24/05/2020

So much literature has been written about teenagers and their problems that there is enough for more than one library, and problems from generation to generation are still not solved. Leading psychologists, honored teachers - all offer solutions, answers and, moreover, who help solve psychological problems of teenagers, in practice often can not cope even with their children. Why is this happening?

11/05/2020

Do you remember Sveta, who came with Pelagia to our center when the quarantine started? Do you remember Sveta with her changeable state and unwillingness to go to school, with her mental development and inability to comply with the norms of behavior accepted in society?

19/04/2020

It is no secret that it is inconvenient, difficult, and sometimes even scary to change your usual way of life abruptly.  All residents of our country have faced such unpredictable obstacles: workers, teachers, the sick and healthy, children and their parents/guardians. And if we, adults, adapt to new conditions easier and faster, just because we are older and wiser, for our children this process is difficult and not fully understood.

14/04/2020

In February, a new boy, Ivan, came to the children's center. He is 7 years old. He lives with his mother and brother. His brother is 16 years old and for health reasons, he can’t be at home alone. The mother receives a small allowance for the eldest son and spends all the time with him. But, thank God, Vanya is doing well. He is in the first grade, loves to communicate and helps his mother. He walks the dogs with his mother and feeds them. They breed them for sale. And the money from selling are used for buying clothes and food. Vanya does not attend any clubs, because they need to be paid for, and there is no extra money in the family. Therefore, when Vanya found out about the children's center, he was happy to come to our events.

31/03/2020

Our work with teenagers is so diverse, unobtrusive and interesting for children that they don’t have a sense of freedom and comes to our classes with joy. Here they not only freely expresses their opinion, their views, but also listens to the opinions of peers and adults (employees and volunteers). Teenagers get additional skills and knowledge during master classes, get acquainted with the basics of the volunteer movement.

24/03/2020

The latest news of the "Bridge of Love", do not miss it! The situation around the world and, in particular, in Perm is unusual – we were forced to close the center for visiting children and prepare for summer projects. But in fact, everything turned out differently, and this is our story today.

04/03/2020

It's only two months away from school holidays. For a whole year, the children visited the center, learned to know and accept themselves, and also analyzed problems and ways out of them. The children come twice a week, but they really want to be more often in the children's center. We are considering the possibility of organizing a «summer Playground» for that, in order to get full results from our meetings, and to allow children to be in the camp for a whole month.

02/03/2020

Every Thursday from January to May, pupils of the “Ural farmstead” and pupils-volunteers of school № 133 discuss, think and create together. Children together with teachers explore what personal qualities of people are, what they can be positive and negative, and how they determine the individuality of each of us. Every meeting we remind the children what politeness and social norms are in communicating with others, why it is important to greet each other and look into the eyes of the interlocutor when you are greeting.

21/03/2020

It's been 10 years since Nastya came to the children's center. She was 16 years old. At that time she lived with her brother in a foster home and studied the first year in college. She wanted to become a teacher of additional education. But something didn't work out, she didn't handle studying, she skipped a lot of classes, she didn't pass the exams and was offered to go to another educational institution.

01/02/2020

The new 2020 started, so started the long-awaited winter holidays! On the holidays the kids went to the ice-ring, took part in a cooking master class and watched a Christmas film. However, most of all the children like spending time in our center, communicating with the pedagogues, talking about themselves, about their dreams, discussing plans, sharing the joys and failures.

11/02/2020

In our center the children learn to be necessary, to communicate and just to be happy. This new year we save our old traditions. One of the main principles of our philosophy claims that every child is unique and we need to find a “key” to their heart. The stories of our kids are the chances to get to know the life of a certain little person, his/her family, thoughts and dreams. And we want to start the stories of our wonderful children telling you about Zakhar (the name is changed) who came to Russia from abroad. 

24/12/2019

​Dear colleagues, friends and everyone who has taken part in helping the children during the last 20 years! The team of our center expresses our gratitude for your help and support.

14/12/2019

What was the past year devoted to and what results gave our work with the growing generation?

28/11/2019

​Almost 20 years ago the 24-hour center for street children and children in difficult life circumstances was opened. We wanted to thank the founders of Love's bridge and prepared the video where the graduates told about their lives and shared their memories about the center.

11/11/2019

We want to share with you an important news: we’ve published our first written compilation of our long experience. Namely, the brochure on the outcomes of working on the last project “Outside of school: transforming teenage aggression into constructive activism”.

31/10/2019

Philosophical questions, existential worries and not children’s difficulties… All these topics appear during our know-how in working with teenage problems  - non formal, but well organized discussion “About serious with a cup of tea”.

16/10/2019

3rd October the children had a long-awaited meeting with an amazing, extraordinary man, a popular Scottish writer and story teller – Michael Kerins. This meeting was full of sincere smiles, interesting stories and our guest was asked a million questions about his job and culture.

02/10/2019

The beginning of the school year is a time of new discoveries, projects and, of course, planning. Our team is small, but our plans are great and ambitious! The focus of our attention still remains on the children and their needs. 

17/09/2019

3 years ago, we wrote about a boy who gathered bits and pieces from bikes in a garbage dump. He then put together a real bicycle and rode it. From 10 to 16 years old he was a regular participant of our programs. His younger brother (8 years old) and sister (10 years old) are now some of our regular visitors. We saw the girl on a local market. She was trying to sell two small bags of unripe apples. Of course, there were not many buyers. It was raining and windy outside and Vika, who was only wearing a thin sweater, got soaked.

31/08/2019

Another summer went by and another school year has begun for our participants. The children went to school and we are very happy that they are in a good mood, that they could have a good rest and gain strength for a new school year. What was the 3rd session devoted to and what was the main reason of holding it? In the beginning we were planning only two sessions, but when observing the children and their parents we saw a lot of negativity and aggression to each other.

14/08/2019

Our fund manager, Svetlana Kozlova, speaks openly about the conditions of our work and answers questions about why we still go on doing our activities.

01/08/2019

Almost 20 years ago, a foreign organization of volunteers called “Love’s Bridge” opened a day care center for children who lived on the streets. These guys still come to us: some of them to remember the childhood or for a piece of advice, the others – to share their joy. This year we suggested a get together for the graduates on a Saturday in August.

A year ago, this month our PR-manager, Valeria Smirnova, began working with us. Here, she shares with us her stories and testimonials. The moments where she says: “I’m proud of being a part of this team”. 

02/07/2019

What are basic human needs? What we cannot live without. The balance between sleeping and wakefulness, healthy, nutritious meals, at least 3 times a day and the feeling of internal safety. These are the three pillars of the healthy physical functioning of our body. The 2nd session of the summer camp held by Zaschita/Love’s Bridge helped the children to effectively recover from the hard academic year. It was not only thanks to the tasty and healthy meals, but also due to an atmosphere of total acceptance beyond gender, age, skin color or social status.

16/06/2019

Many years our center holds a summer camp. We do it for children who are not comfortable with staying at school summer camp with their classmates or children who haven’t found their friends yet. We often ride bicycles, learn the traffic rules, hold “day of health”, carry out the show of talents and had fun on the rides in the amusement park. One of the main events of the summer camp was a volunteer ecological activity in our city. We combined pleasant with the useful rising in children ecological consciousness and spending time in the open air. In this activity children fed birds, sprinkled pavements with gravel and, afterwards, eat tasty ice-cream!

03/06/2019

Summer finally came to Perm and it is time to recover after a hard school year as well as for new interesting meetings and impressions. The name of the camp reflects its main idea: every participant came a long way after searching good qualities in themselves of their implementation of volunteering. Then, all together they thought about how to develop their inner potential of kindness. As a result, we elaborated an easy, but effective formula: “Volunteering is a kindness in action”.

21/05/2019

A terrible accident similar to the tragedy in Columbine High School* happened in Perm last year. Two high school students armed with knives walked into a class of younger children. More than ten children were injured! It's not enough to say that the city was shocked. Everyone began to blame each other. But who is really guilty? Our fund manager, Svetlana Kozlova, told us in detail about our activity, aims and methods of work. Why is what we do essential for teenagers?

06/05/2019

A student called Roman, from the Psychological faculty of the Perm State University, did an internship in our organization. He wrote a wonderful review about this experience and we decided to share it with you.

Every year in our center we have a summer camp for children who can’t afford going to a countryside camp or a far-away vacation spot. Especially for these children, we are preparing a program which includes outings, swimming, going for rides in amusement parks and many other activities. Unfortunately, after making budget calculations, we realised that we don’t have enough finances to hold the summer camp. It’s the first time since many years that we can’t help children to get wholesome recreation. We appeal to you for assistance and ask everyone who care about these children’s lives to help us to hold at least one session of the summer camp.

Today we would like to share with you our spring news. This time we will tell you how we transmit our experience of working with teenagers to other specialists and organizations. For the last two months our team took part in 3 scientific-practical conferences as invited experts. Let us tell you more about each of them!

We were warned from the beginning: “This class is very difficult, get ready!” This is how it began when we met the new children from 7B. Today we would like to introduce you to Nastya, who is 13 years old and who lives with her grandparents. Nastya has a police and school record.

Every three months we have new teenagers arriving. They take part in all the events that we organize: trainings, mater classes and discussion of the most important topics. Last discussion was devoted to the ability and necessity to apologize. At first children found it very difficult, but very soon they could be proud of themselves!

09/01/2019

Today we would like to tell you about three children from the Poroshiny family, who are our regular guests. ​

The older brother, Evsey started visiting us when he was 10 years old, during a period of 5 years. He was one of those lucky kids who got a present from our sponsors – a bicycle. Now his brother, Alex, who is now 10 years old and Vicky, 8 years old, come to our center.

02/01/2019

“Hello! My name is Andrey. My mood is yellow today”. This is how we usually start getting acquainted with the new participants. Expressing one’s mental condition through a color is a form of diagnostic of how a person feels right now. The children get involved in the process with pleasure and the way we sit, with chairs in a circle, helps to create the feeling of unity between us. This is how our usual Saturday meetings begin.

24/12/2018

This beauty is in Scotland, at home of our dear friend – Michael Kerrins. This autumn we had a Skype conversation with him and with children from the school where he works. The Scottish kids made and demonstrated us wonderful postcards. It impressed our children so much that they also decided to send the Christmas postcards to Scotland! They tried their best and made the presents in a creative manner: every postcard is decorated with a Christmas stocking and two flags: Russian and Scottish.  

18/12/2018

For Christmas we would like to share with you a story of one family of three children who attend our center. The children live with their grandparents, not with their parents. They participate actively in the life of our center and we, in turn, help their grandchildren to develop harmoniously, to socialize, to interact with their peers and solve their private problems and concerns. In other words, we are trying to moderate and compensate their trauma as social orphans.

30/11/2018

Let’s talk about some serious issues. Aggression and its manifestation in the behaviour of teenagers has become normalised. Children communicate by pushing each other and by using hurtful nicknames instead of addressing each other by their names. This isn’t an individual tendency; this is the established behaviour among teenagers nowadays. That’s why we created a project with this complex name: “Outside of school: transforming teenage aggression into constructive activism”. This project is funded by the Fund of presidential grants, which is an essential addition to the general educational program of our teenagers.