The charity, based in Staunton, has been awarded £10,000 to set up art projects in Gloucestershire for troubled children who have difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings with words.
The money comes from the Aviva Community Fund which offers grants to community projects that make a difference.
Sasha Brown, Family Care Manager for CFC, is delighted that the Art Journal Project beat competition from hundreds of entries.
“It’s fantastic news and we’d like to thank everyone who voted for us,” she said.
She also thanked Blackdown Financial Services which nominated the scheme on behalf of CFC.
The aim is to run 12 Art Journal groups for children aged 8 to 18 in Gloucestershire.
“Young people face increasing social and educational pressures that they don’t always have coping strategies to deal with. Everyday stresses can become too difficult to manage and some young people turn to harmful or destructive behaviour as a result,” said Sasha.
“There is a clear need for early intervention support to help them manage. Art Journals are a therapeutic way of doing that. Specially trained staff guide and teach young people how to use art to boost emotional wellbeing.”
Community Family Care helps families, children and young people in need of support. It seeks to improve parents’ confidence, help with routines to get children to school, or more complex support dealing with challenging behaviours at home.