Written by Grace Lindsay – Sunflower Project Volunteer
The Sunflower Project has just come to the end of its first six week support group for bereaved children aged between 8-12.
The group ran weekly and throughout the six sessions all of the children who attended the group took part in group and one-to-one activities to help build their resilience, confidence and give them some useful coping strategies to help them deal with difficult situations that they may come across.
Bereaved children can quite often feel lonely and isolated due to their loss, by creating a safe place for these children to share feelings and express worries they developed an incredible bond and formed new friendships.
Throughout the sessions we used some fun activities to enable the children to identify things which help them to feel better when they are feeling sad. The group came up with lots of ideas and we got them to write these on to a ‘Jenga Tower of Resilience’, in this way the children shared ways of coping with their situations.
This was the ‘Jenga tower of resilience!’
On our last session we all designed section and then joined them together form a banner. Each piece represented something of our experience of being part of the group, this included the volunteers! The end result was amazing, with everyone identifying really lovely elements of what made the group special to them.
This was the end result!
Everyone left the last session with a Sunflower Ted looking forward to our group reunion in January.