The YEW Project – Young Empowered Women

Who is this for? The YEW project is open to all young women aged 11-18 in Mid and East Cornwall.  Our aim is to help young women and girls heal from the effects of sexual and domestic violence and abuse and move on to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

What is available? We offer free, impartial and confidential face-to-face support and creative group work programmes for young women.  Up to 26 sessions are offered and are delivered holistically to each young woman depending on need.  This includes face-to-face support sessions, group sessions and creative workshops later on.

The purpose of the face-to-face support and group sessions is to empower young women: to increase their self-esteem; work around issues of body image; promote self-confidence through artistic expression; have fun and reduce isolation through connecting with other young women who have had similar experiences.

Creative workshops are run throughout the year.  They encourage young women to be involved in deciding on the activities which will best meet their needs and help them heal from abuse.  These activities are designed in such a way that young women become more aware of what constitutes abuse, the warning signs and what healthy relationships look like.

Tell me more:  Face-to-face support sessions are delivered by a female specialist support worker who will listen to you in a non-judgemental way and believe you.  The support worker will arrange an initial meeting with you in a place where you can talk in private and feel most comfortable and safe.  This meeting will be an opportunity for you both to see how best you can work together.  Further sessions are then usually arranged.

The YEW Project respects equality, diversity and individuality.  We support all young women, regardless of ethnicity, sexuality and disability.

We may be able to help with travel expenses and childcare costs whilst receiving support from the project.

Why might the YEW Project help me? The sessions are to support you in expressing your feelings, building confidence, creating safety plans and finding healthy coping mechanisms.

How do I find out more? If you feel you could benefit from any of the support offered by the YEW Project contact us using our helpline number 01208 77099.

 

Examples of the work done by the young women on the YEW Project

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