Children in North Glasgow who are looked after by family members other than their parents will benefit from a new therapeutic arts programme. The charity Creative Therapies has secured almost £94,000 of funding for a Kinship Care Support Project which will provide art therapy for children who are affected by parental substance misuse and living with kinship carers. The money is coming from Corra Foundation’s Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI).
Sheena McGregor, Creative Director of Creative Therapies, said: “There are around 70 children in North West Glasgow alone who can benefit from the one to one support we will be able to offer. The aim is to improve the emotional health and well-being of these vulnerable children aged from birth up to the age of 18 years. By helping them develop through the initial one to one support they can then move on to getting further support in small groups and also link into arts activities in the local community.”
The PDI is a partnership between the Foundation and the Scottish Government. Elaine Wilson, PDI Programme Manager, said: “It is great to see innovative ways being used to help children who are affected by their parents’ substance issues. This means local children have an even better chance of being given the positive opportunities they deserve, and that’s good for them, their families and the whole community. This is the PDI’s second award for Creative Therapies since 2006, bringing the total support for local youngsters to over £139,000.”