We deliver a range of services to support children, young people and families facing a range of challenges. By helping at an early stage, our work aims to prevent more serious problems arising in the future.
Butterflies Emotional Wellbeing Service was launched in 2018 as an extension of our Time for You service, which provides emotional wellbeing support in schools. Butterflies provides emotional wellbeing sessions in local communities for young people aged 5 to 18, which are paid for by the parent or carer. It aims to strengthen their emotional and social wellbeing, increase their self-esteem and help them to recognise their greatness to enable them to be better able to deal with the ups and downs of life.
Reasons for referral are usually very varied but may include general self-esteem issues, anxiety, friendship issues, bereavement, and family relationship breakdown. Claire’s* son has recently used the service:
“It’s been invaluable and Sam* has benefited in more ways than he or I could have ever imagined. He has a tricky home life as his sister has poor mental health, which has had a negative impact on Sam’s own wellbeing.”
Our Support Workers are experienced at working with different ages of children and supporting their emotional wellbeing by using a range of activities.
Claire continues: “Since seeing Bob [Support Worker] Sam has become more able to open up and talk about his feelings, he no longer keeps things bottled up. His self-esteem has improved and his sense of humour has returned. It’s so lovely seeing flashes of the old Sam. Life will never be easy, but he knows he has a regular time to check-in with Bob and can just be himself. Thank you all so much for showing Sam there is hope and life can be good again.”
Another person whose family has benefited from Butterflies is Julia*:
“I was very lucky to stumble across an advert on Facebook regarding the Butterflies support that The Benjamin Foundation offers – I found the advert just at the right time. At the time my daughter was really struggling with some anxiety issues that I could no longer help or support with. I knew she needed further help.”
Julia continues: “I contacted The Benjamin Foundation and within a couple of weeks we saw some drastic changes to our daughter’s outlook. She would come out of each session buzzing with enthusiasm. Friends and relatives noticed the changes too. I couldn’t speak more highly of this service.”
If your family could benefit from extra support and you would like more information about Butterflies Emotional Wellbeing Service, please click here to learn more.
*Names have been changed
Steven Newing House opened its doors in May 2003. Since then it has accommodated nearly 200 young people.