Oct 15, 2020

"I am not alone"

Summer vacation usually means a lot of fun for kids. But for kids with parents suffering from alcohol or drug addiction school is an escape from an addictive environment. For such kids summer vacation is a challenge since they are stuck at home. This is where the Barnets Blå Hus fill the gap. The Barnets Blå Hus in Aalborg and Frederikshavn offered a lot of summer activities for kids and families. They welcomed vulnerable children into their community and gave them space to just be kids, have fun and build friendships with peers. Overall 2000 people participated at the summer activities! The broad offer of activities made it possible for every child to take part in something they liked. There were activities from going to Legoland, swimming, climbing, playing outside, doing handicrafts, playing mini golf and having a barbecue. But the absolute highlight was definitely the summer camp in Ønskeland. Staff, volunteers, kids and families altogether went on a one-week trip where they enjoyed the community and the activities.

 

Once schools in Denmark stared aigain the Barnets Blå Hus also opened their doors. Especially after the shutdown due to Covid-19 it was great to finally continue with the therapies and social activities. The Barnets Blå Hus aim to help vulnerable families by offering them individual and group therapies and social activities. For a lot of children growing up in families where they are surrounded by alcohol and drugs it is really important to see that they’re not alone in this. Rasmus for example is a young boy who attends the programs of the Barnets Blå Hus and told his story. Rasmus always felt alone dealing with alcohol related issues at home. Coming to the Barnets Blå Hus he realized that he wasn’t alone. He built friendships with kids who grew up in the same situation as him and he learned to talk about his situation at home.

 

The Barnets Blå Hus can only continue their wonderful work with your support. If you want to take part in changing the lives of vulnerable kids as Rasmus’ life, you are welcomed to help by a donation to this project. Thank you so much for your support. 

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Oct 14, 2020

Investing in the future of older people

There are 15 different Pilke groups which regularly meet up all over Finland. The Pilke groups are part of the Finnish Blue Ribbon. They organize professionally supervised activities for older drug users. Pilke groups provide a safe space for older people where they can talk about their addictions, build friendships and get help for their daily lives. Luckily the meetings were also held during Covid-time - just online. We are happy to announce that the virtual meetings can continue in fall. Finding creative ways during Covid-time older people are still able to be part of the Pilke groups and meet regularly via the Internet. Especially during this time of isolation and loneliness due to Covid it is really important to continue with the Pilke groups and support older people.

To ensure that the group members are well accompanied, Pilke groups need professional staff. That’s why between September and November Pilke Instructors are being trained. It’s amazing that the instructor trainings are full of participants! Pilke instructors are being educated in Southwest Finland and Vantaa and soon also in Heinola.  It’s great to have the capacity to invest in instructors, which are going to change the lives of older people suffering from drug addiction.

This is only possible by generous donors as you - thank you so much for your support!

Jul 28, 2020

Every tenth child experiences abuse in the family - new homes in Bla Hus in Aars

On 18 June 2020 the opening of new facilities in the children's house in Aars was celebrated.

The Child's Blue House in Aars helps children and adolescents from families with abuse. Now the house can help even more people.

Since the Children's Blue House Vesthimmerland opened its doors in 2016, each year they have helped between 30 and 40 children from families with alcohol or drug abuse. When a child comes into the house, there is help and therapy for the whole family, so the experiences around the abuse can be processed.

Until now, the staff of the house has worked under somewhat tight conditions, but now the new premises in Aars have been inaugurated, which means much better room for therapy and togetherness.

“It is a tremendous satisfaction for us, and for the families, that we are here today”, says S., who is head of the Children's Blue House Vesthimmerland at the opening.

The offer is part of the Blue Cross, and so far the target group has been 0-17 year olds and their families. This target group has now been extended to 0-20 years and there will be plenty of room to accommodate them all in the new premises.

“We must be able to accept more, and we will. We have hired two additional therapists this spring, so we are ready to receive people”, says S.

It is estimated that every tenth child experiences abuse in the family, and it is known that children of abusers are at greater risk of ending up in abuse, psychiatric treatment or suicide or suicide attempts. That is why it is important to get in early.

One of those who helped celebrate the dedication, and who himself has used the Child's Blue House, is P. from Tolstrup. She and her children lived with an alcoholic, and it left its mark on them all. When she heard about the Child's Blue House, she contacted them immediately and it provided the family with the help they needed to tackle and process the experiences.

“I hope someone will come and accept it, because it's such a good offer and it's a chance to move on in life”, she says.

We would like to thank you dear donors for your support. We are looking forward to go the way together! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 
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