Children who have experienced family violence now have the opportunity to recover through art thanks to a Commonwealth Bank grant that Women’s Health West received to run Little Picassos – art workshops for creative kids. The therapeutic group will support children aged 5-12 to create art and talk to counsellors about ongoing problems at home or school.
Women’s Health West, a specialist family violence organisation, is enormously grateful to the Commonwealth Bank for these funds. Our two part time children’s counsellors are the only specialist counsellors in the western suburbs who can provide a free service for children suffering trauma following family violence.
‘According to Victoria Police children were present at 2,502 family violence incidents in 2011-12 but during this period WHW was funded to see only 95 children,’ said Sally, WHW Children’s Counsellor.
‘Due to the lack of free services we have an extensive waiting list so many children do not receive counselling in a timely manner – sometimes waiting up to 6 months. Children who are traumatised have difficulty learning and being able to play or develop emotionally. This project will allow us to help more children with our limited resources.
‘Little Picassos will improve the child’s ability to learn at school, socialise with others, and teach them how to play following trauma and resume normal emotional and physical development.
‘The children’s stories are very sad and disturbing. However we are very lucky to be able to help them recover. They progress from being very sad and withdrawn or angry to playing with us, feeling hopeful and enjoying life again.’
Commonwealth Bank present cheque to Women’s Health West children’s counsellors
2pm on 9 November 2012 at 317-319 Barkly Street, Footscray
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