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It is our mission to help make valuable learning tools accessible for all of Bermuda’s children; to support parents as they seek out developmental resources; to spark a love of learning as our children play, explore & create, and to encourage the child-parent-family bond and relationship.
Yes, we are a small business, but we know that – together with our customers – we can make a big difference in our community.
We are thrilled to announce our first partnership with Family Centre – Bermuda Registered Charity #378.
Please read the message below from the Family Centre Counselling Team to learn more about how the gift of Bright Isle products will be of great use for children and families at the Family Centre.
For more information about Family Centre, please visit www.tfc.bm
Statement from the Family Centre Counselling Team
Children and families can heal together when they play together. Play provides emotional distance for kids to safely explore traumatizing memories and events. Play is a fun and enjoyable activity that allows children and families to connect. Play relieves children from feelings of stress, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, and regulates emotions. Play helps children to address and resolve their problems. Play therapy allows children to learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others.
Play therapy is used by our Counsellors at the Family Centre to support children who have challenges socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. During play therapy sessions, children build their executive functioning, as they learn to manage time, focus, plan, and organize, all through the modality of play. During Family session counsellors engage the children and parents in Game Play Therapy to support self-awareness, self-expression, family communication, and relational attachment amongst family members. In Game Play Therapy, board games, toys and card games are used, to work on coping when you lose, playing fair, celebrating the success of others, and consistently working to reach a goal. Group Play Therapy is also facilitated, which involve the children having play interactions between two or more children under the facilitation of a therapist. Children work on having empathy for others and developing emotional intelligence by picking up emotional cues from their peers as they play together. In Group Play Therapy, kids build their creativity and imagination, which can support their academic learning.
– Susan Richardson, Director of Counselling Services
– Alisha Mecene, Counselling Team Leader
Family Centre has been strengthening children and their families in our community for 30 years. We have three pillars of service. Counselling services are provided to children ages 4 to 18 and their families. We give them care, nurture and teach coping skills to overcome emotional, social and behavioural challenges. Our services are free and confidential. Through our community outreach programmes (Youth Leadership Academy and Beyond Rugby), we reach middle and high school youth who might not otherwise access counselling. Youth benefit from learning how to stay motivated in school, foster positive relationships, access needed resources and build a successful future for themselves. The focus of our advocacy and prevention services is to empower other professionals, schools, businesses, parents and the community at large with the knowledge, resources and support they need to ensure the wellbeing of Bermuda’s children. Advocacy services include delivery of workshops, presentations, and panel appearances; public awareness campaigns and collaboration with other agencies. Family Centre gives hope to families that a brighter day will come, showing children and families that they have the tools within themselves to create a better future.
– Dr. Sandy De Silva, PsyD, Family Centre Executive Director