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SOME OF US MAY NEED SPACE?

 

A scheme for children who have experienced domestic abuse is being introduced throughout the summer holidays. The pilot-project, called ‘Space’, will offer fun activity sessions at Kempston Youth Centre from 22nd – 26th August.

 

Space is for young people at school in Bedford Borough, aged 10 – 16 years of age, who have experienced domestic abuse. The programme will provide a mix of therapeutic and physical activities in groups with the option of free play and use of the Youth Centre facilities.

 

Group sessions will include: dance, sports, art, cooking, music, water sports and outdoor adventure activities. There will also be a play therapist on-hand who will be running group sessions.

 

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services, said: “Young people affected by domestic abuse need to know they have somewhere to turn. The aim of this youth summer-scheme is to provide a relaxed and fun environment for these individuals with the option of more support if needed.”

 

Domestic abuse affects 1 in 5 children. This can impact on how they are able to develop socially and emotionally, which could lead to barriers in accessing their education.

 

If you are a parent or carer who has experienced Domestic Abuse and you would like more information on how to book/refer someone to take part in Space, telephone 01234 341977 or email earlyhelp@bedford.gov.uk

 

Space is being brought to Bedford Borough in conjunction with Bedford Borough Council, Families First Bedfordshire and Project 229.

 

Parents/carers are invited to stay for coffee at 9.30am and 1pm every day, before the main activity session start. There will be no cost for children to attend.

 

9.30 – 12.30pm, Younger Group (activities start at 10.15am – midday).

 

1pm – 4pm, Older Group (activities start at 1.45pm – 3.30pm).

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