Acorns

RCN 1157078, North Shields

Acorns offers a range of trauma informed support and therapeutic recovery services to address the impact of domestic abuse and violence on children, young people and families.

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Acorns offers a range of services to support families affected by domestic abuse in North Tyneside and Northumberland. Our work aims to improve physical and mental health and well-being, increase personal resources by building self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness, and empower families to increase resilience and live safely and independently. 

We understand that domestic abuse and relationships can be very difficult to talk about. Acorns provides a safe space for children and young people to make sense of their experiences and support their recovery. A child's voice is important and we will work with them to find the best way to help, recognising that everyone is different. We do this thorough various forms of person-centred counselling and play therapy delivered across a range of locations, including our specialist therapy rooms in North Tyneside, and flexible one-to-one support services delivered within schools and a wide range of community settings in North Tyneside and Northumberland. In addition, our First Response service provides short term practical and emotional support for young people in crisis situations, aged 11-18. We also deliver workshops and group sessions to raise awareness of domestic abuse as well as supporting those who have been impacted. 

At Acorns, we also provide counselling and advocacy support to parents and carers of children who are attending Acorns. Our workers can offer emotional support, providing a safe space to share thoughts and experiences and to help explore how domestic abuse has impacted on the families we help. Practical support is also available in many areas, including housing advice, debt advice, support to attend family court or legal appointments and benefits advice, all including help with applications and supporting letters.

We also offer one-to-one personalised therapy for the adult parent and carers of children accessing our services, drawing from a wide range of techniques including art therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and counselling, at our dedicated therapy space in North Shields, and remotely where appropriate. Within the safety of a trusting relationship, therapy can help support and empower the processing of experiences of domestic abuse and facilitate healing. We may also be able to offer some family therapy if appropriate.

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