At the Workshop for creative social inclusion "Sunduk" (‘a chest’) young people with special developmental needs acquire skills of artisans and artists reaching greater maturity through socializing and teamwork.Let's help together!
by understanding, sympathy and assistance
The Workshop for creative social inclusion "Sunduk" is a project providing daytime employment with close support for people with special developmental needs who do not fit in standard market relationships, though, otherwise able to find their true selves in a team working in different forms of crafts and arts.
The Workshop has operated since 2013. Initiators of the projects are parents, the members of Interregional public organization «Дорога в мир» (The Road to the World) established in order to help children with special psychological needs and their families.
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We learn pottery, sewing, felting, looming and other crafts.
Teamwork along with close social and psychological
support brings excellent outcomes.
The main instruments for social adaptation:
Apprenticeship in pottery, sewing and looming generates motivation for teamwork. We endeavour to help each of our workers master and enjoy a range of different skills.
Together we endeavour to study the “real life situations” which we enter working at our workshop. We have neither “bosses” nor “subordinates”, for we are called to learn from one another.
Trainings with a psychologist are held to reveal personal interests and preferences of the participants; they help to restore and obtain knowledge, shape personal attitudes and develop the sense of belonging to the community.
We are open and ready to learn and share our experience.
In 2013, we wrote “The Handbook for assistants working at daytime employment arrangements for people with intellectual disabilities”.
The work at the workshop structures everyday life of people with intellectual disabilities, and, what is more, gives them an experience of adulthood, sharing and interaction with one another.
In the atmosphere of enthralling activities ‘special’
workers can constantly learn something new, being totally taken in by the
However their participation is not confined to work only. One of the most important features of the workshop is Event Planning which is done by the disabled people in collaboration with their assistants and specialists. Thus, they can work out how to earn money to go to a café, to the theatre, on excursion or to buy some sweets for the guests that are invited for tea.
We learn and learn to understand and respect one another.
We put in a lot of efforts to instil the atmosphere of friendship, genuine relationships and mutual help in our small team, for each one of us is irreplaceable and must know it. We all need it!
We are accountable for every cent you have given away to our workshop. The lion’s share goes on rent of rooms and wages for the specialists; the rest is spent on consumables and instruments.
However ‘help’ does not only mean ‘money’, it is also participation, cooperation and simply understanding. If our Workshop has interested you, please write us and we will answer. Perhaps, we can do something together!
We would like to share with you the digital versions of our printed books issued in the framework of the project The Library of “Our Ark”.
Parents’ organization “The Road to the World” was among the initiators of this book series and since 2014 – due to circumstances – has been a sole publisher of the series.
Vice-president of the Interregional public organization helping children with intellectual and verbal difficulties and their families “Doroga v mir”, an expert of Coordination Council for the disabled people and other persons with impairments of vital functions at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and the Public Council ‘18+’ at the Department for Social Security of Moscow. The developer and co-author of “The Handbook for assistants working at daytime employment arrangements for people with intellectual disabilities.” (Beilezon S.V. Petrovskaya N.P., Moscow, ‘Doroga v mir’, 2013). Coordinator of the book series The Library «Our arc»
A psychotherapist, psychology educator, children psychologist and neuropsychologist; the developer and author of “The Handbook for assistants working at daytime employment arrangements for people with intellectual disabilities.” The author of articles in both Russian and foreign publications. A participant in All-Russia and international conferences in cognitive research, including learning difficulties.
A teacher of psychology and yoga. A participant of the First Moscow International conference, “Autism: challenges and solutions” and various ecological programs.
A pottery artist and member of Moscow Union of Artists, the division of decorative and applied arts (AKHDI). Anna has a professional experience in working with the people with intellectual developmental impairments. A participant of art exhibitions in Moscow, Anna develops programs for children in art history, arts and pottery being also a musician in an orchestra and an educator.
Graduation at the department of psychology MNPU and the department of ecotourism. Anastasiya is experienced in working with special people sharing graciously her knowledge with others.
A fashion designer (costumes). Received additional training as a sewer, designer, modeler, special graphic artist and a painter. Yana participated in the project “Butterfly” implemented by business-laboratory FashionTechnologies in collaboration with charity foundation “The Lifeline”.
Graduated from department of arts at Pedagogical University, educator and artist. Since 2014 Alexandra is receiving a second tertiary education as an artist.
Please, write us. We are ready to get in touch and cooperate with all who needs help and who can help.
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We are most grateful to Leasing company “TransFin-M”, which, despite all the difficulties, helps our workshop to rent the rooms.
Most of the ‘special’ workers at the Workshop SUNDUK received their first invaluable experience of social inclusion – from programs for children to the employment at adaptive workshops – at Moscow Centre for Therapeutic Pedagogy.
Our ‘special’ workers received their basic professional skills at the Centre for Social Adaptation and Professional Training at Moscow Technological college #21 (a joint project of Moscow Centre for Therapeutic Pedagogy and the Moscow Department of Education). We are grateful to all our teachers and would like to continue our work for the benefit of our society.
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