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The Tartan Army Childrens Charity will be continuing its Ambassadorial role during the Euro Qualifying campaign by supporting children’s charities in the countries in which our national team plays.
At our first match in Dortmund, Germany on September 7th TACC will be making a donation of £5,000 to “Off Road Kids” (ORK) who for 20 years have been actively working to provide refuge and support for children, as young as 12 years old, who have become homeless due to negligence, ill-treatment and abuse, and who live by begging, prostitution and petty theft. To date ORK estimate that over 3,000 children have been rehabilitated back into society in safety and with confidence.
Off Road Kids has a network across the major German cities and established their programme in Dortmund in 2005. The Countrywide Street Social Work network enables ORK to engage with “runaways”, many from rural communities, as early as possible and avoid them slipping from one urban centre to the next.
A complete spectrum of care and support is offered by ORK, initially with front line Street Social Workers who identify and engage with children in danger, recognising both the physical and psychological manifestations of their lifestyle brought on, and threatened by, illness, drugs, alcohol, violence and lack of opportunity. The need for security, advice, support, care and affection is tantamount to rehabilitate these youngsters.
$1· ORK’s qualified welfare support workers are able to offer personal attention, giuidance and assistance to the children to re-engage with an educational programme, medical assistance, employment opportunities or simply travel back to the parental home in safety. Many of these programmes are facilitated through partnerships with a suite of private enterprise benefactors and these have provided a momentum of positive change over the years.
$1· ORK also provide a 24/7 free-of-charge emergency number to all young people needing care. This enables ORK’s Street Social Workers to intervene more quickly.
$1· ORK has also set up a Parents Hot-line for parents whose children are threatening to run away (or have already done so), who are in contact with the street scene, or who have turned to prostitution. Well-experienced, qualified workers are available to support parents.
Young people who cannot find help in their families or in their home town youth welfare, can be given accommodation and assistance by the Residential Youth Group in the Black Forest area which offers intense care and support. In the Residential Youth Group children can start studying for their final school examinations or a professional training program of their choice. With the second children’s home provision is made for the intensive care of 18 children.
Professional support for the children is essential, and ORK’s staff receives tailored qualifications through cooperation at the Institute for Pedagogic Management (IfPM), which is a joint project between with the University of Berlin and ORK.
TACC are delighted to be able to support this nationwide programme of successful multi-functional support for some of the country’s most vulnerable children.
You can help us support this great initiative by making sure you get your TACC away t-shirt for the game, all profits go to our charitable activities.