service for disabled children, in Riga Cathedral and a commemoration event for the families of children who have passed away took place:
–Increased cooperation and membership of local and international NGO cooperation networks. The Society become as a corporate member of the Latvian Civic Alliance in October 2013.
–Popularisation of the volunteering movement – a working group is being established to develop an action programme for volunteering in children’s PC.The group recruited volunteers and organised their work in children’s PC.
–Events to enhance publicity and information exchange – mass media has been provided with initial information on the project, the project had a section dedicated to it on the Society’s website, 11 press releases were released. The project’s inaugural seminar took place on 27 July, at the Society’s address at Vienības gatve 45. The seminar provided information on the aims of the project and the planned results.