How KidsAid helps children and young people

“I think KidsAid is wonderful. The women are lovely, they listen to you and are a big help. I found I could speak to my therapist openly straight away as I trusted and felt safe with her. Therapy has helped me not to keep things inside and talk about how I feel. I know what to do now when I am feeling depressed”. 14 year old client.

KidsAid works with children and young people to help them overcome traumatic events.

They may have suffered:
       Family breakdown;
       Bereavement;
       Domestic violence;
       Abuse and or neglect;
       Illness;
       Peer pressure.

We do this by providing Play Therapy, Art Therapy and Drama Therapy, as well as Protective Behaviours work and Child/Adult Relationship Counselling.

Our therapists are all professionally qualified and are experienced in their field; they are trained to work with families from all backgrounds and with a whole range of issues.

Early intervention to support these children and young people brings real benefits to their lives and will help to ensure these traumas will not manifest in later life, causing them more serious problems in the future.

KidsAid works with schools, local authorities and other voluntary bodies to support vulnerable children and their families. Anyone can refer a child to KidsAid – a school, GP, family member, or a child can self-refer.

Our therapists are supported by a Clinical Director and by our dedicated Board of Trustees, who have a rich variety of professional backgrounds and skills.

Retired paediatrician, Nicholas Griffin chairs KidsAid: “I’ve seen how countless young lives can be irreparably damaged by abuse, bereavement, illness or bullying or any of a host of traumas to which today’s children may be exposed. Such damage can lead on to behavioural problems, academic under-performance, failed social relationships and poor parenting skills. This all passes the injury onto the next generation. By intervening early, we aim to help the children cope with their problems and so mitigate or prevent the later impact.”

Our Patron is Countess Spencer, who says, “I am so proud to be a part of the vital work that Kidsaid does in our community. Children living in the aftermath of trauma need and deserve the kind of support that Kidsaid can offer.”

The parent of one of our young clients said: “I would do anything to support KidsAid as they have helped me, my husband and children tremendously and changed our lives. Initially, I was extremely wary of engaging my children in therapy because we had all been through such a lot. However, we were all made to feel so welcome and the children attended their sessions regularly and looked forward to them and having special time. Later my husband and I attended with the children where we had Theraplay sessions with  the two therapists that had seen the children individually. The sessions changed our lives and strengthened our parenting skills, reserves and coping strategies.”

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