Project information

Children's Hospice Summer Respite Centre, Minsk

Young people under the care of the Belarusian Children's Hospice can enjoy respite together at the summer camp in the countryside. This gives the children and their carers a break. The camp opens in June for 10 weeks and is run by staff and volunteers, some that are from Cardiff that we provide.

June 2016 - August 2016

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  • Need


    Disabled young people in Belarus rarely spend time outdoors or with other people. The camp can allow them to socialise while being cared for. This gives their full time carers a much needed break too.


    We will provide as much money as we can towards the running costs of the camp, that is around £20,000 a year. We also provide around 30 volunteers over the course of the summer to help care for the children and run the camp. Volunteers all give their own time and money to volunteer so that all our fundraising efforts can go towards the running costs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To open the camp in 2016 and allow up to 100 young people and their families respite.


    » Fundraising- many events and grant applications during the year to try and raise the funds needed to run the camp.
    » Volunteer project- to recruit and train 30 volunteers to help care for the children.

    What success will look like

    The camp will open for 10 weeks, with up to 100 children and families from Belarus getting respite and up to 30 Welsh young volunteers gaining valuable life skills by volunteering.

  • Impact


    The camp has been opening for 10 years, with each year more people volunteering and therefore more families in Belarus benefiting. We want to expand the camp to allow more young people to enjoy the camp plus allow more young people to volunteer. The camp allows stigmas that surround disability in Belarus to be challenged as well as providing vital respite for families of life limiting children. Also the camp allows young people in Belarus to engage with volunteering and encourage understanding.


    The project is well established and has been developed over 10 years. The Hospice organises all aspects of the running of the camp, including risk assessments, recruitment of staff, Belarusian volunteers and the decisions on children in each group. The volunteers that are provided from Wales are fully trained and prepared by our large and experienced team and all risks and eventualities are managed by many different methods. The current team have managed 115 volunteer placements.


    We have a very young and active team, we are very active on many social media outlets and provide regular updates throughout the year. As well as regular newsletters and a report at the end of each summer for all our supporters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,212

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,500 Food For all children, volunteers and staff that will attend the camp for all 5 sessions.
      £1,700 Managers Salary 5 group managers, 1 for each group, have a salary of £340
      £1,382 Nurse and Vol-Co Salary 4 nurses and 4 Volunteer Coordinators, one of each for groups 2-5, have a salary of £164 and £134
      £1,410 Cooks Salary 5 cooks, 1 for each group, have a salary of £282
      £888 Administrator's Salary An administrator is employed all year to oversee all logistics/supplies etc at £74 a month
      £852 Caretaker salary A caretaker is employed all year to take care of the site, salaried at £71 a month
      £1,480 Domestic costs Fire alarm testing, Disposal of waste, Electricity, Laundry, household supplies
      £1,000 Fuel and driver costs Costs to drive children, volunteers, staff and supplies, to and from the camp all summer
  • Background


    The summer camp is approximately 100 KM outside of Minsk, the capital city of Belarus. It is situated in a beautiful countryside village called Zabrodia, on the edge of a forest.


    Young people and families under the care of the Belarusian Children's Hospice will get respite and the chance to spend time as children, with others in similar situations. Often this is the only time in the year that these children spend time outdoors. Young people from Wales will have the life changing experience of volunteering at the camp, building multiple skills and improving international understanding.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 24 years of experience with the Belarusian Children's Hospice and the families under its care. We have 10 years experience of this project, having been a major sponsor, plus the biggest contributor of volunteers, involved in the strategic planning and development of the project on the whole in that time.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bethan Powell

    Bethan is the Chair of Trustees and coordinates our team in fundraising efforts and volunteering, both in the UK and when in Belarus.