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Our Mission & Vision

‘Sunflowers in York’ helps Ukrainian refugee children and families to settle and thrive in York by providing emotional health and well-being activities and support.

Our team of experienced Ukrainian teachers and psychologists believes that children’s emotional health is essential to their education, quality of life and ability to process change and trauma.

The recent invasion of Ukraine has displaced over 4 million children. Most of them have  experienced disrupted education and are separated from their families – their brothers, fathers and grandfathers who have stayed behind to fight or have been lost to violence.

What We Do

Sunflowers Kids Club

Run a Kids Club for Ukrainian refugee children – a safe space for learning, socialising and enhancing well-being.

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the club

Run a Kids Club for Ukrainian refugee children, providing a safe space for learning, socialising and enhancing well-being. 

The Club’s activities and provision are delivered by a team of Ukrainian teachers and psychologists and a local nursery chain ‘Little Green Rascals’.

The unique environment, with Ukrainian native culture and language provides familiar and therapeutic environment for children.

 

Schools support

Provide emotional well-being support and advice for Ukrainian children in schools in groups and on one-to-one

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support

Provide emotional well-being support and advice for Ukrainian children in schools in groups and on one-to-one:

• Workshops for schools on cultural awareness and support for Ukrainian refugee children delivered by Ukrainian professionals with experience of working with children in UK.

• Individual mentoring and consultations for children who need extra support with their mental and emotional health.

English hosts workshops

Support Ukrainian refugee families and their Englihs hosts through workshops and tailored consultations.

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workshops

Support Ukrainian refugee families and their English hosts through workshops and tailored consultations.

The workshops will provide information and advice to develop cultural awareness about Ukraine, Ukrainian mentality and customs.

These group and family unit sessions will also provide support in enhancing relationships and mutual understanding between English sponsors and their guests, helping them through this transition.

Interpreting support

Interpreting during the group and individual sessions for Ukrainian children and carers (i.e. schools, GR surgeries)

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interpreting

Interpreting during the group and individual sessions for Ukrainian children and their carers (i.e. schools, GR surgeries)

Where We Are

Stories of Ukrainian Families

News

Our Christmas Card

Our Christmas Card

We are honoured to be asked to provide a card for York City of Sanctuary charity this year! These beautiful cards have been created by Anhelina Yangulova as part of the Christmas card competition in our Kids Club. Anhelina, age 12 is not only a talented artist but...

The Importance of Play and Lego

The Importance of Play and Lego

When Ukrainian families come to our club, they spend 2 hours here. The first hour is dedicated to free play and lunch, the second hour contains structured group sessions, like art, mindfulness, music, dance and others. We have been running with this format now for 6...

Our Adventure to the Seaside

Our Adventure to the Seaside

This weekend our whole Sunflowers Kids Club : kids, their parents and grandparents  had a trip to Filey. About 80 people! For most, it was their first trip to the English seaside! The idea came from one of the Club’s supporters, James Bishop, who wanted Ukrainian kids...

Sunflowers Kids Club Launch Event

Sunflowers Kids Club Launch Event

On 1 July Sunlowers Kids Club celebrated it’s opening. This children’s club has been established in York by Lena Henderson a Mindfulness Educator by profession, to support and enhance the emotional well-being of Ukrainian refugee children and their carers.The Club...

Club is getting ready for opening!

Club is getting ready for opening!

We have been very busy in the last couple of months setting up the club. Now we are pleased to announce that we have an amazing team of talented Ukrainian professional teachers and psychologists, as well as other professionals who helped us to set up the club.  The...

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Sunflowers in York

Organisation that supports Ukrainian refugee children in York

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