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Red Cross Volunteers received training in psycho-social support

The Belize Red Cross held a five-day workshop in psychosocial support which concluded today. The Belize Red Cross is known to render assistance in the aftermath of disaster with this training the aim is to equip its personnel to better treat those who have been traumatized by a disaster.  Love news spoke with Lily Bowman, Director General of the Belize Red Cross, who said that the training is a part of their capacity building initiative.

Lily Bowman – Director General of Belize Red Cross:“Basic psychosocial support, it was a refresher for some, it was a new subject for others but its an area that Belize Red Cross has been working in for a long time. We have been providing this psychosocial support for persons affected in disasters especially children but we want to advance our knowledge and we want to actually improve and enhance the program that we have so that we can then work closer with partners who are already working in that field. Also to put in a structure that can then be properly identified and then linked with other partners and stakeholders and be integrated into our other programs as well as in the programs of partners. What we are doing right now is doing an evaluation of the week of the content of the workshop itself and then they are moving onto the way forward with our program, how we will structure all this content into a program package we can then take out into the community.”

Love news also spoke with Joaquin Dominguez, one of the Belize Red Cross volunteers, who said that as first responders the first intervention they provide to the victim is very crucial.

Joaquin Dominguez – Volunteer: “We have to bare in mind that in times of disasters  the Red Cross usually provide support in the physical component but this component right here is to look at the mental and the visual so it’s a holistic component that the Red Cross are looking for. We have been trained in different modules in brief and resilience in community and we have to bare in mind that individuals are part of community and together they form resilience and understanding the culture and the environment from where they are coming so as volunteers we need to understand the whole component in which we are working and be able to give that first psychosocial support to the individual. Now bare in mind we come from different areas in the countries but we have to be cognizant of the different cultures within our own context of the country right so in working in that area we have to understand first of all what is the need, what is the emergency and be able to work with the individual and the community at large.

Fifteen participants received certificates for partaking in the five-day training.