SCSN Support NetworkService ChildrenIn this issue….The SCSN Annual Conference‘Setting Sail in Falmouth’‘HMS Heroes’The Clear Sky Children’s FoundationSharing Best Practice tosupport Service Children Winter 2011
SCSN UpdateAs I write this the darker evenings are well and trulyupon us, Halloween and the cheerful visits from theyoung ‘Trick or Treaters’ from the Patch are done Heather Ogburn (left) and somefor another year, Remembrance Sunday is fast fellow delegates at the Falmouth Event.approaching and we have been reflecting on a verybusy period for SCSN. It is hard to believe that after prosperous 2011 and that you will spare a thoughtthe many months of planning and hard work the for those Service families who will be separatedinaugural SCSN Conference finally went ahead on from their deployed loved ones at this special time.7th November and the feedback we have received In particular, please remember those families whothus far shows that it was an extremely useful and have given the ultimate sacrifice for their countryinformative event. Drawing delegates from across this year and will be facing their first Christmasthe whole of the UK and Germany, it was really alone.good to have such a wide range of people presentwho were keen to share their experiences with each Joy O’Neill - Founder and Chair, SCSNother. We were also pleased to host a film crewfrom the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) To end, I would just like to share a letter that INews Team at the event and they conducted a received earlier this week…series of interviews with speakers and delegatesthat was subsequently aired across the wholeForces community on their daily news programme. Dear Editor, I hope that I qualify to contribute to your SCSNThe Conference came hot on the heels of another newsletter. As a grandparent to three serviceevent that Kev and I hosted at the National children (now young people) for the past 20 years IMaritime Museum in Falmouth, Cornwall, at the feel that I have some connection. I must congratu-end of October. Cornwall has a large population of late you and all the professionals involved for theService children associated with RNAS Culdrose, one wonderful way that you are seeking to help improveof the busiest helicopter airfields in Europe and the the lot of service children.largest single employer in the County. Quite a fewRAF families live in the area around RAF St Mawgan I read with interest all the articles and informationand RAF Portreath too, and of course, a large displayed on your website. Long may it continue.number of RN and RM families live in Cornwall and Life for anyone is full of positives and negatives, butDevon due to the presence of the Devonport the experiences for service children can only standdockyard and the RM Commando Training Centre at them in good stead for later life, for example, theyLympstone. Professionals in the area often feel a see new parts of the UK or overseas, they absorblittle cut off from sources of support and SCSN are the culture that they are living in and they makekeen to reach out and help where we can. new friends (some of which remain friends for manyCoincidentally, we have just been informed that the years) they also know that there are other familiesCornwall Community Fund has approved a SCSN bid going through the same highs and lows as them-for funds to support future training events in the selves. If things do not run according to plan thenCounty so we plan to return in the new year. your organization is now at hand to help.So, as we brace ourselves for the winter months andstart to prepare for the Festive Season ahead, we Yours sincerely,hope that each and everyone of you has had a ‘A Service Grandmother’
So what do Heroes do? To date they have created their logo, motto and their own ‘passport to School’ to help Service family children to integrate quickly. They have talked to serving members about what it feels like when they are left at home to raise adult awareness of the stresses of deployment and interviewed an MP and the Councillors about Service life and accompanying issues. They have even given a presentation to the MOD. Heroes have supported many events includ- HMS Heroes ing a dedication and wreath laying in their own area of the Field of Remembrance at Wootton Bassett, paraded their standard at the Second Tank regiment - ‘Together as One’ return and the 3 Brigade Service and parade in Plymouth. The standard has also been paraded atHer Majestys Schools (HMS) Heroes is a unique Tri- Festivals of Remembrance in Devon and PlymouthService pupil voice group formed in the City of and wreaths have been laid by Heroes at variousPlymouth that enables Service children and young memorial services in their areas. Heroes memberspeople, from pre-school age to eighteen, to meet thrive on supporting others and engaging in inter-and share their challenges, successes and generational dialogue. They designed their ownaspirations in an atmosphere of safety and standard dedication service, were at the heart of theunderstanding. Heroes promote peer support and recent anniversary of the Blitz commemoration and,provide a wide range of child initiated activities and most importantly, are firm supporters of the Royalprojects to strengthen the bonds of friendship and British Legion raising £900 in this, their 90thunderstanding. Most importantly, Heroes are friends anniversary year.for each other, especially in times of need. The Future?HMS Heroes Invite You to Join Up! The group aims to grow membership across the country so that, wherever they find themselves,Any school, pre- school, out of school club or cadet there will be Heroes nearby, that they can join, toforce can join HMS Heroes . In Plymouth alone, share and celebrate Service life and communityHeroes already have over 1500 members of pre- engagement. Look out for Heroes and theirschool, primary and secondary school age and will Standard, a Google search will show some of whataffiliate to the Royal British Legion, our active we do, as does our website. Looking forward, a busysupporter, by the end of 2011. Heroes meet in their programme is planned with many events throughoutschools and settings and, in Plymouth, delegates the academic year and across the school holidays. Afrom each of these groups meet approximately once member of Heroes will carry the Olympic Torcha month to report on their support network and through Plymouth in May 2012 and work isshare practice. They also engage in a variety of underway to support British Armed Forces Dayprojects that link them all together. All Heroes 2012. Locally, Heroes will be developing their pupilgroups have a dedicated space on our website, full voice to work with the wider Youth Parliamentuse of the logo and motto and they can purchase scheme and will be considering the way theyHeroes T shirts at cost. The delegate meetings are communicate their thoughts and ideas acrossalso within the minimal membership fee. Heroes society. Most importantly, Heroes continue to workhave their own unique Royal British Legion together to help themselves and their families toStandard. This is paraded at many events and each cope with deployment.individual group holds the standard for one week,each year. This includes a free session on standard Join Up!bearing and the history and significance of standards For further information please go tofrom an experienced RBL standard bearer. The www.hmsheroes.co.uk or contact:Standard s sponsored by the RBL and businesses. email@example.com Telephone: 01752 307485
SCSN Profile Name: Sue Webster Occupation: University LecturerSo what’s your background?I began my career in banking and finance and it was during this time that I married andbecame a young Service wife on a RAF station in Norfolk. After becoming a parent, Ifound the career I was looking for and worked in the voluntary sector leading an earlyyears setting before achieving a leading role in an Early Excellence Centre in ChippingNorton with responsible for outreach and training. Later developing a Sure Start Localprogramme in Coventry, I have undertaken a variety of consultancy and evaluation roleswith a focus on leadership development in the a range of organisations developingintegrated working approaches.What are your most recent achievements?I have extensive experience developing and writing leadership development materialsincluding contributing to the National Professional Qualification in Integrated CentreLeadership (NPQICL) programme and undergraduate modules at University of Warwick.I have also developed and delivered training for NPQICL facilitators and mentors,facilitates an NPQICL learning community and have coordinated the national Children’sCentre Leaders’ Network (CCLN). Through my role with CCLN, I re-engaged with Servicelife through the experiences of children’s centre leaders supporting Service families andcreating children’s centre activities on military bases. My published works includeresearch in the EECERA journal and contributions to two edited textbooks, both with aleadership focus.What are you working on at the moment?I teach on the Early Childhood degree at the University ofWarwick and in Singapore. I have an MA in Early ChildhoodEducation and am currently undertaking Doctoral study toinvestigate the experience of early childhood in a militaryfamily.
“…children are disappearing from the chance to get up close and personal with the stones! The walk will be approximately 3 miles inoutdoors at a rate that would make the total and is suitable for all ages - however we wouldtop of any conservationist’s list of recommend sturdy pushchairs for younger children.endangered species if they were any Booking is essential so if you are interested inother member of the animal kingdom…” attending an event then please email Lisa on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07872 117384 toGill (2005) book your place!There’s nothing quite as refreshing as an afternoonspent doing something a little different in the great In 2012 we have many more exciting events plannedoutdoors, and there are plenty of special places to at a green space near you so keep your eyes openbe explored. But did you know that there are lots ofexciting events taking place across Salisbury Plain for posters, or find us on Facebook by searchingwhere you can learn about the natural world on ‘There is space here project’ and hitting the ‘like’your doorstep? Well, you can with the ‘There is button to receive regular updates about the project!Space Here!’ project! We provide opportunities for In 2012 we’re also offering FREE outdoor playfamilies living in Bulford, Larkhill, Tidworth and training events to parents, teachers, childcareWarmister and the best bit is that they’re all FREE! providers and community workers. If you’re interested in finding out more about this training then please send us an email onThe ‘There is Space Here!’ project was created to email@example.com residents from military dominated areas toexplore the nature on their doorstep. We areworking with local communities, promoting greater There are endless opportunities to learn and enjoyunderstanding of where these special spaces are through the natural world and we hope that you’lland how they can be enjoyed by kids and adults come and join us at one of our events to see justalike. The project received funding from Natural how much fun it can be! If you would like moreEngland’s Access to Nature programme, The Big information on any of these opportunities or areLottery, The Army Welfare Service, Wiltshire interested in hearing about our events in 2012 thenWildlife Trust and the Underwood Trust and so far please email the project officer onwe have created over 100 opportunities for children firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07824 639634.and families to get out and explore their localenvironment and have attracted over 3500 people!This December we have 2 great events taking place.On 8th December at the Beeches Community Centrein Bulford, and on 9th December at the LarkhillCommunity Centre you can join from 3.15pm tohave a go at making a wonderful Christmas lanternand then join us on a walk to the local woodlandwhere we will go on a starlit adventure together tofind Santa Claus! We also have an event planned on22nd December where we’ll be walking from Larkhillcommunity centre at 7am to Stonehenge to join inwith the winter solstice celebrations, giving you a
SCSN Conference 2011 Joy O’Neill opened proceedings with an overview of SCSN, its aims and objectives, before I took the floor to give a basic explanation of what an operational deployment actually involves from the military perspective.Operational Deployment andits impacts on Service ChildrenOn 7th November 120 delegates gathered at theClare Foundation in Bucks for the inaugural SCSN Our first guest speaker was Mike Hughesman of SCEAnnual Conference. With the central theme of Germany who discussed ‘Deployment Support’, part‘Operational Deployments and its impacts on Service of the SCE strategy for the emotional well-being ofChildren’, the aim was to bring together a variety of Service children.subject matter expert speakers and delegates from awide range of fields to explore the issues thatparental deployments bring. SCSN were also pleasedto welcome the British Forces Broadcasting Service(BFBS) News Team who came along to film the eventand would broadcast the piece across the Forcesworld through their daily news programme. After a break for coffee, Mike was followed by David Trickey, a clinical psychologist who specialises in the impacts of trauma and bereavement. David has a wonderfully engaging style and he certainly gave the audience a great deal to think about as he outlined how the human body reacts to traumatic events and why, in some cases, emotional problems can occur and how they can be addressed effectively.
A new project for Veteran’s families with infants. We are pleased to announce the setting up of a new pilot project for veterans and their families withinDavid was followed by Maj Lew Webb, a relationship Oxfordshire run by The Infant Parent Perinatalcounsellor with extensive experience of counselling Service, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Thein a military context. project targets parents (mother and/or father) in the perinatal period, that is, who are expecting a baby or have one child under 12 months. We recogniseAfter a break for a buffet lunch, we reconvened for a that families of veterans sometimes have particularseries of workshops and the delegates were divided needs for support in the perinatal period related tointo smaller groups. Each group rotated through their experiences at work (including long periods ofeach workshop in turn. These included a session separation due to postings and the impact ofhosted by Ann Rowland, a Clinical Psychologist from adverse experiences for example Post Traumaticthe Child Bereavement Charity which considered Stress Disorder).how to support children who were bereaved as aresult of an operational deployment. Research shows that early intervention in families experiencing difficulties can have a dramatic beneficial impact on family functioning andThe groups were then given a presentation by a outcomes for children, including more harmoniousteam from the RAF Benson Community Primary parent-child relationships, better peer relationshipsSchool which looked at strategies for supporting and higher educational achievements. Whilst theService pupils through operational deployments and remit of IPPS is to work with families who havetransitions. RAF Benson School has an almost unique children up to 12 months of age, older siblingsperspective on Service childrens’ issues because within the family are also likely to benefit from thethey are ‘behind the wire’ on the RAF Station and therapeutic work via their parent’s increasedalmost all their pupils are from Service families. sensitivity and self awareness. We are now taking referrals for this service so any workers or family members who think we may be able to help a family who fit the criteria (pregnant or with a child under 12 months) please contact us on 0845 219 1454 or email email@example.com Forthcoming EventThe final session was chaired by Joy O’Neill and Suffolk County Council has commissioned SCSNdiscussed how to access further support resources to deliver training in the county on the 24thand how to link effectively with other relevant and 25th February 2012.agencies. Liza Wormell of the Bucks County Childrenand Young People’s Trust closed the session with a The sessions entitled ‘Service Children: The implica-presentation about the Common Assessment tions of Parental Deployment and High Mobility’ isFramework (CAF) and how it can be used effectively available for practitioners who are working in Suffolkto help ensure parity of treatment and support. with children and families in HM Forces. To apply for the course go to www.suffolkcpd.co.uk using courseKev O’Neill, SCSN Admin Director. code: SSC
sitting on the floor around a rug served with chai (Afghan tea) and typical Afghan nibbles.‘Burkhas, Kites and Shuras’- Learning about AfghanistanA new subject has been put on the timetable for SCEschools in Germany: Afghanistan. Lessons were Designing and making kites was a very popularsuspended on cross-curricular days so that pupils at activity, during which the children discovered howHohne Garrison schools could learn about life in kite-flying has come to represent freedom inAfghanistan – the country, its people and their Afghanistan after being banned under the Taliban.culture. The wearing of the burkha by Afghan women was debated by the older children, whilst all had theMel Bradley who runs the Afghan Appeal Fund came opportunity to try on the real thing along with otherup with the idea and helped the schools to get traditional Afghan clothing.going. Deputy Head Michelle Strong explained thethinking behind Gloucester School’s participation;“We feel that it is very important to raise awarenessabout what life is really like in Afghanistan amongboth pupils and staff. We have children whoseparents are deployed in Afghanistan and this is anideal opportunity for them to learn more about thecountry”.Major Si Bradley RE started many of the schoolsessions off with a presentation to the pupils abouthis experience of the country. Two tours ofAfghanistan and his involvement with the AfghanAppeal Fund means that he is particularly wellqualified to talk about the region. “It was importantto get across something about the people inAfghanistan and their culture. The pupils were reallyinterested and seemed to get a lot out of it”.Various workshops took place, including Q&Asessions ‘shura-style’ – the traditional Afghanmeeting usually convened to discuss local disputes -
Christine Lea from Slim School said “Mel and Si were deploying there, summed up perfectly by Katie agedable to give both the teachers and the children a 10: “Before Afghanistan Day I didn’t even want tovaluable insight into the ‘real Afghanistan’. The learn about it. I hated the sound of it. Now I knowquality of the photographs and Si’s first-hand that Afghanistan isn’t just about dying; our dad’s areknowledge added to the experience. All the heroes and we should be happy that they arepresentations were pitched perfectly so that helping poor people.”everyone gained more of an understanding of thecountry and its people. The children loved trying on To find out more about this project or the Afghanthe Afghan clothing and tasting the snacks.” Appeal Fund, please contact: Mel BradleyMany of the schools involved have linked the Tel: 07777 606504Afghanistan Awareness project into fundraising for Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Afghan Appeal Fund – a British forces charity Web: www.afghanappealfund.org.ukworking to improve education in Afghanistan, Afghan Poppies - by Leanne McCarthy, 11,primarily by building schools there. Montgomery Shackleton SchoolSchool auctioned off the beautiful Afghan artworkthe children had created along with celebrityautographs to raise an amazing £2000 for thecharity. Following the success of the project inHohne schools, Paderborn Garrison schools havealso taken it on board as many of their children’sparents make up the latest deployment toAfghanistan. Wilma Wilson, head teacher at WilliamWordsworth said “The materials, worksheets andideas are extremely informative and greatlyappreciated and we all look forward to working withour children and families to learn more about thisvast and diverse country; its scenery, music, food ,traditions and culture over the next six months.”As well as the children gaining a better Don’t Forget!..understanding of Afghanistan, the children comeaway with a more positive outlook on their parents A Great Stocking Filler! The SCSN Calendar 2012 is still available, on sale in aid of Ten for Ten’ for only £8.00 plus p+p. You can order a copy from email@example.com Greetings Cards are also available!
SCSN Sets Sailto Falmouth! Kev enjoying a cuppa with Julia Pickerill, a Family Information Adviser from Falmouth the event. They were open to new ideas and very willing to share their own experiences with their fellow delegates. Joy discussing Postings and Transitions. The discussions were lively and it was wonderful to see such a range of people represented, fromOctober saw Joy and Kev O’Neill take an SCSN Headteachers, Governors and other school staff, topresentation on the road to Cornwall and the LA representatives, members of the militaryNational Maritime Museum in Falmouth proved to community in the South West and key professionalsbe an excellent venue. from the NHS.Following up on requests from the area, Joy hadarranged an ‘Introductory Workshop’ which drewdelegates from across Cornwall and as far afield asPlymouth and Devon which of, course, has a verystrong affiliation with the Royal Navy, the RoyalMarines, and their families.With particular focus on Transitions and Mobility,together with Operational Deployments and theirimpacts on Service children and their families, the The venue was very comfortable and theday went very well. The audience were very Museum made sure we had everythingreceptive and keen to get as much as possible from we needed.
Each brought their own particular perspective to thediscussions and were very willing to get involved asthe day developed. Many of the delegatescommented that they were concerned that althoughthere was a large military community in the region,due to the location of RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall,the navy dockyard at Devonport in Plymouth, as wellas the Royal Marines at Lympstone, they felt verycut off from sources of information and felt thatthey were unable to access additional support andtraining when they needed it. Post script: Feedback from the event was very positive and it is clear that SCSN events will be well received in this area in future. SCSN has recently been informed that a bid for financial support from the Cornwall Community Fund has been successful and we will be able to mount other training sessions in the County in the New Year. Therefore, we are very keen to hear from members in Cornwall who have ideas that they wish SCSN to explore at the next event. Please Maj George Vosper of the TA sharing e-mail us from the link on the SCSN website. his experiences with his fellow delegates. The Falmouth Event was subsidised using funds from the Big Lottery. Kev found the delegates were very Keen to get involved in discussions.Heather Ogburn, Snr Adviser, Services for Childrenand Young People, Plymouth City Council, then gaveus a very interesting presentation about ‘HMSHeroes’, a new initiative whereby Service Childrencan help to support each other (see the HMS Heroesarticle in this newsletter).Kev O’NeillSCSN Admin Director Joy with John Pattison of the Devon NHS Trust.
Michael Smith, former soldier, Defence Editor of the Sunday Times and professional writer; Joy ONeill, Service wife, mother and Founder of the Service Children Support Network. We hope you enjoy this small selection of the winning entries. Missing You By Joel Sempala-Ntege When my dad went away,Writing Competition 2011 I felt very sad. When I was four,-The Results! My dad went to war And I was very worried.We are delighted to announce the winners of theTen for Ten writing competition for schools that was Missing Youheld this year. The theme for entries was ‘Missing By Eva GooderamYou’ and there were some wonderful entries fromall over the country. The judges were very I asked if you could stay forever,impressed with the high standard that was set! The but your reply was no,poems and stories were both thought provoking I thought you would be there for me,and extremely moving to read. The schools reported why did you have to go?that the children had actively enjoyed this chance towrite about difficult feelings - something that they Every night I pray to you,are not often given the opportunity to do. The wishing I was not on my own,judges would like to congratulate all those who took for you to come back to me,part. After much deliberation the winners selected to see how I have grown.were: You taught me how to ride a bike,5-6 Years Old to walk and talk and swim,1st - Stephanie Lovatt-Williams, To think that you have left me nowLeehurst Swan School. makes my life feel grim.2nd - Joel Sempala-Ntege,Watchfield Primary School. I wonder if you think of me as often as I think of you,7-10 Years Old But if you did I’d imagine you here standing proudly next to me,1st - Alessandra Barbour, I hear you laugh, I hear you cryLeehurst Swan School. but never did I hear goodbye.2nd - Leon Herring, I asked if you could stay forever,Radey Primary School. but your reply was no.11-13 Years Old Missing You1st - Thomad Whitbread, By Leon HerringCothill House School.2nd - Eva Gooderham, When the wind blows and the dead leaves scuttle,Needham Market Middle School. I think of you. When I’m lonely and scared,Ten for Ten would also like to thank the judges of I think of you.for giving up their valuable time, their enthusiasm When I cry and I’m sad,and expertise: Jenny Lewis Poet, playwright and I think of you.childrens author who teaches poetry at Oxford When I dream at night,University; Veronica Thorneloe, mother of Colonel I think of you.Rupert Thorneloe who died in Afghanistan in 2009; I will never forget you.
Communicating with Children and Young People Bereaved by Sudden Death Regional Study Days throughout 2012 An interactive study day which will consider the needs and issues relating to children and young people bereaved by sudden death and the skills andresources required to support them. Kindly hosted by Irwin Mitchell LLP around England between January and June 2012 Programme to include: · Children’s understanding of death · How children and young people grieve · Particular challenges around sudden death · What you need to know about inquests · Creative ways of supporting children and young people · Examples of direct work with children and young people · Managing our own feelings, and ways in which to support ourselves and our colleaguesSuitable for all those who come into contact with bereaved children and young people in the course of their work, whether in the statutory or voluntary sector Details of the day: Venues: For further details please contact: 10.00am – 4.00pm Irwin Mitchell LLP CBC Training Department (Registration 9.30am) Email: Birmingham – January FEE: £45 firstname.lastname@example.org Leeds – February (To include refreshments London – March Tel: 01494 568926 & light lunch) Manchester – April Kindly sponsored by Newcastle – May www.childbereavement.org.uk Irwin Mitchell LLP Sheffield - June Charity Number 1040419
Amongst the services available in the UK, Play Therapy is the most appropriate in meeting the needs of children who are experiencing difficulties. Some schools employ counselling services, but unfortunately, talking therapies require Blue sophisticated verbal expression and the ability to think abstractly. Play enables expression without Skies the restriction of making their creation verbally comprehensive. Ahead ‘Children express themselves more fully and more With directly through self-initiated spontaneous playClear Sky Children’s than they do verbally because they are more comfortable with play. For children to ‘play out’Foundation. their experiences and feeling is the most natural dynamic and self-healing process in which children can engage’In 2002, Olivia was 9 years old. Sadly, she lost her (Adapted from Landreth, 1991)Mum and has since experienced high anxiety ineveryday situations and chronically low self-esteem which has continued into adulthood. It is human nature to hold the desire for self- realisation and this comes about through the growth of one’s personality. Interactions from theConscious of the devastating affect of grief on her environment alter the child’s perception of thelittle sister, Sophia Giblin (25) did some research world on a daily basis and each experienceinto the support strategies available that could have contributes to the overall design of ‘the self’. If thehelped Olivia. Sophia found that there was very little child experiences positive experiences, this child willpsychological support available for children and likely grow up to be well adjusted and self-assured.young people in the UK; and even less services that A child is ultimately positive; they are usually quickare age appropriate. In 2010 Sophia founded Clear to forgive and forget negative experiences and,Sky Children’s Foundation. unless the experiences are particularly bad, they will accept life as they find it with eagerness. Individuals strive to fulfil basic needs and when these needs are directly met, the individual is said to be well adjusted. Virginia Axline, founder of the fundamental 8 principles of Play Therapy, states that: ‘When the seeking effort to satisfy these needs is blocked, devious paths are taken to bring about satisfaction, and the individual is said to be maladjusted’ (Axline, 1989) Much of this self-realisation process is carried out below ‘surface level’. The child has a ‘concept’ of the individual he is striving to be, and problems occur when the actual individual and the concept are different; the bigger the incongruence, the more maladjusted the child is likely to be. Play Therapy assumes that the child has the ability to solve their own problems and ‘grow’ and children inherently strive for good; i.e. mature behaviour is more
satisfying than immature. Non-Directive Therapy and parents who feel children would benefitallows the child the permissiveness to be from Play Therapy. The bus and therapistthemselves, without evaluation or pressure to will be hired out by schools for a minimumchange. Therapists offer a non-judgemental of 1 day a week for 12 weeks; this allows forreflection of the child’s actions so that the child is a maximum of six children in need to benefitable to learn about themselves with the idea that from the recommended 12 sessions(subjectthe child will from their own opinions of their to review) required for a positive effect..behaviour and ultimately, they will adapt their Ÿ Clear Sky aims to provide education andbehaviour to be closer to the concept they hold of training for parents and professionalsthemselves. The therapy room allows the child to working directly with children. This will beplay out their feelings, accept this as part of them, achieved by providing workshops outliningadapt the behaviour or abandon it completely. the benefits of play and techniques used to nurture a child’s opportunities for play. Ÿ Clear Sky recognises the benefits of research and aim to conduct and fund outside research projects on Play Therapy and its effectiveness. Ÿ Play Therapy aims to help children to cope and come to terms with difficult issues such as bereavement of a parent or sibling, divorce, separation, abuse, educational frustration and other feelings and emotions that at this tender age may not be fully understood. For someone like Olivia, Play therapy might have provided the opportunity to reject the feelings of anxiety and to develop resilience that is so important in life. Many children of service men and women experience separation and loss. We feel that Play Therapy may be the key to promoting resilience in these children and Clear Sky aim to enable them to develop their own sense of self without the constraints of outside influences. Play allowsThe child is an individual in their own right; they are children to be children for as long as possible.not subject to the emotion of others and they are Clear Sky hope to reach many children and addressable to ‘spread their wings’ and take a good look at these issues at a young age in order to set childrenthemselves. Within the therapy room, the child is on the right path.given the opportunity to channel this inner growth,becomes aware of their ability to solve their ownproblems, make their own choices and take Currently, Clear Sky Children’s Foundation, based inresponsibility for themselves in a way they have not Oxfordshire, are applying for funding from the MOD community fund in order to make a dedicated effortexperienced. Within this, they experience feelings of in helping the children of service men and women.security from a friendly therapist who offers totalpermissiveness, participation, acceptance and Please contact email@example.com or visit ourunderstanding. website at www.clear-sky.org.uk for more information.Clear Sky’s mission has three main objectives. Follow us on Twitter for up to date news Ÿ Clear Sky will provide a mobile Play Therapy @ClearSkyCF service in the form of a bespoke Therapy Bus in order to ensure equal opportunities References: to therapy regardless of financial stature or Axline, V.M. (1989) Play Therapy. Livingstone. geographical location. Therapy will be Landreth, G. (1991) A Decade of APT Newsletters delivered based on referrals from teachers Part Two 1987-1991, Association of Play Therapy.