New summer scheme will support Bedford children involved in domestic abuse

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Children who have been involved in domestic abuse are being supported in a new scheme this summer.

The scheme ‘Space’ is aimed at children aged between 10 and 16 and will offer fun activity sessions at Kempston Youth Centre from August 22-26.

‘Space’ is for young people at school in Bedford and will provide a mix of therapeutic and physical activities in groups with the option of free play and use of the youth centre.

Group sessions will include dance, sports, art, cooking, music, water sports and outdoor adventure activities. There will also be a play therapist on-hand who will be running group sessions.

Councillor Colleen Atkins, portfolio holder for community safety and regulatory services, said: “Young people affected by domestic abuse need to know they have somewhere to turn. The aim of this youth summer-scheme is to provide a relaxed and fun environment for these individuals with the option of more support if needed.”

Domestic abuse affects 1 in 5 children and can impact on how they are able to develop socially and emotionally, which could lead to barriers in accessing their education.

If you are a parent or carer who has experienced domestic abuse and you would like more information on how to book/refer someone to take part in ‘Space’, telephone 01234 341977 or email early help@bedford.gov.uk