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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
9.30 – 12.30pm, Younger Group (activities
start at 10.15am – midday).
1pm – 4pm, Older Group (activities start at
1.45pm – 3.30pm).