07 June 2024

UNICEF spaces for children, youth and parents

Every child needs a place where they feel safe and happy, especially in times of war. Since 2022, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)'s Spilno Сhild Spots have become such spaces, welcoming 3 million young visitors across the country. In 2024, UNICEF will transform the network of Spilno Spots into spaces where children, young people,…, Spilno Child Spots, In the cosy atmosphere of the Spilno Spots, children can build Lego towers, play dominoes and chess, learn about the planets, make flags of different countries, or dance to a rhythmic song with professional animators and teachers.  Media collection rows image UNICEF image UNICEF image UNICEF image UNICEF, Services:, For children – Educational games, books, creative workshops, art therapy, early development classes, interactive lessons, films and cartoons, school readiness, mine awareness, etc. A baby room with a changing table and a place for breastfeeding., Spilno Child Spots operate in railway stations in five Ukrainian cities:, Kyiv:  https://t.me/unicef_spilno_IronLand Dnipro:  https://t.me/DniproUNICEF Kharkiv:  https://t.me/unicef_vokzal Odesa:  https://t.me/spilno_unicef_odesa Lviv, Spilno Child Spots in other places:, Balakliia (Kharkivska region):  https://t.me/unicefbalaklij Gostomel (Kyivska region):  https://t.me/unicef_gostomel Lviv:  https://t.me/spilno_unicef_lviv Kyiv:  https://t.me/spilno_unicef_kiev Kryvyi Rih:  https://t.me/spilno_unicef_dk_ternivskyi Uzhhorod:  https://t.me/uzhorod_unicef Kharkiv: https://t.me/spilno_unicef_metrobud Kherson:  https…, Spilno Multifunctional Centres, These places are more spacious than Spilno Spots. They can occupy several floors and offer even more opportunities for entertainment and development, compared to spots. In the centre's multimedia studios, children can learn to make cartoons out of clay, sand and Lego, practice singing or even record their own music hits. Meanwhile, parents and…, Services:, Educational games, quizzes and interactive classes for children. Digital learning centres where children can learn programming, etc. Multimedia studios – Rooms for recording sound, creating cartoons and other multimedia projects. Psychological support for children and adults. Psychosocial support for children aged 4-15 and their parents. A room…, Today, the centres operate in four Ukrainian cities:, Bohodukhiv (Kharkivska region):  https://t.me/spilno_unicef_bohodukhiv Dnipro: https://t.me/DniproUNICEF Zaporizhzhia:  https://t.me/ZpUNICEF Kharkiv:  https://t.me/spilno_unicef_multicentr_kharkiv, Resilience Centres, This is a safe and barrier-free space where any child and their family can receive support during tough times, learn how to handle stress and strengthen family bonds. The centres are open to everyone in need of psychological help, as well as those facing challenges such as large families, displaced individuals, people with disabilities or families…, Services:, Psychosocial support, including group and individual counselling. Counselling on child development and education. Social support services. Other services, including day care for children with disabilities. The centres opened with the support of UNICEF are already operating in the Valkivska and Kehychivska communities of Kharkivska regions., Digital Learning Centres, Created in partnership with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, the Digital Learning Centres operate primarily in eastern and southern Ukraine, where many schools have been destroyed and shelling continues, preventing children from attending classes in person. Each child is provided with their own seat, along with access to a laptop…, Youth Centres and Spaces, These spaces welcome all initiatives from teenagers and young adults. Youth centers and spaces play a crucial role in the development and social integration of adolescents and young people. They offer opportunities for socialising, learning, cultural exchange, civic engagement and support. Media collection rows image UNICEF image UNICEF image…, Youth centres and spaces offer:, Educational activities – Skills development and career guidance programmes, creative workshops, psychosocial support groups. Useful recreational activities, including access to literature, film screenings, board games, etc. Counselling and psycho-social support groups. Opportunities to volunteer and run your own projects. Find out about youth…
03 October 2023

Dogs help children in Ukraine to cope with stress

Today, five-year-old sisters Eva and Milana have an appointment with their therapist at a metro station in Kharkiv, a city in northeast Ukraine. The therapist is just nine years old and her name is Julie. She is a golden retriever who has been helping children in Kharkiv overcome stress since the beginning of the full-scale war. As soon as Eva…, Five-year-old Eva and Milana with the dog Julie, UNICEF Five-year-old Eva and Milana with the dog Julie Image UNICEF Julie Image, Julie, UNICEF Eva, 5, with the dog Julie Image, Eva, 5, with the dog Julie, UNICEF Five-year-old Eva and Milana with the dog Julie Five-year-old Eva and Milana with the dog Julie Julie Eva, 5, with the dog Julie Canine-assisted therapy classes like these are held twice a week at the Spilno Child Spots, which are run at Kharkiv metro stations by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The classes are free of charge…, Helping to children to heal, Eva and Milana arrived in Kharkiv with their parents after fleeing Kherson, where intense fighting is taking place. The girls have cats and a dog back home. Eva misses her pets and loves to spend time with the animals at the Spilno Child Spot. "The dog's name is Snizhok (‘ snowball’) because he is snow-white and fluffy,” she says, sadly. Eva…, Finding safety underground, Recently, the fighting in Kharkiv has become intense again. Air raid sirens sound several times a day and each time it causes stress for children, who desperately need a safe place to shelter. Last night, Victoria and her seven-year-old daughter Adelina barely slept. "There was huge shelling at night,” says Victoria, who did not hesitate to come…, Adelina, 7, at the Spilno Child Spot, UNICEF Adelina, 7, at the Spilno Child Spot Image UNICEF Image Image UNICEF Adelina, 7, at the Spilno Child Spot Adelina, 7, at the Spilno Child Spot Image Spilno Child Spots have been operating in Kharkiv’s metro since last winter. They serve as a bomb shelter, but also as a place for games and learning, and sometimes as a home. Even during…, Overcoming stress and sadness, Trainer Natalia has lived in Kharkiv since the very first days of the full-scale war. While hiding in the metro with her family, she noticed how depressed the children around her were. She then came up with the idea to organise dog classes as therapy. "The first class was difficult both for me and my dogs,” she recalls. “Severe shelling occurred…