Project information

The 'Silvia' Day Centre.

The Day Centre already offers unique educational opportunities to children with special educational needs. The interior renovation of the existing building and the construction of a new purpose built education block would provide a great opportunity to offer care to more children in the local area.

May 2011 - May 2012

Charity information

Haven in Romania

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  • Need


    The space occupied at present is proving insufficient to meet the complex needs of the different age groups where we need to provide separate classrooms and space for 1:1 work. We need to provide a lifeskills room for older students and space for socialisation together with adequate kitchen, toilet, showering and outside play spaces. We have a waiting list of children wishing to attend the centre and at present cannot move forward to provide adequate facilities for the older child.


    The building of a new facility would provide a great opportunity to move forward the work already achieved by the staff at the centre. The provision of education in a purpose built school, designed to optimise the teaching/learning environment will maximise the opportunities for growth and development for each child enabling some to transfer to local mainstream schools or remain at the centre throughout their educational careers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    For the younger child a curriculum focussed on language/speech/self-care/academic skills and play.


    » Provide an individual learning plan tailored to the child's strengths. Meet regularly with parents to discuss progress and set new targets.

    Success will be seen through the child's ability to communicate and socialise and if appropriate transfer to mainstream education.

    Aim 2

    For the older child a curriculum based on independence and academic skills/self care/socialisation.


    » Provide opportunities to link into the community. Establish work on supported employment and providers of accommodation and support for young persons.

    Success will be seen through the young person's ability for self-care and the encouragement of the community to include young people in some practical and community-based work.

    Aim 3

    Build closer links with local mainstream schools.


    » We have already provided seminars on autistic spectrum disorder and Downs Syndrome to professionals and will provide training to schools in the area.

    Success will be seen through regular contact with professionals from local schools through seminars,training and visits from experts from the UK.

    Aim 4

    To find professionals within Romania who can support staff and provide additional expertise.


    » Establish links with other professional organisations and charities in Romania and research best practice from other European countries.

    Success will be measured by the acceptance of all organisations to work together sharing both knowledge and expertise either by visiting the centre or networking via the internet.

  • Impact


    Whilst acknowledging that children and young people with special educaitonal needs require specialist teaching approaches and facilities, the school's aims for students are the same as for any other child - to optimise the individual's learning, sense of self worth and independence. We hope to demonstrate this by working alongside the local community and make excellent education a reality for many more children with disabilities in the locality.


    Provided the charity receives the correct level of funding and support the risks are minimal. At this present time there does not seem to be any indication that central government or local government will introduce special needs assistants into the state education system therefore there will undoubtedly be a need for our unique and specialised education in the foreseeable future as there is nowhere else for these children to be educated.


    Funders of this project will receive regular email reports from staff at the centre and practitioners from the UK who regularly visit the centre to support staff and ensure appropriate goal planning and best use of resources available.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £388,238

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      Amount Heading Description
      £340,565 Basic investment Construction and equipment which includes refurbishment of the present building at £38,000.
      £47,673 Land permissions/Utilities etc Land permissions/provision of utilities/engineering and technical assistance/commissions and taxes
  • Background


    The existing building, on the outskirts of the town, was previously a place of worship and in 2006 was repaired and renovated to become the Silvia Day Centre. The proposed new build is on land adjacent to the existing building and is the property of Piatra Neamt municipality. It has been transferred without charge for the whole life of the new construction It is in a residential area and a new shopping mall has recently been erected nearby.


    The children and young people with learning disabilities and their immediate families will be the main beneficiaries from this project however the building could also be utilised for social functions in the future particularly those relating to young adults.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity has worked with the community in Piatra Neamt for the past 20 years. We are well known and respected in the area which has been demonstrated by the local council's donation of this land. The charity's volunteers include experts in the field of autism and other more complex learning disabilities who regularly visit Romania to work with and support staff. We have the involvement of the local university who send students on a work study programme.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs. Doina Tifrea

    Mrs.Tifrea is the Manager of the centre. She is a motivated, caring and intelligent lady who understands the complex needs of our children.

    Dr. Maggie Anderson

    Dr. Anderson specialises in mentoring children with autistic spectrum disorder. Her knowledge and expertise is invaluable to our work in Romania.