We run peer support groups for children and young people between the ages of 5yrs and 18yrs in a range of community-based settings. These groups allow young people to talk about their experiences of parental imprisonment in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Children and young people share coping strategies and gain support from peers and professionals. Most gain much comfort from meeting others who are in a similar position to themselves.
Having fun is a key aspect of our groups
We get creative with art and craft, play games and we often enjoy community outings to places like the theatre, trampoline parks, indoor rock-climbing centres and bowling alleys. Some children and young people like to make cards or write letters to the person in prison in our groups; others like to make things for their parent’s ‘missing you’ box. Most groups run for around 2 hours but community outings may last longer. We also provide a range of snacks and refreshments during every session.
Links to wider groups and opportunities
We work hard to consider each child’s individual interests and where possible try to incorporate these when planning our sessions.