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ZU students volunteer to visit the elderly in Dubai
February 08, 2018
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DUBAI: Over 50 Students from Zayed University (ZU) have joined the ‘Weleef’ programme, which will see them pay visits to elderly UAE nationals who live alone in Dubai.

Launched by the Dubai Community Development Authority back in 2011, the programme provides care and aims to improves the quality of life of the elderly.

Khaled Hussein Abdullah, Head of Home Care at CDA, said that the initiative, aims to increase students’ social responsibility towards their community, "Volunteers will complete a minimum of an hour per week when visiting the elderly. They chat, serve and help them around their place of residence."

"Students can join for a week, a month, or for life, there isn’t a time limit, they also can bring along family members along, friends and children."

He added, "Weleef runs regular training courses on best practices to professionals who, in turn, offer a range of social services to the elderly at their place of residence. The programme aims to assist elderly Emiratis by leading a more meaningful and independent lifestyle by better integrating them into their homes and community."


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