Young People’s Support

“CHILDREN ARE OFTEN ONE OF THE FIRST TO FEEL THE PAIN THAT ADDICTION CAN BRING TO A FAMILY MEMBER AND OFTEN THE LAST HELPED. THE SILKWORTH CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME CHANGES THAT BY GIVING THE CHILD A VOICE AND AN ARENA TO FEEL SAFE IN TALKING ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS”

Silkworms is a support programme for children aged 7-12 years affected by the addictions of a close family member. The four-day programme incorporates various games and activities to help children understand addiction and its effects, in age-appropriate language while providing a shared experience for youngsters to help one another’s understanding.

A safe and supportive environment is created to help children explore their feelings and the impact of addiction on them and their families, as well as provide them with tools to help them manage their emotions and to keep them safe beyond the programme.

Regular children’s meetings after Silkworms ensure participants continue to be supported with living alongside addiction while offering a new group environment based on friendship and trust in which to share and explore their thoughts and feelings.

The Programme, since its inception in 2018, has facilitated a number of Silkworms Programmes for many youngsters of various ages between 7 and 14 years old. An evidence-based, outreach community programme recognises that there are individuals and families affected by addiction within our Island community. The education and learning we offer allow our society to thrive and progress and we believe a community with more educated, supported people is more likely to contribute to its environment positively. We quite simply strengthening the connection between youth, their families, and our local community resources.

Following Silkworms, children’s aftercare takes the form of regular two-hour sessions each month. Participants continue to be supported with living alongside chemical dependency while offering a new group environment based on friendship and trust as youngsters from different programme meet to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings.

OUR REFERRAL PROCESS

Referrals can be made by a parent/carer or a professional and once a referral has been made, a
meeting is held with the young person and parent/carer to learn more about the support we can give.