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Sandra's hearts – Press release

Six members of the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica received certificates of the successful completion of training for assistant housekeepers and assistant confectioners. The awarding ceremony was held in the Astoria Hotel in Bled. Together with Sandra Svetina, 29, a girl with Down syndrome, they were making Sandra's hearts in the hotel confectionery...

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                           Bled, 10 May 2018

 

Inclusion of people with mental development disorders in normal working environments

 

Sandra's hearts will be a part of tourist offer in the Astoria Hotel in Bled

 

Six members of the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica received certificates of the successful completion of training for assistant housekeepers and assistant confectioners. The awarding ceremony was held in Astoria Hotel in Bled. Together with Sandra Svetina, 29, a girl with Down syndrome, they were making Sandra's hearts in the hotel confectionery. They will be a part of tourist offer as a dessert and a hotel souvenir. Above all, this is an addition to the series of stories about the inclusion of people with mental development disorders from the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica in normal working environments, which complies also with the European guidelines in this field. Another story is beginning in hotel chain Hit Alpinea in Kranjska Gora, which was awarded a symbolic gift at the ceremony today: Sandra's dessert on a Biseri plate.

 

"I have always been watching cookery shows on TV. My favourite was famous master Rudolf and his desserts. I told my parents and mentors in the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica that my secret wish is to make desserts. Together we went to the Astoria Hotel in Bled. The confectioner said that I could be her assistant. I decided to accept the challenge. My mentor was confectioner Judita. She helps me with advice and instructions. This is my dream job", says Sandra Svetina.

 

Sabina Rešek, Manager of the Astoria Hotel Bled, which is also the learning centre of the Higher Vocational College for Catering, Wellness and Tourism Bled, emphasised that cooperation with the members of the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica has enriched their team of employees. "The members felt well in the hotel environment which connects the hotel guests, employees and students, and they were learning new skills very successfully. So successfully that some of them will be working in the hotel in the summer season. Cooperation with them and their eagerness to work have also contributed to better connection among our employees and enriched them with the realisation that work is still rewarding and it is not only an obligation.«

 

Proud that they can show what they are able to do

The members of the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica are very happy that they can show what they know and what they are able to do and today they were very proud be awarded the certificates. Matjaž Tibola describes his training for an assistant housekeeper: »I was doing various jobs. I was sweeping in front of the hotel and on the terrace, vacuumed the staircase and the dining room, cleaning the railings, glass surfaces; in the laundry I was folding robes and tea towels, and in the rooms I was vacuuming, dusting, making beds and changing bed linen.«

 

Call to socially and locally responsible tourism

Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica and the Astoria Hotel Bled as a part of the Higher Vocational College for Catering, Wellness and Tourism Bled started the story more than a year ago.  During that time Sandra's hearts were created in the hotel confectionery and they became a part of the hotel culinary and tourist offer. Sabina Rešek points out that cooperation with the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica and the story of Sandra's hearts contain a very powerful message about the social and local responsibility of the hotel: »The strengths of a tourist destination are not only the beauties and tourist infrastructure but above all people.  I would like to invite all the hoteliers and tourist economy shareholders to join us.«

 

Hoteliers from Hit Alpinea in Kranjska Gora are already introducing this initiative in their working environment. At today's certificate awarding ceremony they were given a symbolic present by the teams of the Astoria Hotel and the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica: Sandra's hearts on a Biseri plate. These are more demanding products made of clay and textile, also made by Sandra and her colleagues and friends from the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica.

 

Work is adapted to the abilities and wishes

The Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica is striving for people who suffer from disturbances in mental development to get their opportunities also in normal working environments.  Slađana Anderle, Director of the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica, emphasises: Work that meets their abilities allows their active inclusion in the society. Undoubtedly, we, the employees at the Centre have to find opportunities for suitable work and at the same time provide support to working environments. Only in this way and by higher and higher inclusion will the wider society be able to eliminate fears and prejudice and be able to understand and support their limitations and see that different can also mean richer.

Our members are thrilled that they can show what they are able to do. Trained mentors encourage them and allow them to grow personally through work, to be happy and prove themselves.«

 

Among the first who supported the members of the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica in the field of food service activities was the team of chef Uroš Štefelin in Vila Podvin. For two years they have been serving selected dishes on Biseri plates, made by the members of the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica who also help prepare and serve the dishes.

 

Sandra's hearts on magnet coaster Biseri is a unique dessert, telling the story about the cooperation and inclusion of people with mental development disorders in normal working environments.

 

Sandra Svetina, member of the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica, with her dessert that she makes as an assistant confectioner in the Astoria Hotel in Bled.

 

Sandra Svetina with mentor Judita Vovk from the Astoria Hotel Bled.

 

Six members of the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica received certificates of the successful completion of training for assistant housekeepers and assistant confectioners.  Certificates were awarded by Slađana Anderle, Director of the Centre for Training, Work and Care Radovljica, and  Janez Damjan, Director of Vocational College for Catering, Wellness and Tourism Bled.

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