Why provide support for infants, children, young people and families affected by drug or alcohol problems?
When a person has a problem with drugs or alcohol it affects everyone around them. When this person is a parent or a family member, children and young people in the family are often left struggling with both practical and emotional issues and trying to make sense of what is happening in their lives. These problems can bring up feelings of shame and anger and cause worry. They can leave children and young people feeling isolated and very vulnerable.
Sometimes the families and children need help and support to help them in their lives. Children and young people can become caught between loyalty to their parent or family member and the need express how they are feeling to another person.
The Young Oasis Centre provides a place of safety and support for children and young people who have been affected or are facing these types of issues and may benefit from some support from us.
What support is there for children and Young People at the Young Oasis Centre?
Young Oasis provides a range of support for infants, children and young people depending on their age and circumstances.For pre school children;
Pre School infants and children are provided with the warm and nurturing environment of our crèche
, meeting other children and enjoying the games and activities on offer. They can do this while their parent or carer accesses treatment or recovery support including access to training, education or other recovery related activities,
Baby Oasis Playtime (BOPPERs) provides a dedicated time for Mums and their infants to come together with other Mums, share ideas and try new activities with their children. Mums can take time out of their busy treatment and recovery schedule to connect with their little one, tune into their needs and support their early development through play.
Stay and Play for Dads is a group that takes place in our creche, Monday’s 2-3.30pm, it is open to dads who want to spend some fun quality time with their child/children in a creative, friendly, supervised environment. This space can be used as an alternative to a contact centre. For further information please contact Michelle Rundle at Brighton Oasis project.
This is what some of the Mums have to say about BOPPERs and the crèche:“We have just completed sessions with music and movement which was very good. So more sessions like this or similar activities please.”
“I greatly enjoy coming to BOPPERs with my son on a Monday”
“Thank you. We loved it. There was a great atmosphere and lots of new ideas for playing with children, loved the activities and being with other Mums and babies. Great.”
*****Coming soon BOPPERS for dads – watch this space for more news*****
Young Oasis Therapy Service
Children and young people can be referred to our Young Oasis Therapy Service for individual therapeutic support. All our therapists work creatively, so when words are not enough or difficult to find, feelings can be worked with in a non verbal way using images, paints, clay, music and puppets. Working in this way can allow a child to feel heard, help process feelings and build resilience. Their situation may not have changed but the way that they feel about it can.“I am very grateful for the play therapy that (my child) had at Young Oasis. She absolutely adored coming”
“Good counselling session really helped. Thanks Toby. I have had a lot of fun. I have really blossomed just like a flower”
If you would like to refer a child to Young Oasis Therapy Service click the link below and complete the referral form.
To download a Young Oasis Referral Form, please go to the referrals section of the website, or Click Here
Holiday Art Groups
Alongside individual therapy and adult treatment, Young Oasis offers a holiday arts and activities programme group during school breaks. These groups allow children to get into the great outdoors and be creative as well as active. The groups provide opportunities for creative expression, as well as being fun and giving a child a sense of belonging. Children talk, socialise and make new friends in a supported environment.
Hear what some of the children and young people had to say about the holiday activities:“That was the funniest day of my life… I wouldn’t have missed it for the world even if I could see into the future”
“I want to come on all the trips, I don’t want to miss anything”
“I feel happy”
This programme is very popular and places are limited so it is important to book!
Click here to find out about our latest activities.
Young Women’s Alcohol Support
If you are aged 14-25 and looking for support around alcohol talk to our young women’s alcohol worker. She can arrange to meet you for a chat and support you with any concerns that you might have. You might want practical advice and information about safe limits of alcohol use or your situation might be more complicated. We know it can be difficult to talk to friends and family about some of these issues that’s why we have a specialist worker who is there for you.Whatever your situation – don’t worry on your own. Get in touch.
Mellow Parenting Programme
We are now offering an evidence based parenting program called Mellow Parenting for Mum’s with children age 0-4. The program aims to improve parented- child relationships and overall well being by nurturing parents strengths in a supportive group. The groups looks at growing parents confidence and self esteem, helping people to think through and share tips on the challenges of parenting and includes lunch and a fun activity with the children. Get in touch if you would like to be involved or would like to make a referral.
Can children and young people access the services independently?
We always ask a parent or carer for consent when children and young people under 16 would like to access Young Oasis services. If a young person is 16 or older and they don’t wish their parent/carers to know they are accessing the service, then parent/carer consent isn’t required.