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What is All About Me, for adults

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All About Me is a creative space to help you to understand who you are today, explore what's happening right now, and tell us your hopes and dreams for the future.

What are Creative Experiences?

All About Me Creative Experiences are facilitated by an Artist and a Therapeutic Social Worker (a member of staff
from Darlington Borough Council).

The Therapeutic Social Worker will be in the room to support you and your child pastorally. They will also be responsible for safeguarding during the sessions too.

There will be six All About Me Creative Experience sessions in total, as well as an introductory session, each lasting ninety minutes. Between April 2021 and September 2021 sessions will take place online.

During All About Me Creative Experiences, your child / young person will be supported to think about the following themes:

  • Who am I?
  • What are my favourite things?
  • How do I feel?
  • Who is in my life?
  • Who do I live with?
  • What plans do I have for the future?

Your child / young person will have the chance to create something to document their involvement.

Other children and young people and their supporting adults will be in the sessions too. There will be no more than fifteen children / young people and adults present.

Before taking part, your child / young person will be able to choose which Artist they would like to work with.

We will make the sessions as accessible for you and your child / young person as possible.

What is your role as a supporting adult?

We hope that by taking part, your child / young person has the chance to understand who they are today, explore what's happening right now and their hopes and dreams for the future.

Your role is to support your child / young person to engage with and explore these themes during each session, and between sessions too.

The All About Me Creative Experiences will include creative activities which might be a bit messy. Where possible, find an appropriate space in your home for you and your child to take part online.

As the sessions are online, you will need access to a suitable device, ideally a laptop, computer or tablet. Wifi will also be needed.

We will provide information beforehand explaining how to access the online sessions and we will also support you with any technical issues during the introductory session.

The All About Me Creative Experiences may bring up things which are challenging or difficult for your child / young person and for you.

We will share information with you before sessions start, explaining what support is in place for you, and for your child / young person if challenges arise.

First step

Your child / young person can choose which Artist they would like to work with. Please take a look at each of the Artists pages to help them make this decision:

Once your child / young person has chosen the Artist they want to work with, please notify your child’s Social Worker who will be responsible for completing an Information Form with input from you and your child / young person.

Before sessions start

We will confirm which Artist your child will be working with. We will also confirm the dates and times of each session, and provide you with a link to access them online.

You will be supplied with all of the materials (a creative pack) for the online sessions approximately one week before the introductory session. This creative pack is an essential part of All About Me Creative Experiences - we ask that the pack is kept safe and to hand, ready for your child / young person’s weekly online sessions.

Please log into the online sessions so that you arrive on time.

After each session

A dedicated Therapeutic Social Worker will keep in contact with you throughout and will also seek your feedback during the sessions as well.

We will be asking you and your child / young person how things have gone. We will listen to your feedback and make any changes we can to support you to be involved.

Key contact

Joanne Stoddart, Head of Service

Something missing?

If you feel that any important information or guidance might be missing, or you would like to make a recommendation for how this toolkit can be improved, please:

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