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Paros Volunteer Team

by Vicki Preston, July 2002
Since the end of June the Paros Volunteer Team have begun a regular morning "shift" to cover the busiest hours at our Health Centre, in addition to being on call for situations where visitors may be in need of help.

We held an extremely positive and productive meeting with Stefania Kortsianou-Hatzopoulou (the new President of the administrative board) Calypso Annousaki (Head Nurse) and Dr Evangelia Alifieri - who has been absolutely invaluable in helping to get the team up and running. We were then taken on a guided tour of the Health Centre and introduced to members of staff.

A follow-up meeting will be held in two weeks time for us to evaluate how the programme is working and to address any identified problems.

The main Athens embassies have been informed of the existence of the team so that they can refer their citizens to us for assistance.

As well as providing practical help to patients and to the staff at the Health Centre, the introduction of this service is a significant step forward in integrating our international community with local services so that we can better understand how these services work and be able to see in what other ways we might be able to contribute.

We are particularly grateful to Stefania, Calypso and Evangelia for their encouragement and will be very sorry to see Evangelia leave - she completes her one year of national service on 1st July.

We still need volunteers to cover Monday, Saturday and Sunday mornings (from 10am-midday), as well as people to be available for us to call for help with translation and support to foreign patients, especially during the summer months. If you are willing to be added to our list, call Trudy on 093-7964383.
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