Overview of Blue Cross Switzerland
- National umbrella organisation of Switzerland for prevention, health promotion, counseling, aftercare and integration
- Present in 19 cantons
- 160 employees plus volunteers
- Member associations and specialists network through committees, commissions and further education creating a bridge between German and French- speaking areas
- A dense network of specialist agencies, each embedded in national and cantonal alcohol policies. The wide network, specialists with recognised qualifications and knowledge as well as a high level of standardisation of the service provision are convincing arguments for the service users and partners.
Q&A with Sara Gerber, National Coordinator RoundaboutSara Gerber
1. Why is the Blue Cross work important to you?
It is rewarding to work for an organisation, which responds to the real challenges of our society.
2. Are you convinced of the impact of your work - if so, which aspects?
As the national coordinator I’m relatively removed from the girls and young women in the roundabout groups. But when I meet them and see in their eyes what roundabout means to them, I am more convinced than ever of the service provided. Roundabout is a street-dance network for girls and young women between 8 and 20 years old. The dancers discover their passion for dance and movement, their self- esteem is reinforced and integration into the group is encouraged.
3. What was your happiest moment during your time with Blue Cross?
I enjoy the passion and the commitment of the cantonal roundabout leaders to their work. I don’t take the opportunity to work with such a dynamic team for granted. I’m happy that we help 1000 girls in Switzerland to be physically active and through this they can be part of a group. I’m also delighted to see how many young women volunteer to become group leaders every week. It’s simply fantastic and a reason to be happy every day!
4. What is/was your biggest challenge in your work for Blue Cross?
As the national coordinator, I’m faced with many different needs and opinions. Finding common ground is not always easy. I would prefer if resource procurement/raising funds/financing were not such a big issue.
5. Blue Cross in your country: What do you consider as your most important project?
Through Blue Cross, I meet all kinds of people of all ages and backgrounds. I find this so interesting! For each individual the most important project is the one that removes him from the situation he is in and gives him stability and a way forward. So it’s difficult for me to say. Looking at the greater picture, I’m glad that Blue Cross is an important and recognised organisation for addiction in Switzerland with much to offer the community. I hope that we can continue to build on this in the future.