What We Do

We provide a holistic package of emotional and practical support to both men & women aged 13+ who have or who are experiencing:-

  • Domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape,
  • Mild to moderate mental health conditions,
  • Cultural deprivation and/or social isolation.

We provide immediate and free one to one counselling, psychoeducational therapy and art therapy for individuals, in safe and secure surroundings.

By providing skill attainment, education, artistic pursuits and counselling, you are able  to work with your assigned case worker to create a personalised care plan, which can involve any of the following:-

  • Free weekly One on One session with a Counsellor, Mentor or Life Coach.
  • Multi-agency support.
  • Art / Healing art Therapies
  • Participation in any of the NRP existing projects.

 

Our Projects

All of our projects run in tandem with each other and we will work with you to select the perfect care plan, by combining services across all of our projects.  This multi-tiered, multi agency, client focused  approach, enabling victims to be in touch with their circumstance; learn to understand and recover from it, to build a safer brighter future by making use of the art programmes multiple  strands:-

The Abuse Victim Support Project (AVS)

Provides a holistic package of emotional and practical support to both men & women aged 13+; who are dealing with domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape.  Whether this is something that’s happening now or has happened in the past, providing immediate and free one to one counselling psychoeducational therapy and art therapy for individuals, in safe and secure surroundings.

What AVS provides

AVS Counselling Service: Free, immediate and confidential, in a location chosen by the client (home or office)

AVS Counsellor & Survivor Training: provides a 12 week training course for individuals working with this client group, the course is also offered to survivors and has psycho-educational benefits

Access to following programmes:

Darkness Makes Sense In The Light (DAMSEL)

Uses Carnival Arts as Therapy to help heal and soothe the emotional and mental health effects of abuse or reduce the symptoms in mental health conditions by using various therapies.

Sound with Vision (SOlVe)

Theatre Arts as Therapy to help heal and soothe the emotional and mental health effects of abuse or reduce the symptoms in mental health conditions by using various therapies.

What DAMSEL and SOlVe provide

Both DAMSEL and SOlVe encourage active involvement in performing arts and contributes to the physical, mental and emotional health of all participants.  Physically they are provided with fitness/dance training under supervision for a period of 16 weeks.

Simultaneously, members are involved in the design and production of vibrant and stunning carnival & theatre costumes and work as a team sharing specialist expertise at all levels, to reflect their own personal feeling of stepping into the light. Finally they undertake First Aid and SIA (security) training as part of the preparatory process for events.

For participants who prefer to not to be so energetic, we use creative and vocal arts, such as digital and visual art, spoken and written word as a means for individuals to come to terms with and express themselves during the healing process. Again this contributes greatly to the overall mental, emotional and spiritual well being of participants. Many of these individuals also contribute to the back stage or creative part of the costume making, float decoration and set design mentioned above.

Keep Shining

Uses creative arts as therapy’s to help heal and soothe the emotional and mental health effects of abuse or reduce the symptoms in mental health conditions by using various therapies.

  • Candle making
  • Soap making
  • Jewellery making,
  • Making handbags, fruit bowls and candle holders,
  • Photo Mosaics
  • Spoken Word/Poetry
  • DJ and Music Production
  • 3D Design and Printing
  • And a variety of art forms

Spirit of Naz

Uses holistic therapy’s to help heal and soothe the emotional and mental health effects of abuse; by reducing the symptoms in mental health conditions by using various therapies.

  • Aromatherapy,
  • Chromotherapy – Colour therapy,
  • Crystal therapy,
  • Guided mediation
  • No Hands Massage.

 

A Life Interrupted

In addition we run an arts programme that develops emerging socially disadvantaged artists (victims of abuse or individuals affected by mental health issues).  This disadvantage is because they experience less opportunities for participation. Furthermore they may have less access to artistic employment opportunities.  We overcome this by supporting artists in their career development.  We create opportunities for artist to nurture their talents. Then we assist them gaining employment with our partners and other arts organisations.

 

Our Approach

Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. The body’s physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation; from one of fear to one of creativity and inspiration.

Art and music put a person in a different brain wave pattern; music and art affect a person’s autonomic nervous system, their hormonal balance and their brain neurotransmitters.

Art and music affect every cell in the body instantly to create a healing physiology that changes the immune system and blood flow to all the organs.

Music and Art also immediately change a person’s perceptions of their world; by changing attitude, emotional state, and pain perception. As a result, they create hope and positivity and they help people cope with difficulties. hence they transform a person’s outlook and way of being in the world.

In this way our projects helps you recover your natural rhythm and learn to shine again. You are not alone, we are here for you.

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