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BRISTOL: free six week online group for foster carers and key workers

Fridays 11-12 July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7 and 14

These interactive and visually based workshops aim to uphold wellbeing and strengthen connections in the network around Bristol’s young refugee and asylum-seeking population. Sessions will be designed and facilitated by Sarah Robinson from Art Refuge in collaboration with Alison Clarkson Webb (Intercultural Trainer and Foster Carer of unaccompanied refugee children).

Sessions will be semi-structured through a series of simple themes that will be used in a playful visual exchange using everyday household objects and basic art materials. Through the participants’ shared on and off-line experiences, we hope to all gain deeper insight into the faith, culture, adolescence and psychological lives of young refugees.

Email for the Zoom link.

Building upon our charity-wide art and art therapy expertise and development of the Community Table in Calais, London and Paris to support those who work with asylum seekers, our sessions will be informed by best-practice frameworks around psychosocial health and trauma, resilience, Psychological First Aid (PFA), psycho-education and self-care.

We know that as a society, our mental health needs are beginning to become more apparent as coronavirus continues to spread and lockdown eases, potentially bringing with it a second wave of infection. Separation and displacement from loved ones can put a strain on all aspects of our health and test family life and so making sense of how it impacts us and those we support and care for can be complex. Maintaining and developing connections can help to reduce the impact upon us and those we share our lives with.

These sessions are intended to add to the existing offers of support for Foster Carers and key workers across our City of Sanctuary as we transition out of lockdown.

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