MAKING CONNECTIONS THROUGH COLLABORATION
It has been a difficult time for all with the recent health and economic challenges and we still need to foster engagement and understanding across the whole community. For senior citizens, this can be extremely tough and having been isolated for so long can sometimes have consequences that can affect their health and wellbeing.
HE Salama Al Ameemi Director General of Ma an
The entire community can play an active role in strengthening our society and making a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Our Community Engagement pillar helps to promote a culture of volunteering and participation. Ma an identifies gaps in social services, and then works with partners to create volunteering opportunities that directly address those needs and priorities. Partners include local businesses and organisations who connect their employees to impactful programmes, creating powerful new experiences to serve the community.
Through our Community Engagement pillar, Ma an helps design meaningful volunteer opportunities that are directed towards programmes that provide tangible social impact.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our community engagement programmes shifted online, so we were able to keep these connections alive during a tough year.
Journey of Generations is a programme that improves the wellbeing of senior citizens by connecting them with younger members of the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme pivoted to a virtual operation, using video conferencing to continue connecting the community members. Journey of Generations is currently operated and expanded by the Al Mubarakah Foundation, a third sector entity.
JOURNEY OF GENERATIONS
Launched in 2019, FitFam is a community-based programme designed for the improved health and inclusion of people of determination. Created in cooperation with Special Olympics UAE and the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, FitFam will deliver physical fitness activities and health education to young people of determination across Abu Dhabi, beginning initially with football sessions held by qualified Special Olympics UAE coaches and volunteers.
FITFAM OF MA AN VOLUNTEERS SURVEYED REPORT POSITIVE EXPERIENCE88% OF FRONTLINE WORKERS SURVEYED REPORT INCREASED MENTAL WELLBEING (CALMNESS AND RELAXATION) FOLLOWING YOGA AND MINDFULNESS SESSIONS
OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES SURVEYED REPORT BEING EXTREMELY SATISFIED OR SATISFIED WITH FOOD BASKETS RECEIVED DURING COVID-19