Projects

The Development of Voluntary Service in Animal Shelter in Bialystok 

Between March and May 2016 Psi Usmiech Charity carried out a project called „The Development of Voluntary Service in Animal Shelter in Bialystok”. The initiative was co-financed by the Municipality of Bialystok. The aim was to build an e-learning platform for volunteers working for the Shelter where they would find learning resources about dog training posted by Psi Usmiech Charity. We recorded 10 professional, knowledgeable training videos, now available at www.wolontariat.psiusmiech.pl.

I, My Parents, Sister, Brother – Let’s Create One World Together!

Psi Uśmiech Charity was involved in a project I, My Parents, Sister, Brother – Let’s Create One World Together! co-financed by the PZU Foundation. The Charity members provided a dog-assisted therapeutic session for the patients of Zbigniew Religa’s Integrating Association One World in Bialystok.

REKSOLAND – a playfield for dogs from Animal Shelter in Bialystok

Psi Uśmiech Charity and a British dog welfare charity Dogs Trust built a playfield for dogs from the Animal Shelter in Bialystok. The result of this international cooperation can be found in the pictures below.

 

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Reksoland 

 

Reksoland

 

Rehabilitation of Autistic Children and Teenagers Through Various Therapeutic Activities – a Series of Classes

Psi Uśmiech Charity participated in a project Rehabilitation of Autistic Children and Teenagers Through Various Therapeutic Activities – a Series of Classes co-financed by the President of the City of Bialystok. The Charity members provided dog-assisted therapeutic classes in School Complex no. 12 in Bialystok.

Animal-assisted Contact Therapy – Hippotherapy and Dog-assisted Therapy

Psi Uśmiech Charity took part in a project Animal-assisted Contact Therapy – Hippotherapy and Dog-assisted Therapy co-financed by the President of the City of Bialystok. The Charity members provided dog-assisted therapeutic sessions for children with severe and profound intellectual disability in School Complex no. 12 in Bialystok.

Rehabilitation Is a Step to a Better Life – a Series of Therapeutic Classes

Psi Uśmiech Charity was involved in a project Rehabilitation Is a Step to a Better Life – a Series of Therapeutic Classes co-financed by the President of the City of Bialystok. The Charity members provided dog-assisted therapeutic sessions for disabled children from School Complex no. 12 in Bialystok.

Innovation and Development Promotion Centre in partnership with Psi Uśmiech Charity are pleased to invite you to take part in a project Klub Przyjaciół Reksia – Helping Parents to Re-enter the Job Market

The project is subsidized by the European Union from the European Social Fund. The project is being implemented within the framework of the Operational Programme Human Capital, Priority I Employment and Social Integration, Sub-measure 1.5 Promoting Reconciliation of Work and Family Life. The project aims at helping parents to re-enter the job market after a parental leave by establishing children day care centre Klub Przyjaciół Reksia for children aged from 1 to 3.

Project duration: 01.11.2012 – 31.10.2014

Klub Przyjaciół Reksia was opened on the 2nd of January 2013

The project’s participants:  20 parents/legal guardians, citizens of Bialystok and its surrounding area, re-entering the job market after a parental leave.

The rules governing the centre:

  1. the cost of a child’s stay (including catering) is mostly financed from the European Union funds;
  2. a wide range of educational activities is offered:
  • foreign language classes (English, French and Russian);
  • music appreciation classes with the elements of music therapy;
  • arts and crafts classes with the elements of art therapy;
  • speech therapy classes.

Some of the classes involve elements of dog-assisted therapy.

The children day care centre has been equipped and accommodated in accordance with the Act of 04 February 2011 on Child Care of Children Aged up to 3 Years Old and the Ordinance of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy on Premises and Sanitary Requirements of Nurseries and Children Day Care Centres. Klub Przyjaciół Reksia has been entered to the Register of Children Day Care Centres in the Municipal Office in Bialystok.

Admissions are open throughout the entire year.

Admission documents are available at http://klubreksia.pl/rekrutacja

Overseas Behaviour Workshop in Bialystok

On the 26th and 27th of September 2012 we were pleased to host Steve Goward from the British dog welfare charity Dogs Trust.
This partner project was designed to train people who work for the welfare of dogs in shelters across Poland.
The trainees learnt how to recognize, prevent and solve dogs’ behavioural problems.
Practical classes  were carried out in the Animal Shelter in Bialystok.
Watch media news about Overseas Behaviour Workshop in the Media tab.
Thoughts and conclusions from the workshop were presented at the 14th International Companion Animal Welfare Conference in Greece.

The 2nd Decybelek family picnic

On the 23rd of May 2012 dogs working for Psi Uśmiech Charity took part in an integration meeting of children with hearing loss and their families organized by the Association of Parents, Therapists and Friends of Children and Juveniles with Hearing Loss “Decybelek”. Municipal Kindergarten no. 55 with Integrated Classes in Bialystok hosted the event. This amazing project could be organized thanks to the support of the Regional Centre of Social Policy in Bialystok.

 

Dogs and Children in Kinderplaneta kids club again – dog-assisted activities for kids

On the 25th of April 2012 Kinderplaneta kids club hosted a dog-assisted workshop for parents and their children (from 3 to 9 years old). This time we tried to encourage children to clean up their dogs waste. As always, the classes were great fun to all. The classes were carried out by the instructors from Psi Uśmiech Charity. The dogs trained to work with children were the main attraction of the event. What’s more, the participants could enjoy Kinderplaneta’s playground.

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Together – more, better, happier…

Psi Uśmiech Charity took part in the Project called Together – more, better, happier… co-financed by the President of the City of Bialystok. The Charity members provided a series of dog-assisted classes to support pupils from Primary School no. 11 in Bialystok who are at risk of social exclusion.

 

A series of free of charge meetings with experts

Psi Uśmiech Charity together with Coalition of Support for Disabled People organized a series of the free of charge meetings with experts.

The schedule of the meetings:

12.03.2012 – Medical and psychological reports for educational purposes. Alina Papasz from Psychological and Pedagogical Counselling Centre no. 1 in Bialystok.

26.03.2012 – Allowances and Entitlements for disabled children and youth within the pension and disability insurance scheme. Bogumiła Ławniczak, a psychologist and consultant from the Social Insurance Institution.

23.04.2012 – Support Group for Parents of Disabled Children and Teenagers.

07.05.2012 – Forms of support offered by the State Fund for Rehabilitation of Handicapped People. Grażyna Bogdańska –  the State Fund for Rehabilitation of Handicapped People, Podlasie Region branch.

Coordinators of the meetings: Gabriela Drwięga, Zofia Pietruczuk – Psi Uśmiech Charity.

 

Dogs and Children – dog-assisted activities for children

On the 27th of October 2011 Kinderplaneta kids club and web portal Miejsca Dzieci organized workshops for parents and children (from 3 to 8 years old). The children could learn how to behave around dogs and how to take care of them. The classes were carried out by the instructors from Psi Uśmiech Charity. What’s more, the participants could enjoy Kinderplaneta’s playground.

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Active for the Society – project co-financed by the President of The City of Bialystok

A series of 4 meetings was organized to raise awareness about the problems and benefits related to dogs being present in the urban space. The knowledge and skills we shared will help the audience reconcile the interests of dog owners with those who are not exactly dog fans. We taught how to prevent the most common problems dog owners face. Those who have already had any troubles with their dogs could learn how to understand them better. We showed dog opponents what laws are in force in the city, including laws and duties binding dog owners.
The project was a great opportunityfor the participants to voice their opinions and problems related to the topic of dogs in the city. Our aim was to work out solutions which would satisfy both groups.

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