Got a Question? Here’s An Answer!
DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK RUSSIAN TO HOST OR SUPPORT A CHILD?
No! Often the children that come to the UK for respite holidays have a limited understanding of English. We quickly find other ways of communicating - Google translate is an excellent aid and the children travel with a teacher from Belarus whom is fluent in English. If all else fails pictures and miming works well! It's amazing how adaptable we all become and this is part of the fun. A few of the group have started to learn the language but this is not a requirement of joining the link :)
DO I NEED TO HAVE A SPARE BEDROOM TO HOST?
No. The children can share a bedroom with your own children as long as they are the same sex. They do however have to be offered their own bed and suitable space for their belongings. If you wished to host more than one child a bed would be needed for each child and they can only share a room if they are the same sex. We have several host families that look after more than one child during their stay in Sheffield. Some share bedrooms, whilst others have seperate rooms.
I CAN'T HOST BUT WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN THE CHILDRENS VISIT TO SHEFFIELD, WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?
We are always looking for support families / individuals to help the charity during the children's stay in Sheffield. These individuals do not need to have the space for children to sleep at their homes but instead be happy to help with transporting them to and from events or take care of them for a day whilst the host is unavailable.
Hosting and supporting the children during their stay is one of the most rewarding activities you can do; we always say it's tiring but incredibly fun and for one month you're part of the 'link family'. Contact us if you’d like to know more about Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Sheffield Link, what we do, or how to get involved.