On this page we aim to bring you information about services at The Wish Centre during this period as well as resources for safety and wellbeing for both adults and children, important telephone numbers and information from other services in the area.
Currently there are no face to face appointments taking place at The Wish Centre however services will continue to be provided via telephone, Zoom, WhatsApp, email or your preferred contact method. All those who were attending groups should have been contacted by your group facilitator directly to arrange 1 to 1 sessions via video call or Zoom. If you have not been contacted please call us on 01254 260465. Our Children's Team will be contacting all children who were attended groups with options on how to keep in touch. They will also be contacting all children currently on the waiting list. Any new referrals into any part of the service will be contacted as normal. Refuge continues to operate. IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER CALL 999.
Our Live Chat is available via this website each weekday from 10am - 12 noon and 2pm - 4 pm
Children & Young People's Resources
This plan aims to help children feel safer in a home where there is domestic abuse. This plan should be completed by the child with a trusted adult. The adult should carefully consider the guide for safety planning before completing the plan with the child.
Whilst this is a confusing time for adults, some children may find their feelings about lockdown and the anxiety around Covid-19 upsetting and occasionally overwhelming. This time capsule booklet can be completed by a child, with support and guidance from a trusted adult, to help them explore their feelings as well as some of the positives about the situation. It's also something that can be kept to look back on - we are living through a moment in history, the likes of which we've never seen before.
This book, published specifically for children, helps explain the virus, the need for schools to be closed and us all be at home in a very child friendly way. There's also some links to further helpful resources on the last page of the book.
These are two great You Tube videos to help older and younger children understand and deal with anxiety. The first is for older children, the second for younger ones.
The following are a range of resources, developed by our Children & Young People's Worker. They aim to encourage children to think and talk about their whole range of feelings and find positive ways of coping with them.
This resource provides an opportunity for young people to consider what is healthy and unhealthy in a relationship. It's a good way for a parent or carer to open up an honest discussion if they have concerns. The examples used here are appropriate for secondary age young people but different examples can be used depending on the individual child/young person.
This document lists websites that provide useful information for children and young people around domestic abuse, mental health, relationship issues, bullying, substance use and anger. The links in the document are clickable and will take you directly to the site.
If you are isolated with your abuser, the first thing you need to know is that our service remains open. You can contact us in all the usual ways - 01254 260465 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a chatline which runs each day between 10am and 12 noon via our website.
Safety planning whilst in isolation can be a little different to safety planning at other times. This is our guide to safety planning which isolated.
During this time, self-care is more important than ever. Current government restrictions on our movements, although for the best reasons, can have an impact on our mental health. The very fact that things seem so uncertain countrywide can lead to anxiety. Hopefully our self-care tips will help you keep your wellbeing on track.
If you are concerned about your own behaviour towards your partner or another family member, this is our guide to help you remain calm and non-abusive. Our team continue to take referrals from individuals who are worried about the way they are behaving towards a partner or loved one. We are a RESPECT accredited organisation.
This is a great fact sheet to help with feeling emotionally safe and helping your children feel emotionally safe at the current time. It's been produced by Rock Pool Life, an organisation headed up by the wonderful Sue Penna, the lady who wrote Recovery Toolkit - a fabulous, self esteem building course, that we use at The Wish Centre. We've added the link to Rock Pool's website as they intend to share more fact sheets over the next few weeks.
This document lists websites that provide useful information for parents seeking to support children and young people around domestic abuse, mental health, relationship issues, bullying, substance use and anger. The links in the document are clickable and will take you directly to the site.
This download aims to offer some advice and guidance for people who are concerned about the safety of a friend, family member, neighbour or member of their community.
Useful Telephone Numbers
CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably - Freephone or webchat (5pm until midnight) everyday - for those who are anxious, worried, unhappy or lonely - 0800 585858
Samaritans - 116 123 open 24 hours a day
Right Lines - online support if you or someone you know is self-harming - www.rightlines.co.uk
Listening Service Lancashire 0800 915 4640. Monday to Friday 7pm to 11pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 midday to 12 midnight. www.lancs-mentalhealtthhelpline.nhs.uk
Young Minds - for young people wanting advice & information about mental health & wellbeing.Parents/Carers helpline 0808 802 5544
BEAT - the UK's eating disorder charity.For anyone affected by an eating disorder or anyone supporting them - www.beatingdisorder.org.uk
FRANK - drugs helpline - 0300 123 6600, www.talktofrank.com or text 82111
Papyrus - the UK's charity for the prevention of young suicide - 0800 068 4141. 9am to 10pm weekdays, 2pm to 10pm weekends.
SHOUT - text service offered by Crisis 85258
BwD Covid-19 Help Hub - if you are in need of food, concerned about paying bills or in need of support for your mental wellbeing 01254 588111
Other services offering support, advice and things to do in Blackburn with Darwen
The Billy Project is a project based at Unit 2 Fitness for Women in Blackburn. They are offering reduced price membership for 4 months which includes home workouts, daily challenges, meal planning & ideas plus lots of support and motivation. If you're working with us at The Wish Centre, you can ask your key worker if a referral would be appropriate. Or you can contact them at email@example.com or find them on Facebook:The Billy Project Twitter:@BillyProjectCIC Instagram:@thebillyproject