BLUE DOTS

Paul Cohn

The Blue Dots are Child & Family Care Hubs for children, women and other vulnerable people living in refugee camps in Central Greece, Epirus, Central and Eastern Macedonia, as well as in the urban environment of these regions, where the greatest populations’ needs are recorded.

SolidarityNow, with the support of UNICEF, launched an innovative pilot program at the Piraeus Port called “Blue Dots.” Blue Dots are Centers that provide a comprehensive package of services to migrants and refugees in regions where availability of support is limited.

After its successful implementation, SolidarityNow expanded the program nationwide.

Blue Dot units:

  • Ensure efficient and accurate information sharing to refugees and migrants, such as informing individuals of their rights (before and after applying for international protection), and providing appropriate referrals to services where necessary.
  • Identify and refer vulnerable persons to proper structures of support, including vulnerable families, single mothers, at-risk children with a focus on unaccompanied children, persons with disabilities or illnesses, cases of suspected trafficking, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
  • Provide general psychosocial services, and making referrals where needed.
  • Refer unaccompanied minors and vulnerable persons to reception facilities for applicants of international protection through the National Center for Social Solidarity.
  • Refer applicants for international protection to open reception facilities and hosting programs.
  • Create child-friendly spaces that provide recreational and educational activities for minors.
  • Create breastfeeding corners and provide reproductive, neonatal, and postnatal care and counseling.

Τhe Blue Dots program is implemented by SolidarityNow, supported by UNICEF, with funding from the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department (ECHO).