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Senior Volunteering Project

For over 3 months six senior volunteers from CIP have taken part in series of inititives in preparation for a 3 week visit to Portugal in May. The group consisting of the following members, Kathy Rowe, Valarie Kinkead, Audrey Jackson, Norma Gordon, Stephen and Hetty Smith have been engaged in cultural awareness sessions, basic language classes, cookery and craft sessions and infomation evenings about the forthcoming project which commences on 12 May and runs until 3rd June. The volunteers will be hosted by the portuguese group, Igreja Evangelica de Alto do Moinho located near Lisbon. The emphasis of the exchange programme is the development of family support structures and a series of social projects fill the programme in Portugal. The initial two weeks will consist of sessions in either the Centro Cultural de Alto do Moinho or the Igreja Evangelica de Alto Moinho and will be followed by a week in the Alentejo province where the volunteers will be involved in a simiiar project.  The programme has the support of the local portuguese council and is backed by the National offices of Grundtvig in thye UK and Portugal.