The charges of the foundation stay in the recreation centre in Wisła for two weeks for free. Depending on their needs, the foundation operates rehab and educational programmes or organises camps for the charges of primary schools, community youth centres or therapeutic groups. Each year, nearly 1,100 children from all over Poland participate in 22 camps.
Current information about Smile Camps is available on Facebook.
ING Voluntary Services Programme
This programme of the ING for Children Foundation is to foster the development of local communities and employee engagement. Volunteers deliver their projects with the financial assistance of the foundation and partnering with non-governmental organisations as well as municipal and commune social welfare centres.
Every employee is entitled to 8 hours of working time to be used for voluntary activities. In 2016, volunteers participated in local initiatives for 4,215 hours. They delivered over 60 projects all over Poland. Those included projects under the Good Idea subsidy contest, ad-hoc and blood donation initiatives.
Current information about the Voluntary Services Programme is available on Facebook.
Between 2005 and 2010, the foundation supported the programme “Accompanied by the Lion”. It was mainly intended to promote bibliotheraphy, i.e. a therapy with the use of adequately prepared texts or books.
Two books were published on the initiative of the Bank: “Lucjan, the Lion One of Its Kind” and “Alien”.
- Lucjan, the Lion One of Its Kind is a book for children suffering from oncological diseases. It teaches children how to overcome difficulties, tame the fear and tells them about the power of friendship.
- Alien – addressed to the families with autistic children. The story helps to understand difficult behaviours and shows how to look for support in a specialist therapy. The book was published in cooperation with the Synapsis Foundation.
Each year, the books are sent to a few thousand of younger and older readers. The books were written by Roksana Jędrzejewska-Wróbel. The graphic design is by Joanna Jung.
Both publications are available in the electronic version at www.ingdzieciom.pl.
ING Internet Clubs
Between 2005 and 2013, the ING for Children Foundation opened internet clubs in places where children and teenagers had limited access to the internet. The foundation ensured computers, software and together with social partners adapted the premises. Internet clubs were helpful in doing day-to-day school and extracurricular tasks.
Social objectives pursued by the internet clubs:
- development of information society,
- educational help in school and extracurricular tasks.
There are 30 internet clubs across Poland.
See the list of the ING for Children Foundation internet clubs (as at 31.12.2016):
- dolnośląskie (Mieroszów)
- lubelskie (Łysołaje, Żeszczynka)
- lubuskie (Bledzew)
- łódzkie (Pabianice, Wilamów)
- małopolskie (Olkusz, Tarnów, Kraków)
- mazowieckie (Jelonki, Warszawa - two clubs, Warka)
- podkarpackie (Rzeszów)
- podlaskie (Kuźnica, Narew)
- śląskie (Katowice, Wisła, Bielsko-Biała, Bytom, Ruda Śląska, Świętochłowice, Zabrze - two clubs, Piekary Śląskie, Zawiercie, Bojszowy),
- świętokrzyskie (Mąchocice Kapitulne)
- zachodniopomorskie (Szczecin, Koszalin)