support and non-formal education program for children (aged 7-17 years
Be as good as you can
St. Anthonys Day Centre
work with children, teenagers and youth from
the families who experience social exclusion. Participants gather daily
from Monday to Thursday during a school year, except for holidays and
feast days. On Fridays, weekends, feasts and holidays we organize
outings, excursions, retreats and other activities.
After the school Day Centre participants come to the parish house of
the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary parish (Vilnius street 2,
Kretinga). About 25-30 children participate in the programme. A variety
of workers and volunteers constantly work with them. Here children do
their homework, make order, learn and gain household and housework
skills. Children participate in arts, handiwork, drama, playing guitar,
discussion, consultation and art therapy activities.
Yearly we organize camps for the children, outings to the films and
theatres, retreat weekends, excursions and actions. Children for our
Day Centre are recommended by various schools from Kretinga district,
Social service centre, Childs rights protection office and other
Day Centre workers evaluate the possibilities, gather the necessary
data, documents and permit participation in the activities.
Families whose children attend Day Centre receive support with food and
clothing as well as they are being visited by the workers of the centre
and receive consultations in the day centre.
The workers and volunteers working in the programme participate in
various consultation seminars, teachings and retreats. Workers and
volunteers in their work are being consulted by professional
counsellors from cooperating organizations.
Projects and programmes run by us
Support with food and clothing
We give it to the people who need social support: having low income,
homeless, long-term or short-term unemployed, having low income and
many children families, etc.
Distributing collected handouts.
Joint activity project being carried out in five Day Centres of
Lithuania is devoted for the parents whose children are attending day
centre, for the training of the parents, for their consultations,
requalification and their integration back to work.
Project for the work with parents Integration to the labour market of
the families, experiencing social exclusion, whose children are
attending Day Centre
Renovation and construction works of the building intended for
multifunctional activities of St. Anthonys Day Centre
Aim of the project. To create and adapt the building for the work of
Day Centre with children and family, charitable hygiene centre and
laundry, soup-kitchen and other support activity, community
Goals. Building renovation works; equipment of the building and
installation of the communal lead-ins; preparation of the building for
the implementations of the activities.
Project A Big Friend for Each Child
Program Big Brothers, Big Sisters
What is this?
It is one of the oldest, most known and most effective programs in the
world designed to help the children. It is unique in that its success
is secured by steady friendship of a child and a volunteer, special
preparation of the volunteer and professional supervision of the
friendship of a child and the volunteer.
Mission. Mission of
the program is spreading by a personal, voluntary help of a grown up to
the child in Kretinga, Lithuania and in the whole world.
The essence of the project. Children need the presence of a person, who
would listen to them, understand them, support them and would teach,
how to behave in various life situations. In the project A Big Friend
for Each Child such people become volunteers Big Friends.
Professionally supervised friendship of a grown up and a child aged
from 7 to 14 years old, helping for the child to strengthen, to become
more self-confident, to communicate to other friendly and to learn to
take care of oneself and those around.
Participation in the project. The participants of the project are a Child (Small Friend), Parents/Foster-parents and Volunteer (Big Friend).
Rules and obligations.
Friendship of a child and a volunteer proceeds according to the rules.
Their friendship is professionally supervised and helped to be friends
by the help of the project coordinators.
Course of the project.
We are selecting volunteers and participants, there are being organized
8 seminar teachings for volunteers, according to the separate program;
after that we start creating friendships, which are based on the
agreement of the parents and a child and are confirmed by a contract
according to the rules of the program.