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Діти та молодь Print
Thursday, 25 June 2009 15:12
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Центр соціально – психологічної допомоги для дітей та молоді
На сьогодні, в зв’язку з загостренням проблем у всіх сферах суспільного життя України, знижується рівень матеріальної забезпеченості у сім’ях пересічних українців, що гостро, в першу чергу, відбивається на дітях. Розуміючи важкий стан своїх батьків, вони не ставлять вимог про організацію свого дозвілля, а йдуть на вулицю, яка за своїми законами виховує їх.
Мета діяльності Центру соціально – психологічної допомоги для дітей та молоді - допомога дітям із соціально – незахищених категорій ( діти сироти, напівсироти, діти – інваліди). Розуміючи потреби цільової групи робота Центру налагодження за трьома напрямами:
1. Сприяння соціальній та писхолігічній реабілітації дітей з кризових, малозабезпечених родин
2. Організація дозвілля та соціальної реабілітації для неповносправної молоді 

Development of Volunteerism Print
Monday, 16 March 2009 02:22

In 2004 on the basis of Caritas France because of a joined Coordinating Center of the development of volunteers movement started working.

The main objective of the Coordinating Center is training volunteers and their preparation for work in social projects.

Through the activities of the Coordination Center group for all comers , who were ready to help everyone was held - youth, professionals and specialists, to Caritas projects and providing skilled care to needy.

Today, the Coordinating Center of volunteers involved over 80 volunteers. This is youth aged 14 - 35, attracted to work in social projects that act on the basis of CF «Caritas Ivano – Frankivsk UGCC», in particular:

Project Home care - volunteers visit patients with single people, bring them hot meals, help in cleaning, make purchases, go for a walk and just talk;

Project «Circle of English» - volunteers, students of the Prycarpathian University lead foreign language courses for orphans, half orphans and poor.;

Children's Center - a circle, the help with home tasks, organization of educational excursions and summer camps;

The charity campaign - "Orphan schoolbag", "Day of Older Persons", "Young Irkutsk for a future without AIDS", "Saint Nicholas goes to the orphans", "Christmas Candle".

Benefit from the volunteers is extremely high, but this activity can not be spontaneous, and it requires prior training and a systematic approach. Everyone has certain talents, abilities, and for an organization that uses volunteers in its activities, is a very important time to open them and create opportunities for self-. Caritas sees it appropriate to raise a decent change with the number of active young people who come in the future to help social workers and Caritas itself will introduce innovative approaches to solving social problems in need

Work with children of labor migrants Print
Monday, 16 March 2009 02:22

Social work with children of labor migrants

In contemporary Ukraine homeless children are a significant social problem. Over the past ten years, when a country faced economic crisis and rapid change of values, the number of homeless and abandoned children and youth has increased. One of the main causes of child neglect is the migration of Ukrainian citizens in West European countries in search of employment. In such cases, when one or both parents moved abroad, the children remain under the care of other relatives, neighbours or guardians, and in a short time they find themselves on the street.


Very often elderly care of grandparents, neighbours or acquaintances is not enough. Parents who would have an impact on children, are missing, and their children are not conscious enough to study and work properly. Children do not feel the control, miss lessons in school, become regular customers of computer clubs, nightclubs, begin to smoke and use drugs, alcohol, under the influence of gangs, drug traffickers. The problem of drugs is important because some children possess the money that parents send them from abroad.



At the same time there are instances when parents disappear abroad and children find themselves without means of support, moreover, they do not even have an official status of orphan or half orphan. In any case, children and young people gradually separate themselves from society, they see no prospects for themselves and have no motivation to apply efforts to become full members of society. Being for a long time without parental care, children and youth have not the appropriate competence to complete their studies and work on some specialty in future


Purpose: To support the social reintegration and improve social security of children whose parents are labor migrants.




- Encourage children to find their life prospects, the development of necessary positive qualities (diligence, patience, dedication, confidence, tolerance) and some labor skills. This will help them to live independently, study at school, professional education, work and earn their living independently.


- To ensure the personal development and studying of some children that will lead to social reintegration of children.


- Help in children returning to a normal lifestyle with a variety of services and rehabilitation centers;


- Lobbying children interests in difficult living conditions;


- Establishing of effective working relationships with schools and other public institutions for children and youth


- Support to civil society has become more aware of the needs of vulnerable groups of society.


Because of proposal of interesting and useful and common leisure activities through the pedagogical and psychological methods of working with groups and individual clients, we intend to teach children and young people to be more responsible for their life, health, education, future. We expect that children will develop the necessary social competence and quality such as diligence, hard work, dedication, tolerance, responsibility for own actions.

Social rehabilitation of disabled youth Print
Monday, 16 March 2009 02:21
Social rehabilitation of disabled youth

Recreation center and rehabilitation for disabled youth


Constantly being at home, people with special needs, are heavy burden for relatives and friends. At the same time they suffer from such staying in a closed environment. Some people with special needs, because of their age stopped attending educational institutions, being at home very soon degrade and lose even the paltry skills they gained in special schools. To improve their skills needs continued support specialists


People with mental retardation, having gone school age, much still need constant care. These are adults, that need employment, work, communication with other people feeling the necessity which can only satisfy them place in a job or taking other activities.


Currently the state offers only one option - placement in institutions, usually - old house for "psychochronic". Though that it is recognized that this life is over. Programs in these institutions often do not include any activity. And if the person previously maintained in other residential facilities, it is natural and had no chance to learn some lessons or more professions.

To make sense of adult life, you need to have a child laid certain hygienic, domestic, pre-professional, labor skills, safety, and recreational skills, habits and entertainment to sports, skills and productivity needs to communicate, build relationships, some responsibility , interest in life, etc. If one of these components is missing, they should further develop them being adults.

Yet another way - the organization of special workshops and day programs, where adults who require considerable care, and participate in activities with other mentally retarded people under supervision and with the help of assistants, social workers, masters of special education, managers. An important element of this activity can and should be folk and applied art.

Such programs must have accompanying system supporting therapeutic and rehabilitation services, medical and psychological assistance. In addition to employment, these individuals should help to organize holidays, visiting social infrastructure, concerts, tours, departure to nature camps. A special feature is the recreational sport, leisure and in particular special Olympics.

Civilized societies must take care of people with disabilities, to create conditions under which people who have the feature might feel valuable members of society.

Purpose: The help young people with intellectual disabilities is directed at overcoming severe disease, help in acquiring skills for social inclusion in society by creating conditions for training and creation of professional workshops.



  • dissemination of information about the involvement of children, young people with physical disabilities and mental development for rehabilitation, educational programs, employment, social services and etc.
  • promote employment and assisted the creation of jobs for mentally disabled young people by setting up of professional workshop on the basis of CF «Caritas Ivano-Frankivsk UGCC» for people with mental disorders, to which mental retardation is referred to if these people are quite distinct;
  • exhibition of works made by hands of disabled youth and volunteers, the organization of auctions;
  • help circulate profession mentally disabled youth;
  • promote a model of recreational programs for camps, excursions, festivals;
  • organize and conduct entertainment and cognitive action to integrate disabled children in terms of their peers;
  • organization of information work (training seminars. presentations) among students to overcome the stereotypical thinking on disabled people and encourage them to volunteer work with people with special cellars;
  • create a positive image of disabled people by bringing the media to cover this issue (series of radio broadcasts, publications and informational brochures. etc.).

Socio - psychological rehabilitation of mentally disturbed youth of CF «Caritas Ivano-Frankivsk UGCC» has the following areas:

Rehabilitation program.

This program includes:

physical rehabilitation,

training therapy, recreational games,

development of skills needed in everyday life (cooking, cleaning, washing and ironing, planning the day, the organization purchases products home)

Professionals work with children to develop motor functions, small motor, coordination, teach children to use cars, pogo, sticks. Considerable attention is paid.


The team performs diagnostics child development, early rehabilitation, information and psychological support to help the family

ACTIVE YOUTH CLUB WORKSHOPS provide socialization of disabled young people: in peer group activities they are engaged into artistic and production of various products.

On the basis of CF «Caritas Ivano-Frankivsk UGCC» four professional workshops will be organized, including:

Workshop on production of twigs and straw, reeds;

Workshop on production of paper products (postcards, Christmas tree decorations, gift packaging, envelopes

Workshop for production of yarn (knitting, embroidery, macrame)

Workshop on making women's jewelry.

Computer class - to master the skills of typing operator

Prevention of child homelessness and neglection Print
Monday, 16 March 2009 02:18

Prevention of child homelessness and neglection

The most unprotected category in any country is - children, the members of families are in need of society in solving its problems. Usually we call this family crisis. Children from such families, usually are in difficult material, psychological and emotional state. Unwilling to accept the reality, in most cases, children go from their homes, seeking to solve their problems on the street. There are no such families in a significant number of these children actually, because their parents drink, begged, or are in prison. Other children go outside because of family poverty, crowded housing, exploitation and various types of violence, physical, sexual, including mental.


Overcoming the negative effects of child neglection and homelessness in better to conduct in the form of preventive measures including:

  • Detection of dysfunctional families and the promotion of the rights of children who are brought up in them;
  • Identification of children left without parents' care due to the death of relatives, parents travel abroad, etc.;
  • Creating the conditions for social and psychological rehabilitation of the family crisis to deal with the crisis in the middle of the family;
  • Creating the conditions for social and psychological rehabilitation of the crisis families to deal with the crisis in the family;
  • Control for visiting schools and educational institutions by children from crisis families;
  • Creating conditions for professional orientation of children and prepare them for independent life.


The aim is to prevent the emergence of street children and disadvantaged children by implementing a systematic approach to the problem solving of crisis families.



  1. Identification of street children, children left without parents' care due to family death, travel abroad, parents and children from disadvantaged families and provide social support for children and their families through the provision of targeted social services and the promotion of children's rights;
  2. Activities aimed at the return of street children in the family (resending them to a shelter for minors, wanted parents to return to family);
  3. Creating the conditions for social and psychological rehabilitation of the crisis family to deal with the crisis in the family;
  4. Control for visiting schools and educational institutions by children from crisis families, Involving street children and children from crisis families to participate in a summer health camps.
  5. Cooperation with the juvenile service Ivano-Frankivsk city council.
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