Funded by Children in Need we provide a unique programme of support specifically for children who have experienced the trauma of Domestic Violence and Abuse in the family home. Linking with schools we ensure our interventions are best placed to address need and prevent long term psychological damage.
Our aim is to help children and young people come to terms with their experiences and to develop positive lifestyle and coping strategies. We provide a range of intense 1:1 mentoring, associated group work and fun recreational activities to help us to achieve our aims.
We are currently working in 3 primary school settings, have a youth group for 4-11years and a youth group for 11-16 all focusing on exploration of emotion through play and expressive therapies.
We hold various group sessions in the school holidays for children and young people who are involved with RCT or have a parent accessing one of our programmes.
The programme will be tailored around individuals schools and children.
Here is an example of sessions previously run. We provide a safe, therapeutic space with sensory activities and sounds week by week.
Week One :
Children will be introduced to working with clay and slowing down. Children will be encouraged to chat about interests and hobbies which will help children to mix and get to know each other a little better.
Week Two and Three :
Decorating and painting clay from previous session. Children who have finished clay will do painting techniques with salt and foam. Children will speak about being strong and brave and what this means to them.
Week Four: Positivity pebbles- children will be encouraged to write or paint positive messages on pebbles whilst speaking of joy and self worth.
Week Five– Stress putty- children will make stress/happy putty and will learn coping techniques to use with it to help when things are feeling too much
Week Six– Cake decorating, children will decorate cakes and engage with sensory play. They will also talk about self worth again to reiterate the importance of it.