Art and play is a natural way for young people to express their emotions. The Church Street project has now been running for 15 years and was started by a group of teachers who were concerned about the effects the long waiting times for therapy was having on the young children in Shepway schools.
The foundation has agreed to award a grant of £420; the cost of providing therapy for two pupils, providing 6 x 45 minute therapy sessions each. One child is experiencing a high level of anxiety, failing in class due to family circumstances. The other is a boy who lives with his father and siblings. He finds it easier to talk in a structured activity such as lego.
Mary Patterson, secretary of the Church Street Project said, “Young people express themselves often through art and play. We are only able to provide our service thanks to generous donations such as this. We have seen the difference Creative Therapies have made to young people and how these therapies have helped them express themselves and explore their feelings.”
Careful monitoring of the pupils progress will be made over the coming months.