Radius Housing in
conjunction with Playhouse Activity Centre in Coleraine were delighted to fund
a 7 week course in emotional education for pre-school children (3-4 years) which
concluded this week.
programme offered 7 tailored one hour workshops to explore understanding of
emotions, and addressed issues in relation to stress and depression being
displayed by pre-school children. This
included one session with parents and carers.
The aim was to manage and understand feelings in a fun environment.
workshops gave children the platform to express themselves through play, arts
and craft, games, mindful movement and music.
The workshops were delivered by 2 experienced therapists one a qualified
counsellor with experience in medical practice and the other who specialises in
treating those with trauma.
Melanie Rintoul, Communities Officer
such as this, offer children an opportunity to express how they feel about the
world around them, and provide coping skills for dealing with emotions.”
Rintoul, Communities Officer
Children from Playhouse Pre-School playgroup
'We did faces - scared, happy, sad and angry
know how to make an angry hand into a happy hand. You have to hold each finger
up and breathe out. Then you don't feel angry any more'.
liked the worry monster. He ate our pictures of our worries'.
Ridley, Playhouse Pre-school Playgroup
‘This has been a fabulous programme. Our
children had so much fun learning about feelings and coping strategies through
a range of multi-sensory activities. Important skills for life.’
This work is funded through the Executive Office’s
T:BUC Housing for All programme. Laurel
Hill Gardens, Coleraine is a designated shared neighbourhood under the
Housing for All Programme. Funding is provided to develop and deliver a
good relations plan for Laurel Hill Gardens which must include bridging and
bonding projects delivered to the shared community and between the surrounding