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Training and Education

Over the past 15 years, 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.

We identify need and are now in a position to respond to training requests, thanks to a dedicated team of UK professionals who donate their time and expertise to the programme to make real, long term difference to the lives of children in Belarus.

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 grows, institutions are beginning to close.

Foster familySeven 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 we are helping to prevent children from entering institutions in the first place.

Nineteen year old Sasha spent almost all his childhood in an institution and told us he would rather live on a crust of bread a day and stay with his family than live in an institution.

Early Intervention

In April 2010 Kirsty Hill and Lorena Cecchi delivered training in a parenting programme designed to enable workers to improve relationships between parents and their young children.

Lorena is a psychologist with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and Kirsty manages a group of children’s centres in Wakefield. They were assisted by Ira Prakapovich who interprets most of our training programmes.

Leaving Care

For young people leaving care, life outside the institution can be scary. Our leaving care project, which is run jointly with an Italian charity, Forum, sponsors mentors to teach life skills to young people and support them after they have left the institution. We are training the mentors and carers of the young people at Gomel Boarding School.

With our help these young people will stay in education and stay out of trouble, eventually finding employment and feeling more confident as they approach adulthood.

Read about how our Exchange Visits have also made a huge difference to countless Belarusian children.

With special thanks to Miller Philanthropy for funding all our training and educational visits for 2010/2011