Ian Clark is a Learning Facilitator at CareTech plc, his day-to-day role involves training CareTech staff to provide the best possible care to service users. The CareTech Foundation recently supported Ian, through their Match Funding grant scheme, as he undertook voluntary work in Indonesia. Ian is a trained osteopath and wanted to use his expertise to improve the lives of people in an area where access to effective health care can be limited.
Ian volunteered with the Hands with Heart Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation based in Indonesia. The Foundation provides healthcare for children and adults who have special needs, those at risk of social exclusion and some of the poorest people in the country. The programme is staffed by volunteer health professionals from all disciplines, but the majority are osteopaths and physiotherapists.
Ian visited the foundation’s centres in Ubud and Denpasar where he treated patients, helping them to improve their quality of life, while also sharing therapeutic knowledge and best practice with local practitioners. The volunteers play a vital role as access to this type of healthcare is prohibitively expensive and limited locally due to a lack of resources. The volunteer programme aims not just to treat patients but also to help train local therapists so that they can deliver high quality health care to the children and adults who so desperately need it.