A service that offers support to mothers, children and young people who are facing difficulties because of domestic abuse is now open for referrals.
CEDAR (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery) provides a therapeutic programme over 12 weeks with groups for children and young people (aged 4-16) and their mothers running in parallel.
The groups offer those involved a chance to explore the experiences, understanding and feelings associated with domestic abuse. There is an emphasis on providing fun and creative activities that keep children engaged and interacting with each other.
The overall aim is to create a safe place for children and their mothers to help each other to find the best strategies to deal with their experiences and rebuild their lives.
Groups take place twice a year, with the first session due to start in February. Another one will begin in September. People can refer themselves directly and referrals are also received from:
- health workers
- social workers
- support agencies.
To find out more, contact the CEDAR Co-ordinator on 01835 824000 Ext. 5494