Who is responsible for psychosocial support (PSS)?
Melissa Tsimon, Program Manager for Psychosocial Support
Contact for PSS
Contact person 1
Ms Thalia Vourkidou
Phone: (+357) 22 666955
Fax: (+357) 22 666956
Contact person 2
Program Manager for Psychosocial Support
Website of the national society or PSS
Field of psychosocial support at the moment
The Cyprus Red Cross Society (CRCS) although is a very small organization, has done a remarkable work in the field of the psychosocial support.
The most significant humanitarian work of the CRCS was in the summer of 1974, when the Turks invaded the half part of Cyprus. CRCS was present, in a daily basis, and provided humanitarian aid to the wounded, enclaved and missing persons. CRCS’s volunteers were working in the hospitals, helped in the evacuation, distributed food and clothing and evacuated old or sick people who were stranded or isolated in the hostility. Also CRCS provided psychosocial support to the thousand of families who lost/ missing members of their family, people who lost their properties etc. CRCS provided its services to both Greek and Turk, to the wounded and disableb without any bias or discrimination.
Up until now, for 34 years, the CRCS organizes tours and picnics for the enclaved people to the south side (free side) of the island. Once a week, 4 times a month, 52 days a year, members and volunteers accompanied the enclaved people, discuss with them, help them, if needed and support them. CRCS also provides assistance to all refugees in Cyprus.
Another important humanitarian work of the CRCS was in the summer of 2006 with the Lebanese evacuation. Thousand of Lebanese were arriving to Cyprus’s airports and ports. CRCS’s volunteers were present in a daily basis and were providing help and psychosocial support to the evacuees.
In case of an emergency, CRCS has a good cooperation with all the Governmental Services, especially with the Ministry of Interior and Health. Tracing of the missing persons, reuniting families with their relatives and helping them communicate. Psychosocial support to the displaced or enclaved persons and communicating with them.
In times of peace, CRCS’s volunteers and members pay visits of love to elderly houses, hospitals, foundations for people with special disabilities, houses etc.
The CRCS Youth Section visits children homes and elderly houses especially during the Christmas and the Easter period.
The CRCS provides humanitarian aid and support to the thousands of migrants and asylum seekers that visit, in a daily basis, its offices all over the island.
CRCS another significant field, is the Home for Sick Children. Unique in its kind in Cyprus, the Red Cross Home provides care for about 75 children aged 0-18 years, suffering from serious physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, various syndromes and other serious growth problems. Besides medical care and nursing, the children are offered physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, while being provided also with special aids to help them move more comfortably around. Special attention is given to the suitable entertainment of children, the creation of a family atmosphere for them and the general enhancement of their quality of life. Also great importance is given to the families of the children by volunteers when they visit the Home and discussing and supporting them.