The Jersey branch of the NSPCC, a leading safeguarding charity which prevents cruelty to children in the Island

Children and Young People’s creative safe space restored

Local children and Young People are able to access new resources in creative therapeutic sessions to help process and express their emotions, thanks to support from JT Community Giving.

The Jersey branch of the NSPCC, a leading safeguarding charity which prevents cruelty to children in the Island, has successfully applied for funds from JT to replenish their depleted stock of materials used in their “Letting The Future In” therapy sessions.

JT Community Giving provides financial support for not-for-profit organisations, charities, schools and registered community groups in Jersey.

The creative nature of NSPCC Jersey’s “Letting The Future In” therapeutic sessions, involving activities like art, messy-play, storytelling and writing, help children accessing this service with NSPCC Jersey to recover from the impact of abuse. Thanks to this funding, they have been able to purchase much-needed paints, journals, scrapbooks, sand trays and stress balls. They also acquired the materials to make ‘mindful glitter jars’, which is a visible demonstration for the children to reassure them that chaos will eventually settle into stillness.

Rebecca Stanier, Fundraiser NSPCC Jersey, said: “At NSPCC Jersey, our main aim is to provide services which meet the needs of local children. Last year, we reached 457 children and parents/carers with our services.

Our small team of social workers and practitioners work with children aged between 4 and 17 years old, as well as their siblings and parents/carers, from our home on Stopford Road. These art materials go a long way to supporting children who are recovering from the impact of sexual abuse. Where they find it hard to share their experience in words, our creative and safe therapeutic space and explorative sessions provide a means for them to communicate in a way that’s appropriate for their age, needs and ability. We’re so grateful to JT for this donation, it’s a simple but extremely effective way to help and support young children.”

Pip Carpenter, Head of Commercial Market at JT, added: “We were greatly moved by NSPCC Jersey’s application to JT Community Giving. The profoundly positive impact their creative therapeutic service has on the recovery of these vulnerable children and young people is extraordinary and we are delighted to have been able to contribute towards their healing process with this donation. NSPCC Jersey carries out vital work in our community and it means a lot to all of us at JT that we can assist them in continuing to support those that need it.”

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