On admission to the Refuge, workers will you offer emotional and practical support. Once you have settled in a worker will help you to identify your individual needs and develop a support plan to address those needs.
"Everybody has made us feel welcome. Thank You. I have had a bad time of it and to get help and support through this time and to start believing in myself again has been great and I have amazed myself. Thank you All at Women’s Aid!Woman from refuge
Women & Children coming to refuge
Coming to refuge can be a daunting thought for anyone but this may be more difficult, if you have children. You may be worried about what is there for them to do, what if they don't settle? finding new schools or nurseries and how they will manage if they have to share accommodation with others.
At Clackmannanshire Women's Aid we have two dedicated workers who are there to help you and your children through these difficulties and to provide your child with specialist support that can help them recover from the trauma they have been through. We have a dedicated play room which well resourced with toys and activities to allow your child that chance to play and escape from their worries, we also have a room designed by and for older children and teenagers with internet access, a Wii, and activities that are more age appropriate.
We will work through individual support plans, with your child which will enable them to identify issues and worries and help them look at solutions and coping strategies. It is important to note that we carry out, is at the child's pace, what is discussed is decided by them and if they choose not to talk about something we shall respect that. We provide children and young people the same confidentiality as we do women; this allows them a safe space to explore feelings with out fear of repercussions. This is done within the limits of Child Protection and we make it very clear to all children on what this means when we begin work with them.
We can also help you if you need support to enrol your children in a new school or nursery or with local health visitor and with information on local groups and classes that your child might be interested in.
Click on the 'Children and Young People' page for more information on support for them.