Since 2000 we have been at the forefront of providing many different training and educational programmes for Belarusian healthcare professionals, social workers, carers and teachers working with disabled children and young people.
Over 20 professionals from the UK have donated their time and expertise to the programme to make real, long term difference to the lives of children in Belarus. Jean Holt Co-ordinated this programme for 12 years and then Geoff Wright took over as our training Co-ordinator.
How do our training programmes improve the lives of the children of Belarus?
Children in institutional care
By training Belarusian professionals in family placement for children unable to live with their biological parents we have helped to reduce the number of children living in large overcrowded institutions.
As the number of foster families grew, institutions began to close.
Seven year old Anton said the best thing about living in a foster family was that he only has one mamma.
By training professionals in supporting children in their own families, and raising awareness about the need for foster carers, we are helping to prevent children from entering institutions in the first place.
We have delivered training in many aspects of child care and development from Early Intervention to Leaving Care; Child Centred Care; Managing Change; Fostering Children with Disabilities; Temporary Fostering for Babies; Restorative Justice; Family Group Conferencing; Working with Autistic Children; and a major training programme on Social Work Skills.
Read about how our Exchange Visits have also made a huge difference to countless Belarusian children.
We are very grateful to The True and fair Foundation for sponsoring many of our training programmes in recent years