PowerUp is a dynamic programme for children whose parents have separated or are going through the process of separation and divorce. PowerUP aims to help children work through these changes in a healthy way leading to increased levels of positivity and resilience.
PowerUP has been written to specifically address the needs of children aged 6 to 11 who are facing major changes in their lives due to the separation and/or divorce of their parents.
For too long we have believed that children will bounce back in spite of the challenges they have experienced. We now know this is not the case and that we need to stop, listen and equip them with the skills to not just cope but to flourish. This programme seeks to create a safe space in which children can freely express their emotions as they begin to navigate this transition in their own individual way and in their own time.
PowerUP uses stories and characters to model situations and coping strategies. The stories help children explore what is happening in their lives from a comfortable distance by observing the characters in the story. The group situation helps them understand they are not the only ones experiencing this change. The atmosphere is fun, relaxed and positive.
Adapting to Change
The programme runs over eight weeks. There is a graduation evening on the final evening that the whole family may attend.
PowerUP is a Christian-based programme for children aged 6 to 11 where each child is buddied up with a coach for the duration of the programme. All coaches and volunteers hold current Police Checks.
The evening starts with games and a meal, then moves into big group story and learning time, followed by small group coaching time. The programme takes place in a large room where children and coaches are supervised at all times.
Gayle is a Chaplain who has worked with children for over 25 years. She is passionate about creating a safe space for children to process their feelings and responses to the changes in their circumstances. She has run divorce/separation recovery programmes for children at Windsor Park Baptist Church for more than a decade and has been so encouraged by the positive feedback received from both the children and their parents.
Gayle has three adult daughters and loves nothing better than spending time with her family and friends. If you are ever looking for her, try checking the garden first!
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