With your help, from March 2017 asylum seeking and refugee young people living in Sussex will have access to a much needed YOUNG PERSON-LED & FREE PSYCHOSOCIAL SERVICE.
The Starling Project will be a service delivered by a collective of specialists from The Hummingbird Project and associate Art Refuge UK art therapists, who also provided vital services to the most vulnarable refugees in the camp known as 'the jungle' in Calais.
Through the experiences and learnings of supporting unacompanied minors and asylum seeking children here in the UK and in transit from contexts of political conflict, we have developed a specialist service, which includes:
- A weekly drop-in space
- Open art therapy group with HCPC registered art therapists
- Practical support and signposting to resources and basic rights
- Skill sharing between voluntary and statutory services in Sussex
- Ongoing assessment of support for young people across practical, psychological and social issues
- Network for care providers
The service will take a multi-tiered approach, which offers practical and psychological support whilst supporting young people to re/connect with important social networks can be really effective. Not only for the young people that we work with but also the statutory and voluntary services, and caregivers, supporting them.
When words fail: Using the arts to support children and young people
Here are some photos showing some of the work we have done while supporting young people living in the camps in Calais.
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The service is supported by a range of key statutory and voluntary organisations who are keen to refer young people, such as: Brighton & Hove Children’s Service, Sanctuary on Sea, The Hummingbird Project (our sister project), Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Pathways to Independence, Brighton Table Tennis Club, local schools, faith communities and community groups, amongst others.
How can you Help?
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