Charitable foundation for support of social unguarded people «Helping each other» (PDD) was established in 2007 as a continuation of the UK charity St Gregory’s Foundation’s and Russian volunteers’ social work with vulnerable groups of population in St Petersburg and Karelia regions, started back in early 1990s.
PDD targets, mainly, at four groups of people:
- children and teenagers with different kinds of disabilities (multiple, motor etc.) and their families,
- adults with motor disabilities;
- children and teenagers from social risk groups: orphanage-leavers and young families in which parents are orphanage-leavers, teenagers from economically and socially disadvantaged families;
- families with very low income.
The PDD’s general aims are normalization of life of these socially vulnerable groups of population, development of human resources within these groups, and, in further perspective, building the groups’ self-support, active life attitudes, and self-development. The long-term goal is independence in everyday life and good quality of life of the families and people concerned.
In order to achieve the aims PDD does not provide help to individuals in a direct way, except a food programme for families with low income. Instead, it funds socially oriented NGOs’ programmes which provide systemwise support for these groups. Additionally, PDD actively supports the NGOs’ educational projects aimed at the relevant groups and different specialists working with these groups.
In its work PDD takes into consideration the world tendencies in the related support services, tries to adapt effective and relaible support methods and tools to local conditions, and to implement them into the local services’ work. The examples of such efforts are an assistive technologies programme for children with multiple and motor disabilities and promotion of physical therapy and occupational therapy in rehabilitation services for people with disabilities on different levels.
Besides funding, PDD carries out an overall assessment and financial control of the programmes.