The YEW Project – Young Empowered Women

Our aim is to help young women and girls who have experienced or are vulnerable to the risk of sexual violence or domestic abuse, heal from the effects of their abuse and move on to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. 

We provide an environment which enables young women and girls to feel secure and safe. This includes face-to-face support sessions, educational and creative group workshops. Through reducing isolation and facilitating an inspirational creative space, young women and girls will able to take back their power and control, be empowered to make their own decisions, plan new goals and adopt new behaviours. We hope to empower and inspire them to move forward positively and stay safe and in control of their own lives. 

Who is this for? The YEW project is open to all young women and girls aged 11-18 years in Mid and East Cornwall. We offer free, impartial and confidential face-to-face support and psycho-social educational and creative group work programmes. The support offered is delivered by trained specialist facilitators and are tailored holistically to each young woman depending on their need. 

The purpose of the face-to-face support and group sessions is to empower young women: to increase their self-esteem, self-worth and self-belief; 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.

What is available? We run 4 group work programmes a year; each programme delivers 8 weekly sessions and combines educational and creative workshops led by professional artists.

Subjects covered on by the group support sessions may include; healthy and unhealthy relationships; the impact of abuse; your rights, body image and ownership, consent, sexting and safety online, coping strategies - including self harming; assertiveness skills; confidence building and self esteem.

Creative workshops may include... film making, installation art, painting, drumming, dance, graffiti, theatre, rap (spoken word), poetry, sculpture, ceramics, puppetry, weaving, wood craft, paint making and collage. Young women will be involved in deciding on the activities which will best meet their needs and help them heal from abuse. 

Tell me more:  Before group work commences; pre-group work sessions will take place with each young woman/girl to ensure they are ready for group work and to undertake individual needs assessment and safety planning where necessary. We offer face -to-face sessions and run 4 group work programmes a year; each programme delivers 8 weekly specialist facilitated sessions, combining pyscho-social educational sessions and creative workshops led by professional artists.

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

How do I find out more? If you feel you could benefit from any of the support offered by the YEW Project or wish to refer a young woman, please contact us using our helpline number on 01208 77099

 

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