The charity, based in Staunton, has received a £10,000 grant from The Commissioner’s Fund to run its Art Journal project with young people in the Tewkesbury area who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse.
Manager of Community Family Care Sasha Hart said the aim was to help young people explore issues around domestic abuse and to promote healthy relationships.
“The aim is to support young people to express thoughts and feelings surrounding domestic abuse and to build resilience to either repeating that behaviour or being able to recognise the signs early on,” she said.
Community Family Care’s Art Journal project was launched in response to the need for effective emotional and mental health support for some young people. It has helped to improve the emotional wellbeing of more than 100 young people in the last year.
The new pilot project, in co-operation with the local PCSOs and Neighbourhood Policing Team, will take a year and involve 12 groups across schools and the local community within Tewkesbury Borough.
“We are very grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund. Domestic abuse is often hidden and difficult to talk about. Many young people who grow up witnessing or experiencing it need help to make sure those patterns of behaviour which they have become familiar with don’t become the only way they know.
“The project offers them a safe and creative way to explore their difficult thoughts and feelings. The longer term aim is to reduce the number of young people entering into unhealthy relationships in adulthood.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said: “There is evidence that a worryingly high number of young people are affected by emotional or mental health problems. It can affect some of them very early in life and continue into their teens.
“Helping young people develop into responsible and productive adults is one of the priorities of my police and crime plan and I am delighted to be able to help The Art Journal Project. It fills a gap in service and offers an original approach to supporting young people who have witnessed violence in the home.”
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.