In response to this heartbreaking reality, Anglicare WA created Young Hearts, a free counselling service for children impacted by family and domestic violence. The Young Hearts program empowers children to overcome their physical and emotional abuse and trauma.
Young Hearts depends entirely on the generous support of the community and we could not do this vital work without the support of Austal, the Channel 7 Telethon Trust and individual Donors.
Because of your support, we are able to help children to make sense of their experience of family violence. Through a safe therapeutic relationship with the counsellor, we can assist them to build trust, identify feelings and develop strategies to manage overwhelming emotions.
This year we held two Young Hearts Re-Connect Camps to support non-offending parents and carers to rebuild healthy bonds and trust with their children. Both carers and children participated in a range of activities including archery, flying fox, sing-along, orienteering, and drawing communication to build vital connections and establish supportive and healthy home environments in the wake of experiencing trauma.
These camps are incredibly special opportunities for parents to rebuild relationships with their children, fractured by violence. We couldn’t offer this vital support to families without Bendigo Bank.