Portugal 2019: Associação Nuvem Vitória

Delegate: Associação Nuvem Vitória

Affiliations: Portugal

Short Bio: Associação Nuvem Vitória was born in 2016 and its main mission is to contribute to improve the sleep of children, namely in hospitals, through volunteer teams that tell bedtime stories every night.
A project with unique characteristics that fits for the first time in Portugal, the concept of volunteering in a pediatric hospital environment and, simultaneously, at night (from 20.00 to 22.00). It had a first phase – October 2016 to March 2017 – with action in the Lisbon Pediatric Internment Service of Hospital de Santa Maria. After the pilot project, we increased the team and the action spectrum: H.S.Maria now has 100 volunteers, spread over 3 floors; in the first four months of 2018, we started the expansion project for Hospital de São João in Porto and Vila Franca de Xira Hospital – increasing to 210 the number of volunteers; the Alcoitão Hospital Center in Cascais was our fourth core in 2018. We have read more than 26,000 stories in more than 8,300 volunteer hours. We are in the expansion phase for Braga in the first quarter of 2019, counting with a total of 350 volunteers throughout the country.

Activity: The opening of the 5th core of our project , in BRAGA -North of Portugal -with 75 new volunteers that will help 30 children, every night, to fall asleep.

Location: BRAGA

Date of Activity: 15.03.2019

Submitted By: Fernanda Freitas