Rakvere Social Support Centre
EI ref: 2010-EE-14
Rakvere Social Support Centre is governmental organisation which works in local level. It was established 2001 to provide social service for elder and disabled people. Since November of 2005 they found Children's Day Centre, to support families in solving their problems.
The Children's Day Centre, where the volunteer is expected to work, is the place for the kids who do not get enough support from home. The children can study, communicate and play with the other children in the centre. There are around 15 children daily in the Centre. Every week there is a different theme the activities are related with, e.g. Olympic - the children are introduced the history of Olympic games, they read and draw about it or play different games about it.
The Children's Day Centre also provides prevention work to avoid violence and alcohol or narcotic problems among the children in Rakvere. The Centre cooperate with teachers, psychologist and police to direct children in to the Centre instead of playing in the streets.
They have two social workers working directly with children in the Centre. They assisting children, in age 7 - 17, with their homework and organising different activities to the kids. Also they have consultations for the parents, to support or give them information and advice in issues of raising children. They also have hairdresser, cosmetic and masseuse working in the Centre for the families with economical and social problems.
The head of the Centre writes also educational projects to children, where kids can take part by themselves. For example last year they made Communication Training DVD, including different role plays.
There are a classroom, a computer room, a playroom, a sports hall, a kitchen and a shower in the Children's Day Centre. Occasionally they also can use sauna which belongs to the Rakvere Social Support Centre. The Centre is open Monday to Friday 13.00 - 20.00 for the children. The staff is coming at 11.00 o'clock to work with the parents.
As the smoking among the youngsters under 18 is a big problem, the staff of the Children's Day Centre ask volunteer not to smoke with or front of the children. Also smoking in the Centre is forbidden.
Rakvere is situated in north Estonia on the northern foot of the Pandivere upland, 20 km south of the Gulf of Finland. There are around 17 000 inhabitants in Rakvere. The city is the administrative, economic and cultural centre of Lääne-Viru county. There are a theatre, many shops, cafes, bubs, kindergartens, schools etc in Rakvere. Volunteer will have many possibilities to spend leisure time in the city. There is also good bus and train connection with other cities.
Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:
Hosting international volunteer will bring new experience and fresh atmosphere to the Centre. The volunteer will broaden children's horizon and motivate them to think about their future. He/she also will raise intercultural awareness among the children and the staff and will give new reason for the children to visit the Centre. The Centre will give to the volunteer a place and children to realise his/her ideas. The children are very open and ready to try new and interesting activities. The volunteer will have good support to find best activities for him/herself. It is a great opportunity for the volunteer to get to know Estonian country and culture as the Centre is organising outings and excursions for the children at least once a month and volunteer will be involved in those as well. It is also a chance for the young volunteer to develop his/her skills and personality through activities and helping children.
Regular activities in the Children's Day Centre are making homework after school, reading, playing, drawing, doing sport, watching movies etc. Twice a week there is a cooking and handicraft workshops. There are also representative of different professions visiting Centre to introduce their job to the children. End of the each day the staff with the children are cleaning the rooms they used, to teach responsibility to the children. In summer the kids are helping elder people in their homes: working in the garden, cleaning their homes etc.
The main activities for volunteer in Rakvere Social Support Centre/Children's Day Centre are seen as follows:
" organising children's leisure time activities (sports, games, songs etc) (25%);
" looking after children and helping social workers in managing their daily needs (15%);
" presenting his/her own country and culture as a part of the intercultural learning (15%);
" teaching foreign language to the children (15%);
" assisting to arrange outings and excursions and taking part in those (10%);
" playing with children (10%);
It is very important for children to have someone who listens and understands them and also gives them his/her support. This is another task for the volunteer. The staff of the centre hopes that the new person can get into the children's heart and help them to understand difficulties of life.