Abuse

Our grant programme funds project tackling and supporting 16 year olds and under coping with, abuse of any nature. If you are a young person suffering abuse, or an organisation delivering services assisting others, please apply as per the foundation’s grant policies.

 

Savana

the7stars foundation is delighted to partner with Savana who support anyone from the age of 4 that has been affected by any form of sexual violence. Their objective is to support anyone affected by sexual violence. In 2017–18 Savana supported 95 under 16 year olds and have a current trajectory to help approximately 139 under 16 year olds.

The funding given, enables Savana to continue their current level of counselling support which ensures that 4–16 year olds are able to access assistance needed and develop ways to live fulfilled lives. 180 sessions of one to one counselling will be provided ensuring that individuals have the time, space and care shown to them that they may never of known. This experience gives children the opportunity to live positively and grow into adults who can be active participants in the community they live in.

Stoke on Trent has been classified as the 16th most deprived area in England out of 326 districts, with 34% of working people living in households with incomes on or below the thresholds of poverty. Therefore, many children are living in poverty in addition to dealing with the effects of sexual violence. There is a clear indication for the need of Savana’s support. We are proud to be able to assist Savana on their mission to improve the lives of children in need.

“One to one counselling will be provided ensuring that individuals have the time, space and care shown to them that they may never of known”


Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counseling Service

Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counseling Service (PARCS) deliver a range of integrated services to survivors of sexual and domestic abuse.

the7stars foundation is proud to support their project which will deliver specialist face to face counselling for children aged 5 to 10 years who are victims/survivors of sexual abuse, providing 12 weekly counselling sessions with the option of providing longer term intervention if appropriate.

This grant will fund a part-time sessional children’s counsellor, responsible for leading this project. The counsellor will build trust and value confidentiality with individual children who have experienced abuse. Children will be given the time and space to be taken seriously, believed, supported to feel safe, comfortable and at ease. All sessions are non-judgemental and non-directive. The counsellor helps to simulate the stages of development which have been distorted or neglected, encouraging children to regulate their own emotions, enabling them to live positive lives.

The children supported by PARCS are disadvantaged in many ways, often presenting with behavioural, psychological difficulties and feelings of not feeling safe. the7stars foundation and PARCS ensure a positive impact to victims of sexual abuse and to help reduce the negative impact on a child’s opportunities and unique potential.

“the7stars foundation and PARCS ensure a positive impact to victims of sexual abuse and to help reduce the negative impact on a child’s opportunities and unique potential.”


Coram Chambers Partnership

The7stars foundation is proud to assist a young girl battling the effects of sexual abuse from her father. Our grant will support this young individual to change her surname from her father’s, enabling her to remove this unwanted connection and move forward positively with her life.

The referral was made by a Children and Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) from Imara – a specialist service that supports children, young people and their family following a disclosure or discovery of child sexual abuse. Currently, the ISVA is supporting this young girl and her half siblings, who have been traumatised from sexual abuse by their father.

Having the same family name as her father has become an issue which has a significant detrimental impact on the young person’s emotional well being and sense of identity. The family is not in a financial position to afford legal support with this and so the situation is unable to progress.

the7stars foundation is honored to be able to fully fund the cost of a Specific Issue Order, under Section 8 of the Children’s Act, which will enable the young girl to access the support to resolve this issue in order to progress with her life and develop in a positive and healthy way.


Safeline

Safeline aim to prevent sexual abuse and to support anyone affected by it. Safeline are a specialist charity providing face-to-face, telephone and online services, and training nationally in Warwickshire and surrounding counties.

the7stars foundation support their tailored one-to-one mentoring programme for young people aged 10 to 16 who have been sexually abused or are at risk of abuse. This will enable young people to fulfil their potential and recover from the traumatic experiences they have had which will improve their future opportunities. the7stars foundation have contributed towards a Project Facilitator and Mentor. They will provide tailored one-to-one support to vulnerable young people while they are attending abuse prevention projects and/or with individual follow-up sessions at their school. Abuse prevention projects also include workshops on ‘keeping safe’ as well as sports, drama or music to help raise the young people’s self-esteem and motivation.

As a result of this project, the young people will have:
Better mental health and well-being, including healthier coping strategies, allowing them to start rebuilding their lives
Improved behaviour, communications and relationships with their peers and others, diverting them from disruptive and harmful alternatives.
Better physical health and being better informed about negative behaviours.

The need for support in this area is overwhelming. Through their extensive work in Warwickshire, it has been shown that children are being targeted by paedophiles younger, often at primary school age. It has also been reported that sexual offences against Warwickshire children in 2016–17 increased by 45%.

The project will help vulnerable young people to fulfil their potential, by enabling them to process and move on from sexual abuse in a healthy, positive way. Our goal is to step forward against abuse.

“Abuse prevention projects also include workshops on ‘keeping safe’ as well as sports, drama or music to help raise the young people’s self-esteem and motivation.”


Wycombe Women’s Aid

Wycombe Women’s Aid (WWA) support women, children and young people who are experiencing domestic violence and dealing with its effects. WWA offers safe accommodation as well as practical and emotional support within the refuge and in the local community. They are now running, Helping Hands, a preventative education programme for children.

the7stars foundation are proud to support Helping Hands, ensuring the programme runs successfully, with everything in place for the children to receive the maximum benefit. We are funding all of the Helping Hands groups that will take place over the next calendar year. This programme has an positive impact on children’s sense of self, as well as enabling improvements in eating, sleeping, physical aches and pains, school attendance and self-worth.

Funding from the7stars foundation will allow for the opportunity to increase children’s understanding of feeling safe and to promote behaviours which will contribute to a safe environment. The deliverables of this programme are to:
• Develop children’s levels of self-esteem and confidence
• Enable children to explore and express feelings
• Inform children of the right to feel safe at all times
• Increase children’s ability in safety planning
• Empower children to identify their own personal support network
• Explore how choice of behaviour can affect the feelings of others
• Identify healthy ways to manage conflict

Witnessing or experiencing domestic violence represents one of the most serious risks to children in our society. We are honoured to be supporters of Helping Hands, focusing on non-violent conflict management and protective behaviours, which act as important preventative measures that help and support children to rebuild safer, happier lives.

“We are honoured to be supporters of Helping Hands, focusing on non-violent conflict management and protective behaviours”


The Dash Charity

The Dash Charity is an independent charity passionate about making change for families and individuals who have experienced Domestic Abuse.

the7stars foundation are honoured to fund a bespoke one-to-one programme of support for children who have lived with domestic abuse. The 8–12 week programme focuses on helping children and young people understand and recover from their experiences, build self esteem & resilience and learn what makes for a healthy relationship. The programme also focuses on supporting the abused parent concurrently, helping mend broken bonds and aims to build a bespoke programme on parenting through domestic abuse.

The programme sponsored, looks to tackle the many emotions a child will be feeling and explore healthy ways of expressing and managing these. It allows children to talk safely and confidentially about their feelings and plan strategies for rebuilding relationships. Each programme is however tailored to support and address the individual needs and concerns of each child.

We are proud to support The Dash Charity, the only specialist agency undertaking work of this kind in their locality. Thames Valley Police, have one of the highest rates of reported domestic abuse in the country with 41,176 reported incident of domestic abuse last year. It is imperative that specialist early intervention work exists to address root cause issues to break the cycle of abuse and improve the long-term well-being of children and young people.

“The programme sponsored, looks to tackle the many emotions a child will be feeling and explore healthy ways of expressing and managing these.”


Coram Chambers Partnership

The7stars Foundation is pleased to assist a 10 year old boy from London who has suffered from witnessing domestic abuse and homelessness. Our grant will allow this young boy to continue attending his much-loved boxing sessions and to have the proper attire and equipment for this. Hopefully having long-term positive impacts on many aspects of his life.

The young boy was referred to the7stars Foundation through a social worker due to his current struggling situation. He has many challenges facing him in his daily life as well as autism, ADHD, sleep disorder and anxiety — which have resulted in him missing school and becoming socially isolated.

After engaging with a mentor, he began boxing sessions, and this was a huge achievement for him to be interacting with and meeting new people. Continuing to be able to attend the sessions will let him further develop his social skills and allow him the opportunity to build positive relationships, increase self confidence and self esteem. And, importantly, have a sense of belonging to the local community and the support from positive adult role models.


Dorset Rape Crisis

The7stars Foundation has supported the Dorset Rape Crisis (DRC) for specialist counselling of 12 young people who are victims of sexual assault and rape. The DRC is the only rape crisis centre in Dorset and offer a range of support services for anyone who has been affected by sexual abuse or violence.

The specialist counselling funded has helped young victims explore their thoughts and emotions and develop strategies for moving forward with their lives in order to realise their dreams and ambitions. The counselling has many advantages and benefits that provide positivity and well-being for the young people and children such as, reduced negative coping behaviours and isolation, and improved social behaviour through developing close relationships with family, peers and community.

Evaluation forms have shown a resoundingly positive impact on the young people, as one young person explained regarding the program, “A great help to me as a person, definitely feel I wouldn’t have been able to cope without the counsellor is there for me. They really helped me to find out what can be done to make it easier for me. They are very thoughtful and caring, always willing to be there and have a chat about whatever, thank you very much.”
dorsetrapecrisis.org


Fresh Start

Fresh Start provides a therapeutic service for children, young people, and their families, in Suffolk and Norfolk, who have reported being sexually abused. The service helps children focus on their strengths and potential to develop an increased sense of well being and move forward with their life.

The7stars Foundation is honoured to provide grant funding for their specialist child sexual abuse workers. The workers provide therapeutic services for 12 children who are desperately waiting on their help and services. These services include a bespoke treatment plan formulated through psychological assessments to establish the children’s mental, emotional and psychological needs.

The project impacts the children positively by developing an understanding of what abuse is and looks like, including cyber-abuse, grooming, and unhealthy relationships for their age. Their new coping skills and knowledge help them move forward positively and flourish into adulthood.
fsnb.org.uk


The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

The7stars Foundation is proud to support and fund The Lucy Faithfull Foundation in their Inform Young People programme.

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide charity dedicated solely to tackling child sexual abuse. Children and young people across the UK suffer sexual abuse and most commonly at the hands of someone they know. The Foundation’s purpose is working to prevent abuse from happening in the first place and to prevent it from happening again if it already has. They work with both those affected by sexual abuse and those perpetrating it and are committed to using their expert knowledge to impact on public policy, and to educate families, professionals and the public.

The grant funds the Inform Young People programme, where interventions are tailored for young people ages 11 – 21 who are in trouble for inappropriate use of technology and the internet. The interventions address multiple issues that the young person is facing and helps to prevent an escalation of the behaviour. Each programme is delivered by a practitioner experienced in working with young people.
lucyfaithfull.org.uk


Her Centre

the7stars Foundation is pleased to support Her Centre with funding towards providing specialist long term one-to-one counselling for young girls who have experienced long term abuse leaving them vulnerable to exploitation.

Her Centre is a women-led organisation in Greenwich committed to women’s empowerment. They support women in crisis and help them make informed decisions and access to mainstream services to turn their lives around. Her Centre work with over 1000 women per year on domestic violence safety, sexual abuse, legal issues, employment, volunteering, immigration, benefits, education, counselling and emergency housing for those experiencing domestic violence.
hercentre.org


Coram Chambers Partnership

the7stars Foundation are proud to fund the travel costs for a young asylum seeker from Eritrea to attend college for five months.

The case was brought to us by a Youth Caseworker at the charity Young Roots in London. The young person is 16 years old but due to not having documentation to prove his age, the Home Office has disputed this and has been treating him as an adult. Having been through so much stress in his young life, he is accessing therapy at Freedom From Torture in London. The charity has also enrolled him in an adult ESOL course in college. He is currently receiving no support from the Home Office and is staying with a very supportive host family.

He has since started college and attends two days a week, but has been struggling to pay for his travel – being classed as an adult by the Home Office means he is not entitled to free travel. With our grant, he can attend college, where he has made friends, attends activities, and can continue his education without disruption.
youngroots.org.uk


After School Recreational Club

the7stars Foundation is honoured to support a young man who was referred to us by an East London local authority. The young man has experienced adverse home conditions due to abuse by his parents including exposure to domestic violence and mental health difficulties. This has lead him to be subject to child protection plans shortly after his birth and ultimately to be cared for under Special Guardian Order by his grandmother.

The provided funding has gone towards a grant for the young man to attend the weekly youth club at his local reservoir centre. Attendance will enable him to learn, enjoy and achieve to grow his self confidence and master skills under expert instruction. The youth club provides a safe, enjoyable and challenging environment to enjoy activities such as dinghy sailing, kayaking and canoeing will help him develop friendships while under the care of safe adults.


Coram Chambers Partnership

the7stars Foundation was delighted to support a vulnerable young person referred by a London local authority. This young person lives alone with his father in an isolated and difficult environment. Our provision allowed this individual to have a more child friendly and stimulating home that includes soft furnishings and educational toys. As well as a better home environment, the funding allowed the opportunity for an inspiring experience to live football match, which is his passion!
arsenal.com/tickets


RASASC (Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre)

The RASASC (Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre) help victims of sexual abuse through emotional and practical support. This includes specialist support through our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor service, counselling support, peer-group support and a youth service.

the7stars Foundation has partnered with RASASC to help them provide more specialist counselling to young people aged 13 – 18 years who have been the victim of rape or sexual abuse.

Given an increase in requests for support, they are funding a sessional worker who is qualified in trauma to support 10 young people a year who have been victims of rape or sexual assault. The sessional worker will provide one-to-one help which is bespoke to the needs of the young person. The overarching aim is to help the young person move forward and not live a life that is defined by the abuse that they have suffered.
rapecentre.org.uk


Wycombe Women’s Aid

The Wycombe Women’s Aid (WWA) is a specialist domestic violence charity supporting women, children and young people who have experienced domestic violence and who are dealing with its effects and consequences.

the7stars Foundation is pleased to fund the WWA in support of their Helping Hands children’s service that they deliver. The specialist group programme is designed for children who have experienced domestic violence and is a preventative education programme.

Helping Hands specialist group programme’s objectives are to:
• Develop children’s levels of self-esteem and confidence
• Enable children to explore and express feelings
• Inform children of the right to feel safe at all times
• Increase children’s ability to identify their own personal support network
• Explore how choice of behaviour can affect the feelings of others
• Identify healthy ways to manage conflict

Our funding will help to provide workbooks, stationery and sundries needed for each of the six groups that will take place over the academic year. The workbooks are an integral part of the programme, as are the stationary and other items needed to implement the weekly activities from the workbook. At the end of the group, children are able to keep the workbooks as a permanent record of their achievement and learning.

wycombewomensaid.org.uk


Tender Education & Arts

Established in 2013, the Tender Education & Arts charity uses the arts to engage vulnerable young people in the prevention of domestic and sexual abuse. They have pioneered innovative new programmes which work to stop abuse before serious harm has occurred and support young people to get the most from life without dealing with the legacy of abuse.

the7stars Foundation is proud to partner with Tender Education & Arts to fund their interactive-programme for at-risk primary school children which prevents domestic and sexual abuse. This programme enables them to support young people to identify, avoid or escape abuse and to learn how to seek help when they need it.

During the interactive-programme, participants learn how to:
• Understand the components of healthy and unhealthy relationships
• Explore expectations around gender and equality
• Develop skills for working together
• Ask for help and better support their peers

Tenders methods effectively counter negative and unsafe messages and help young people to recognise their rights and responsibilities in relationships. The use of drama and theatre is a highly effective method of engaging young people in experiential learning in a way that deepens their understanding of the issue in a way other teaching styles cannot.

“We are thrilled to have received this funding from the7stars, which has enabled us to deliver and continue vital development of a core element of our work. The support and interest for the programme from the foundation itself – for example, coming to visit a project – has been exceptional and is a pleasure to facilitate.”

tender.org.uk


Parents and Children Together (PACT)

Parents And Children Together (PACT) has been supporting and strengthening families since 1911 on issues such as debt, parenting, domestic abuse and mental health.

the7stars Foundation is honoured to support PACT for their Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) programme in the Thames Valley area. BB4K is a 10 week group therapeutic support programme developed by PACT for children and parents who have been victims or witnesses of domestic abuse. The need for the BB4K programme was identified by childcare professionals working with families and victims of domestic abuse and recognising the impact that the lack of support available had on them.

Our funding will help deliver:
• A safer home environment for the child and parent
• A better understanding of what has happened in their family
• An understanding that abuse is not acceptable
• Building strong relationships between child and parent
• Boosting confidence and self-esteem levels for both the child and parent
• Improved behaviour and better anger management for the child
• Better school attendance and educational outcomes for the child
• Parent able to provide ongoing support to the child

PACT and the BB4K programme align to the7stars Foundation values for Potential, Opportunity, Fairness and Impact.

PACT is very grateful to the 7stars Foundation for supporting its BB4K Programme which is a step towards breaking the cycle of domestic abuse. PACT believes that with the correct effective support in place for the parent and for the child, we can build resilience, help to keep the family safe, educate them against entering into another abusive relationship in the future and help the healing process so that families have the best chance of improving their lives.

pactcharity.org


 

Another Way

Another Way supports children 16 years of age and under who identify as LGBTQ. Inspired by the needs of the community, Another Way addresses the lack of support, choices and options for LGBTQ young people and their families within the Copeland area – an area with a statistically high LGBTQ community. The organisation addresses key issues through increasing life chances, opportunities, access to information, support and choices while empowering young people and families.

the7stars Foundation is proud to partner with Another way by providing counselling support to young people while also working with any pre-existing services in order to refer complex cases to specialist child counsellors and psychologists, trained in LGBT difficulties.

Our funding benefits between 10 and 30 people 16 years of age and under directly within the first year as well as benefitting their families with the support the young people receive.

The training is always going to change because the needs of people change and that actually for them it’s not about getting someone to ‘come out’ to all their school friends, friends and family – it’s about making them feel happy/comfortable with their sexuality and being around people on the day to day. — Claire Hicks

We joined while our child was gender questioning and now he has socially transitioned to live as his preferred gender. This has been a rocky road for us as parents and has involved discommunication from our family and a change of school. The program offered practical and emotional support to us during this difficult period and we still heavily rely on this support. — Mother to 6 year old Female to Male


 

Swanley Boxing Club

Swanley Boxing Club works with challenged young people helping them learn self discipline through the sport of boxing. For over 25 years Swanley Amateur Boxing Club has been training young people.

the7stars Foundation is proud to partner with Swanley Boxing Club in funding their project which takes boxing into schools with challenged pupils where they learn discipline, mentoring, engagement, achievement, structure and well being.

Supplies for the project:
• Training gloves
• Training floor mats
• Skipping ropes
• Boxing timer
• Coaching mitts
• Coaching pads
• Travel trolleys

Our funding will help the project turn lives around for hard to reach youths by offering life skills to overcome challenges that can lead to serious life problems pre & post education.

“The area of Swanley has a high level of social deprivation and Swanley Amateur Boxing Club has an ethos and a passion to offer non-contact and full contact boxing to juniors, young adults and seniors to improve their physical health, mental well-being and improve behavioural and emotional difficulties. It gives the young and disadvantaged people of Swanley an escape route by instilling key life changing attributes that can be applied in every area of life.

Our qualified coaches are also health care professionals, specialising in mental health and we now offer mentoring for club members/participants and have recently extended our services of one evening a week to specialist mental health adult units.”


 

Clapton Common Boys Club

Clapton Common Boys Club improves the lives of disengaged, deprived and disadvantaged children and young people in Hackney, London. Physical wellbeing, social skills, motivation, self-esteem, educational skills and employment prospects are enhanced through activities during out-of-school hours.

the7stars Foundation is delighted to fund the launch of the club’s Always Safe! anti-bullying skills training programme. The programme, led by an emotional psychologist, trains youth leaders and club volunteers how to support children to avoid being attacked through bullying and how to protect themselves. The techniques are implemented through local clubs and youth organisations.

We are proud to partner with Clapton Common Club to provide the young people with:
• Adult Support
• Skills and Training to protect themselves
• Emotional Support

Our funding will help develop the potential of the young people supported through the programme by working to build confidence, self-esteem and provide opportunities through removing barriers and challenges faced so young people may develop and achieve.

“The Clapton Common Boys Club is pleased to be partnering with the7stars foundation in launching ‘Always Safe!’ programme, an anti-bullying skills training programme. The programme will train youth leaders and volunteers, in how to support children and young people to avoid being attacked by bullies and how to protect themselves. We value the interest and support immensely!”