The Social Insurance Board recognised support service providers
Last week, at a virtual recognition event held at the Viru Conference Centre within the framework of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Social Insurance Board presented letters of thanks to 17 outstanding support persons and babysitters of severely and profoundly disabled children, and 13 organisations active in the field.
Eve Liblik , Head of the Child Protection Department of the Social Insurance Board, thanked the service providers who do their work with heart, professionalism and dedication. ‘Thanks to your support and help, children can participate in hobbies and education, attend rehabilitation services, and thanks to you, they cope much better with everyday activities. Without a doubt, families also feel that your contribution is of great value. It is a job that requires great commitment, the ability to listen, the ability to be balanced, empathetic, friendly, open, patient, trustworthy and positive’, she said.
This year, the Social Insurance Board recognized 17 support persons and babysitters all over Estonia:
- Ave Toomjõe, support person at Foundation Perekodu
- Cathy Ojaste, support person at the Tallinn Family Center
- Ene Sepp, support person at the Foundation Haapsalu Hoolekandekeskus
- Eva Vipper, support person at the Keila Social Center
- Häli Salong, support person at the Kuressaare Perekodu Foundation
- Inge Koorits, support person at the Agrenska Foundation
- Jaanika Song, babysitter at the Pärnu Children and Youth Support Centre
- Julia Konovalova, babysitter at the Tallinn Children’s Home
- Kaisi Õispuu, support person at the Kuressaare Perekodu Foundation
- Ülle Soolo-Tõnisalu, babysitter at Foundation Perekodu
- Karin Kerro, babysitter at Murzi Lapsehoid OÜ
- Liana Marhel, support person at MTÜ Puuetega Laste Tugikodu Päikesekiir
- Ljudmila Alekseeva, support person at the Tallinn Family Center
- Rita Väster, support person at Foundation Perekodu
- Triinu Ruusmaa, support person at the Tallinn Family Center
- Velli Kask, support person at the Nursery Schools of Anija Rural Municipality
- Ülle Valgemäe, support person at OÜ Jõgevamaa Tugiteenused
In addition to the recognition of outstanding support persons and babysitters, all of the long-term partners of the Social Insurance Board in providing support services were also recognized. The Board recognised 13 organizations active in the field:
- EELC Diaconal and Social Work Foundation
- Hiiumaa Social Centre
- Foundation Perekodu
- MTÜ Puuetega Laste Tugikodu Päikesekiir
- OÜ Varajase Kaasamise Keskus
- Foundation Haapsalu Hoolekandekeskus
- MTÜ Virumaa Tugiteenused and MTÜ Tapa Lastekaitse Ühing
- Pärnu Children and Youth Support Centre
- OÜ Ridiradiralla
- Kuressaare Perekodu Foundation
- Tallinn Family Center
- Tallinn Children’s Home
- OÜ Sverresson
Ebeli Berkman, Head of Support Services for Disabled Children at the Social Insurance Board, thanked the service providers with whom the development and provision of services across Estonia began five years ago. ‘The contribution by today’s service providers has been significant through all the years. I want to thank you for reaching every child and family in need of services, you have made incredible efforts to find the necessary service providers and you have been an important source of support for local governments’, she added.
The recognition event was preceded by a training event, which focused this year on a child’s healthy and safe sexual development. Dr. Kai Part gave a presentation on ‘Sex Education Based on the Standards of the World Health Organization’ and sex educator Rita Holm introduced the book ‘Sex Education in Simple Language’.
The European Social Fund project ‘Development and Provision of Support Services for Children with Severe and Profound Disabilities’ began in 2015 and will last until 2022. As of 1 January 2021, the organization of childcare, support persons and transport services for children with severe and profound disabilities will be fully transferred to local governments.
To date, more than 3000 children have received support through the Social Insurance Board, and the provision of support services has been supported in the total amount of more than EUR 28 million. More information on support services for children with disabilities can be found on the Board’s website.