The Association’s “The Daily Treatment Program” offers occupational therapy for the support, education, and entertainment of the mentally disabled. In addition, the Association provides services to caregivers and organizes awareness raising events around the issue of mental health. For the period December 2012 – November 2014, the Association ran a social solidarity umbrella Program called “Social Structures against Poverty in the Municipality of Serres”. Through this umbrella Program, the Association offered 2 main services. Namely the Social Store, providing 150 families with monthly food and household supplies. Second, it offered a Hot Meal Program, serving daily lunch to 100 people in need.
“Promoting Healthy Active Ageing” Program
The grant regards the creation of a program aimed at the prevention and treatment of psychosocial problems, especially depression, associated with retirement. The program involves the implementation of a holistic, non-pharmaceutical model that promotes an active, safe and smooth adjustment to the non-active professional life that follows retirement. The program offers individual and group psychological support, presentations/discussions by health related experts, computer instruction, movie nights, cultural excursions and related recreational activities. One of the main pillars of the program is the creation of a team of volunteers that will act in any crisis situation. This pillar was carefully and intentionally selected to encourage volunteerism, in order to make the most of its many benefits. The beneficiaries of the program are 100 elderly residents of Serres who experience problems associated with retirement.