Developing Portage for Disabled Children in Russia

Portage improves the daily lives of disabled children in Russia through play, communication and developing self help skills. Our aim is to enable more children in Russia to benefit from Portage by training more Portage workers to offer one to one sessions with disabled children and their families.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1098771)

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In Russia there is still limited understanding of and resources for disabled children and their families. Education is difficult to access, finance is hard to secure and a lack of professionals with skills to support the families mean they often have to travel many hours for help and advice. Families feel isolated; fathers may leave forcing the mother to return to her parents for assistance in looking after the child. The whole system can cause extreme isolation and depression.


By training more people in Portage delivery and supporting the formation of new teams of Portage workers, ThePromise are able to ensure Portage is available to more disabled children in their homes. Working with their parents, the children will develop skills that will enable them to attend special schools and play their part in family life. The links created by the Portage teams allows parents to meet and talk and their children to make friends reducing the isolation of both parents and child