Parenting and Creative Therapies in Camden gets Big Lottery boost
Coram will be delivering parenting support and art and music therapy sessions for Camden families, following a £900,000 grant to the ‘Camden Futures’ partnership.
‘Camden Futures” is a partnership between Coram and other local voluntary organisations, working together to provide support for families experiencing poverty, welfare and family relationships issues.
Coram’s highly skilled creative therapists and parenting support advisors will be supported by a small team of trainees, helping to reach more families as well as creating vocational training opportunities.
Mary Rose Brady, the Head of Coram’s Parenting Service said that too many families are left to deal with challenging circumstances alone:
“Painful or traumatic experiences can manifest as mental health or psychological issues, behavioural problems or communication difficulties. This is where art and music can play a crucial role in allowing children and parents to express things which they may be afraid or unable to put into words.
All too often we revert to ‘adult solutions’ to support children. At Coram we are building significant evidence showing that art and music-based interventions make a significant difference to children’s emotional well being, confidence and concentration, enhancing their life chances.
This is the first time creative therapy has been offered as part of an integrated part of Camden’s Children’s Services. It is wonderful that Camden Futures has received the support to help address the root causes of family difficulties.”
Camden Futures brings together the expertise of Coram, Elfrida Rathbone, Citizens Advice Bureau and a group of local GP surgeries. Families will be targeted who are just falling short of the children’s social care thresholds and where both children and parents have support needs. The £900,000 grant will support the partnership from April 2012 over the next three years.
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Coram, founded in 1739 as the UK’s first children charity, champions what matters most for children. Coram works with more than 15,000 children, young people and families each year. It reaches a further 800,000 children through its health and social education programmes in schools nationwide. Coram’s expert services include adoption, creative therapies, supported housing for care leavers and family and parenting support.