Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl and his deputy Chris Brierley visited the team and saw some of the art journal work in progress and presented a plaque to Community Family Care.
Earlier this year, they awarded Community Family Care £10,000 from the Commissioner’s Fund to run the Art Journal project with young people in the Tewkesbury area who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse.
The new one-year pilot project, in co-operation with the local PCSOs and Neighbourhood Policing Team, involves 12 groups across schools and the local community within Tewkesbury Borough.
Each young person, in either a one-to-one session or a group session of up to six people, creates their own art journal which is theirs to keep and add to. This supports resilience and arms them with the tools to cope at times of need and stress.
The programme uses a variety of therapeutic techniques to improve positive mental health and boost emotional wellbeing.
Community Family Care is a registered charity which supports families all over Gloucestershire. It is part of Community Foster Care, an independent agency which provides foster carers for children all over Gloucestershire.