Hello, My name is Katie Osborne.
In July, I will be travelling to Sibiu in Romania, as a volunteer Occupational Therapist, as part of the Bianca Project for the charity SHARE. I will be working in a centre for children with complex health needs and learning disabilities. These centres replaced the orphanages of the past when Romania joined the EU. Although improvements have been made, these centres are still seriously under staffed and under resourced. Children with complex needs and learning disabilities are still institutionalised, the staff are untrained in caring for the children and there are no health care workers within the centres.
Each year, the charity SHARE send out a small number of Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language students, who have recently completed their training, to work with the children to help them gain more independence, and to develop opportunities for play.
I will have to take any therapy resources with me, and any donations, however small, would help me to do this. If donations are made beyond the cost of resources, these will go towards the charity.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for any donations you are able to make.