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Hobby scholarship helps children to discover and develop their talents

A hobby is a simple and effective way to learn about yourself or to maintain your “me”. A hobby or activity is a good stress reliever that also gives you the opportunity to develop your abilities and realise them in new situations. At the same time, it broadens the mind and makes life more interesting and diverse.

A hobby boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Having a hobby and being passionate and excited about it makes us feel more confident in some situations because we do something better than our companions. A hobby helps to keep the negative emotions away and lets you dive into something gratifying, helping to create or maintain the necessary sense of happiness for a person.

Scholars' feedback

Aleksandr (16) writes that thanks to the hobby scholarship he could afford to buy competition clothing that he needed most this summer. The young man has been active in baseball for many years now. The coach is very pleased with Aleksandr, and this spring, the young man was able to take part in competitions held in Helsinki and Ukraine. Aleksandr says he has been to competitions in the past, but never to such a grand and important one. He adds that it was a good feeling to compete under the Estonian flag. He would not have been able to take part in those competitions without the special clothing. Aleksandr is very proud and happy to receive a hobby scholarship and do the sports he loves.

Silver (12) feels good after the swimming workout – he cannot imagine his life without it anymore. Silver goes to the training session with a friend. The educator confirms that thanks to swimming, Silver's back problems have been relieved. Training sessions have also contributed to socialisation: Silver communicates more with his mates of his age, knows his way around the neighbourhood and has learnt to tell the time; he now has a sense of responsibility, and a desire to move around and be active.

Daniel (17) applied for a scholarship to attend a training camp. Since Daniel is involved in cycling, he decided to also apply for a scholarship for a bike computer. At the camp, he trained six times a week and rested for a day. In the first half of the camp, he trained on flat land and in the second half of the camp, in the mountains, which, according to the young man, was much more difficult. Each training session lasted for about four hours, and during the days spent in the camp, Daniel cycled a total of 2,100 kilometres. Daniel is pleased to say that the bicycle camp was of great benefit to him since an intensive training session added stamina and strength.
The fund supported Daniel with 150 euros, and the boy contributed the rest of the amount needed himself. With the bike computer, he can now measure the speed, pulse, cadence and time, and keeps a training diary on the internet. Of course, it will all contribute to better results in the races.

Ivar (21) got himself a musical instrument. Today, he has already learnt several musical numbers. Practising the ukulele is now much more comfortable because this small musical instrument can always be taken along to the school, and it is easier to navigate in the public transport with the ukulele than with a guitar. Hence, the young man has been able to practise much more than in the past. This year, Ivar played some ukulele songs by a campfire on Midsummer Day. He was glad to have the chance to show his skills to the guests. It was a very nice experience. Ivar is proud of his new instrument.

Kevin Gerhard (19) bought training wear for the hobby scholarship. He can feel part of the group as Thai boxing requires special clothing he now owns. Kevin Gerhard feels that he now has better sporting opportunities, and believes that he will partake again next year because his favourite training session makes him happy.

Liis (10) is convinced that swimming workouts have helped her to be relaxed. The educator is also of the opinion that the girl is less stressful and has fewer conflicts with others. In the group for students with special educational needs, Liis receives the professional support and guidance she needs. Without the support from the hobby scholarship, it would have been hard to provide swimming for the girl since the family budget requires equal sharing between all children.

Randy (10) loves to go to swimming workouts and, in addition to swimming skills, the boy has made new friends. The educator writes that the participation of Randy in swimming workouts has balanced the boy's behaviour: being in the water reduces tensions, and in the evening, after the workout, Randy is very calm.

Meriliis (14) is happy that she can go horseback riding. She loves horses very much. The educator says that riding has developed Meriliis a lot, and broaden her mind. While previously the girl was lonely and did not want people close to her, riding therapy has removed her from isolation: now she is looking for human contact and communicating, and participating in activities for mates of her age. When horse riding, a smile, rarely seen at other times, often appears on the girl’s face.

Elari (12) and Kadri (11) could not swim before the swimming workouts. They have both been in danger of drowning. So, at first, the siblings did not trust letting go of the edge of the pool. However, the instructor was kind and supportive; now, Elari and Kadri are no longer scared of the water. They like to go to the swimming workouts and have also made new friends. The educator adds that Elari and Kadri are very close and supportive of each other. Elari wanted to quit swimming as he was afraid of the dark after the workouts ended, however, as recommended by the physiotherapist, swimming is very necessary for the boy, and when his sister Kadri also started swimming workouts, Elari finally had a companion. Now, both have made significant progress. The children’s posture has improved, they plan time better and are more confident moving around the city.

Raul (12) wanted to go swimming with his friends. The boy writes that he could swim before moving to a substitute home. Raul also believes that just hanging out at the house is boring.

Silvi (17) has been playing badminton for about six years. She knows that moving and exercising is important, but mostly likes to spend her free time just lying down and chatting with her friends on the phone, or read a book. To be more active, Silvi decided to start playing badminton. Now, she has an enjoyable commitment, because the game is fun and beneficial to health. She feels she is getting better with each practice day.

Madis (14) is glad to have received a scholarship from the non-profit association SEB Heategevusfond to support his hobby. Madis plays hockey. Ice hockey training is quite expensive, but thanks to the fund's support, the young man had the opportunity to practise his favourite game. The boy’s skills are developing well. So far, Madis has not been very persistent in experimenting with a variety of training sessions; the situation is different with ice hockey. The whole family is glad that Madis and hockey found each other.

Priit (12) writes that thanks to the hobby scholarship, he received a subscription to Digi magazine and headphones. The boy is extremely grateful because it is exciting to find out how life in the tech world is developing. Priit believes that without the scholarship, his world would be much poorer in terms of technical knowledge.

Jaanika (20) goes to the sports club for a training session. The initial problem was the fact that the sports club is located far from Jaanika’s dormitory – she has to travel on two buses to get to the training session. The scholarship contributed to Jaanika’s hobbies as it was the only way she could afford a monthly card. It was also great motivation for participating in training sessions, as it was no longer possible to use the distance as an excuse. She says that it is a good idea to go to a sports club because otherwise, she would spend time just doing nothing. Jaanika is grateful that she was granted with a scholarship, and that her activity, and that of the other young people, was noted and supported.

Karina’s (14) scholarship period was very successful. She learnt a lot and got new experiences. For example, in addition to the piano, she was able to learn the organ, and she really likes it. She is now much better at the piano. Karina’s grades were very good in the music school. Without the scholarship, it would have been uncertain whether Karina would have been able to go ahead with the music school at all.

Jaak (15) thanks the non-profit association SEB Heategevusfond who helped him to buy a new pair of running shoes. Jaak had the opportunity to try his new shoes out in spring as he attended athletics competitions abroad. The boy did well: he got a silver medal in running and the long jump. Home competitions have also been successful – and still with the same running shoes, which he was able to buy with the scholarship money. Thank you!

The hobby scholarship programme was created to support the hobby activities of children and young people and to promote healthy behaviour. The aim of the programme is to provide young people without parental care with opportunities more equal to those of others, to engage in hobbies, develop individually, and realise their talents.

In 2017, the number of hobby scholars totalled 71. Of these, 41 applied for an entry fee scholarship for a training session or a hobby group. Most of them were related to sports activities – football, basketball, ice hockey, kickboxing, taekwondo, swimming, athletics, floorball, horse riding, yoga, gym, BMX cycling.

The entry fee was also applied to participate in singing and dance lessons and technical groups and to study the ukulele and the guitar.

A total of 47 applications were submitted to support sports equipment – mostly for the purchase of athletic clothing. Scholarships were also applied for equestrian clothing and boots. One application was for the purchase of a ukulele and one for a guitar. Twenty-four scholarships were applied for participation in camps and competitions.

Applications were submitted by 15 substitute homes.

If you want to be involved and support young people in hobbies, then contribute here: http://www.heategevusfond.ee/aita-sina-ka.

 


 

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