Case Studies

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The Play Bus which helps troubled tots turn corners
Mum, Donna, had survived domestic abuse and had started a new life with James, but when 6-year-old Holly started showing signs of trauma, the whole family was affected. With the Play Bus, we helped Holly and her older sister to move forwards and gave the whole family the support they needed to build a better future.
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Lifeline for families fleeing abuse
Life can be extremely tough for victims of domestic abuse, especially when children are involved. When Sophie, teenage mum to two-year-old Joshua, was referred to one of our children's centres by social services, she was in a very dark place. Her relationship with Joshua's dad was mentally and psychologically abusive and he was often aggressive. Our work set about turning Sophie and Joshua's lives around. Following the Triple R programme, Sophie is now much more confident and is preparing to volunteer with Spurgeons.
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Visiting Dad in prison
Four-year-old Imran is severely autistic and couldn’t to visit his dad Ahmed in prison because he would be unable to cope with the number of people and level of noise. His mother Meryam spoke to Spurgeons, who were able to arrange for a prison visit in a quieter environment than the noisy visits hall. This greatly helped the bond between Imran and Ahmed and meant he was able to adjust to his father’s subsequent return home too.
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Protecting an internet whizz
When Sarah realised that her son Jake was an internet whizz, she decided it was time to step up her skills. Jake, who is on the autistic spectrum, has a passion for spending large amounts of time online. Sarah was aware that there were dangers online and that she didn’t have the knowledge to protect her son. She and Jake met with the team at Phoenix and we worked with them both to create an action plan.
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Preventing sexual exploitation
As a 15-year-old girl with autism, Holly didn’t understand the dangers presented by social media. Holly had trouble coping with her parents’ separation and began exploring online relationships with older men. She didn’t understand that visiting internet chatrooms was exposing her to the serious risks of grooming and exploitation. Thanks to Spurgeons’ Phoenix Project, Holly and her mum were able to get the help they needed and Holly’s vulnerability and online risks have significantly reduced.
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Coping with the stress of being a young carer
Erin, 15, is an only child living with her parents in rural Wiltshire. She is a young carer, helping her dad care for her mum, who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS). Erin was referred to Spurgeons by her school, when her parents mentioned they were worried that she was struggling with the stress of looking after her mum and becoming isolated from her friends. Through our support, Erin is now much more confident and is even helping and supporting other young carers.
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Learning how to become better parents
Ellie was a teenager when she had Maya. Now in a relationship with Dean, they also have a baby Harry. Because of Harry’s ill health, Ellie was exhausted and depressed, so she approached Spurgeons for help. As well as receiving support for her depression, Ellie and Dean went on a parenting course, improving their relationship and helping Ellie to become a more confident and happy mum.
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Helping children smile again
Neither Angie nor her one-year-old daughter Amy had much cause to smile. Angie’s partner hurt her and she felt alone, isolated and unable to cope. Following a referral from a health visitor, Spurgeons got involved to help Angie turn her life around. From counselling, to getting Angie and Amy involved in mother and toddler groups, our interventions helped Angie become stronger. She learned how to support her children and give them the life they deserve – and Amy was able to smile and laugh with other children.
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Being a young carer to your whole family
Alex, 16, has been a carer since he was just nine years old. He spends over five hours a day caring for three members of his family: his mum, who has multiple sclerosis; his nan, who is a double amputee; and his granddad who has suffered from a series of strokes. Alex’s caring role is very demanding; for many people this would be too much but Alex is a remarkable teenager. Not only does he care for his family in between school but he also spends his limited spare time being part of Spurgeons young carers’ committee and volunteering for the MS Society.
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Coping with Dad in prison
14-year-old Jade was struggling to cope with the fact her father was in prison and it was badly affecting her school work. Spurgeons’ staff noticed her distress during a Family Day visit at HMP Wandsworth and spoke to her mum Carol. Jade was put in touch with a link support worker through her school and was given a support plan and one-to-one sessions to help her understand and develop coping strategies.
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