On Monday 24th October, 2022, many of the families we support got involved with our Positive Futures Event.
The purpose of this event was to provide our young service users with a mindful activity whilst also being able to discuss their everyday struggles and any conserns they have for the future. Getting service users together gives them a safe space to share their worries with others who have faced similar experiences.
We had three workshops taking place as part of this event.
The first workshop was for young service users under eleven years old. This workshop was led by Geetu, she helped the young people to paint Diyas to celebrate Diwali. Whilst they let these dry, they also did some colouring in.
"It was the best workshop I have attended"- Service user, aged 7
The second workshop was for young service users aged eleven to seventeen. They also got involved with painting Diya's aswell as having creative freedom to paint anything they wanted. "I enjoyed creating something cutural but with my own twist"- Service user, aged 17
They were later able to speak to Paul, he spoke to young people as a group and individually to identify their conserns and breaking them down to help find managable solutions.
The final workshop was for parents of children affected by sickle cell and thalassaemia blood disorders. All parents who attended had access to parenting support.
They all benefited from sharing their struggles with other parents who have faced similar experiences. They created a group chat to stay in touch after the event.
"The workshop comes as a therapy session for me. I get to share my conserns and challenges without feeling vunerable"- Parent of child with sickle cell disorder.
This event was made possible thanks to the Gratham Yorke Truste.