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Thursday, 9 July 2020

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Clear Sky celebrates a decade of Play and Creative Arts Therapy!

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In June 2020, Clear Sky celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

Clear Sky was founded in 2010 and initially started providing support to children who had experienced a traumatic life event, or who were struggling with their emotional or mental health, by delivering therapeutic play sessions from the back of a converted ambulance.

With the generosity of donors and supporters over time, Clear Sky has grown into an organisation which now delivers therapeutic services to hundreds of children across the Thames Valley and beyond.

In 2018, we were fortunate to adopt Debi Maskell-Graham’s ‘bigtoeslittletoes’ programme and took on her suite of Attachment Play courses. We now provide CPD accredited Attachment Play training to almost 100 professionals year on year and continue to develop and deliver these trainings around the UK, as well as making plans to take them overseas in 2021!

We are 10!

In 2018 we then partnered with Linsey and Ruth at ‘bigtoeslittletoes Ireland’. They say:

‘We are honoured to be working alongside Clear Sky, helping to share these wonderful programmes here in Ireland. Each year we plan to run Baby Bonding, Parent-Child Attachment Play and Heart to Heart training and are delighted to see the interest in the programmes increasing each year. It has been great to see the interest from organisations such as Barnardos, HSE, Tusla, Feileacain, and Resolve Counselling Centre, sending staff to the training and wonderful to hear about initiatives in these organisations beginning to use the programmes and spread the wonder of Head, Heart and Hands.’

You can find Linsey and Ruth at: www.bigtoeslitteltoesirl.com, Facebook: @Big Toes Little Toes Ireland and on Instagram @bigtoeslittletoesireland

We were also pleased to partner with Sophia O’Neill at bigtoeslittletoes Dorset earlier this year who delivers Baby Bonding and Heart to Heart work in the South East.

2019 saw us launch into a partnership with the National Education Union, and we now deliver training to teachers all across the UK as part of their professional learning programme.

In 2019 we also went on to launch our online learning Institute for practitioners, and can now boast a diverse global membership who form our wider network of valued partners. We developed and launched a schools’ ‘Emotional Health’ membership too early in 2020 and then went on to launch a series of free materials for parents in April of this year, in response to the closure of schools as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As a Charity, we champion the Play and Creative Arts therapy profession not only through developing and delivering training but also through our advocacy and research work. We are proud to be part of an All-Party Parliamentary Group, are Ambassadors for The Children’s First Alliance, and are members of many local organisations who collectively champion the needs of children and families.

We are immensely grateful to our dedicated team of therapists who support vulnerable children across the Play and Creative Arts spectrum in a variety of creative and playful ways. We simply could not do this work either without the tireless efforts of our central team who go above and beyond to support all of our activities. From fundraising, organising events, creating and facilitating training courses, setting up and running a global learning Institute for practitioners, schools and parents, to championing the needs of children and helping to influence government policy, and supporting others to deliver Play and Creative Arts Therapy services too. We really do punch above our weight for a tiny team!

Whilst we sadly weren’t able to host the 10-year celebratory party we had hoped for, we would like to thank all of the supporters, including our Trustee board, our generous donors, and friends who have helped Clear Sky to deliver services to hundreds of children, teachers, practitioners, parents, carers and our business partners across the last decade.

We’d also like to say a big thank you to Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood, who generously allow us to use their beautiful Estate to house our office and training space, which makes an enormous difference to us as a small charity.

We are looking forward to working with many more schools, families, practitioners and making new friends in the next 10 years, and to helping the Play and Creative Arts Therapeutic profession to get the support and recognition it rightly deserves!

Thank you.

You can continue to support Clear Sky here: https://www.justgiving.com/clearsky

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