Faroe Islands

June 2020

Q&A with Jógvan Martin Davidsen, Social department manager, Blue Cross Faroe Islands

Jógvan Martin DavidsenSocial department manager, Blue Cross Faroe Islands

1. Why is the work of the Blue Cross important to you?

The work I do with the Blue Cross is providing housing and shelter for people exposed to homelessness, mostly due to alcohol and drug misuse. This entails working with people who have lost their footing in society and can struggle to regain their position in society. This is the most important aspect of my work, helping people regain their footing, with housing support and psychosocial intervention, such as providing a safety net when they attempt to gain employment and navigate the social and psychological hurdles they typically encounter. This gives my work a great sense of meaning, as I get to witness growth, specifically witnessing post-traumatic growth is a great motivator for me personally.

2. Are you convinced of the impact of your work – if so, which aspects?

I am convinced that my work has an impact, even though it can be daunting at times, working with a particular group of societal members, as many days are challenging. But the days on which the number of hours and work put in equal the positive outcome, are truly special and indeed make up for the vast amounts of challenging days we might have encountered. That moment when things click and we see a positive change, is a wonderful moment and one we try to celebrate to embolden us for the next challenge.

3. What was your happiest moment during your time with Blue Cross?

My happiest moment was when we broke a layer of bitterness and mistrust of a member of the housing unit, a person who has experienced too many difficulties in life and had given in to hatred and bitterness. The moment when that person opened up and began to enjoy its time here, being sociable, laughing and joking, was my happiest moment. To know we helped a man out of the grip of bitterness was a wonderful episode, and this man is still a source of motivation for the crew working here. So, in many ways, that person helped us gain insight into how meaningful small things such as trust can be.

4. What is/was your biggest challenge in your work for Blue Cross?

Working with the political and social system is without a doubt my biggest challenge, getting enough funds and resources is a massive challenge for us.

5. Blue Cross in your country: What do you consider your most important project?

The work we do with young people and children, in terms of education and support, is the most important aspect of the Blue Cross Faroe Islands, as it reduces the amount of potential future clients in the more traditional sectors of the Blue Cross. Namely, treatment and homelessness, therefore I would say prevention is the most effective treatment we have. And we are extremely proud of the prevention and education department of the Blue Cross Faroe Islands.