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King Willem-Alexander opens 2018 Week of Care and Welfare

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands was in The Hague yesterday to launch the 2018 Week of Care and Welfare with a visit to the Brugsestratt 51 residential estate and the Care and Wellbeing Bus.

Located in the residential area of Middin at the Brugsestraat in The Hague, South Holland, the residential estate is home to 23 individuals with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 18 and 46. The residents each have their own living areas with space for sleeping and cooking in addition to shared common spaces which allow them the opportunity to interact and do things together.

The dedicated team of staff and volunteers offer residents guidance, support, treatment and care. They also organise daytime activities for residents to work on their professional skills – most prominently in the areas of cooking and childcare – and play an integral role in supporting the mental and physical welfare of residents.

During his visit King Willem-Alexander had the opportunity to meet with staff, volunteers and residents, learning more about their day-to-day lives and work, and to tour the residential location.

The King then visited a special ‘Care and Wellbeing Bus’, which is being used as part of the Week of Care and Welfare, where he spoke with care professionals and students about working and learning in the care and welfare sector.

The Week of Care and Welfare runs from 12 to 17 March and is an organised effort from RegioPlus, the union of fourteen cooperating regional employers’ organisations in the Netherlands.

The Week of Care and Welfare is focused on:

1. Promoting the image of the welfare sector
2. Shedding light on the hard work people are doing in this area on a daily basis
3. Creating interest in young people to pursue training or work in health care and well-being.

In pursuit of the third focus, the Care and Wellbeing Bus is being utilised by a group of health professionals who will spend this week travelling to the fourteen participating regions, introducing students to care and welfare professions and showcasing the rewarding opportunities the work offers.

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