Last week, our youngest group – The Key girl’s group – came to the end of the programme. For some group members, this meant their final session when they move on to other things (other groups, individual support or no longer needing any support). As The Key is a rolling programme (meaning that people can start at any point and finish after completing a set number of sessions), the rest of the group are staying with us. It was a time for everyone to think about how far they’ve come while they’ve been with us, whether for 5 sessions or 15, and to think about all of the coping mechanisms they’ve learnt.
The first flower showswhere they were before they came to The Key, where they used words like ‘alone’ and ‘depressed’.
The middle one shows where they are now, ‘more control & stable’, ‘Happy’ and ‘not overdosing or cutting’.
Throughout the programme, we’ve talked about being kind to ourselves, especially when the world around us doesn’t feel so kind. We can receive so many negative messages about ourselves from partners, family, the media and society in general that it’s so important to take time to love ourselves. Again, the girls thought about all of the sessions they’ve done with us, including those on abusive relationships, healthy family and friendships, self-harm, self-esteem and managing difficult emotions and came up with these ‘gratitude mirrors’.
The mirrors are there for when we are feeling down or rubbish about ourselves, as reminders of how amazing we are. The girls came up with amazing positive messages including things like ‘I am capable of so much’, ‘You always do just fine’, ‘Everyone believes in you’ and ‘Never forget who you are’.
For some of us, it’s taken a really long time to be able to believe these things about ourselves so it’s especially powerful when a group of us believe them.
If you or someone you know would like to join The Key Girls Group we currently have spaces, it’s for girls 13+, we meet weekly in the city centre after school/ college and we provide transport. Get in touch with us on 2762851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org