We are proud to say we have launched a new project in Newcastle for vulnerable children and parents who have been exposed to domestic violence and abuse.

This unique project includes the DARE Programme, a group based programme for children from 4 years old helping them move beyond the violence and abuse that they have been subjected and witness to within their families.

The mother’s programme will help them understand the impact of abuse on their child. There will also be follow up support with the families around building confidence and self-esteem, as well as a 1:1 programme working with male victims of abuse and their children.

Tracey Welsh, our Families and Parenting Service Manager, said:

This two year project will provide 8, week long programmes as well as follow on courses for both parents and children thanks to funding from Newcastle City Council’s Newcastle Fund and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

We know from experience that intensive week long programmes work really well in aiding recovery for children and families in a safe and therapeutic way, including where domestic violence and abuse have been part of their normal family life.

The project ran its first programme during May half term ending in a launch party on Friday 2nd June which included food from charity supporter MOD Pizza, music sessions provided by Sage Gateshead, local Councillor Joyce McCarty handing out certificates and local community police being on hand to show their support for this project.