Nursing Students Develop a Volunteer
Team to help the Elderly
Tamar Nagler (pictured left) a third-year nursing student at the University of Haifa, established a group of volunteers who would eventually become an urban system, providing emergency assistance to the elderly population in Haifa and surrounding areas. This initiative was inspired by University of Haifa’s "Activist Old-Age" course, led by Dr. Maayan Agmon.
The University of Haifa's Dean of Students Office immediately joined in to support this program. Currently, four neighbourhood student volunteer groups are operating. In addition, there is an active telephone contact unit for people in need. The program is held in collaboration with the Welfare Department of the Haifa Municipality.
Liat Epstein (pictured right), a third-year student from the Occupational Therapy Department, stepped in to help Tamar lead this project.
Over the past month they have trained 10 neighbourhood coordinators, who directly employ nearly 600 volunteers, accounting for more than 1,000 people collaborating with parallel group managers for full urban coverage.