Project helps teens overcome divorce

JPNS-29-09-11-111 Divorce
JPNS-29-09-11-111 Divorce
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A Bicester-based charity’s project helping teenagers cope with family breakups has been chosen for national funding this Christmas.

The OYAP Trust, based in Launton Road, will run theatre and film workshops in partnership with the Oxfordshire Family Mediation Service as part of the new Fragments project.

But the project is set to get national recognition after being chosen for the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012, a national fundraising initiative which doubles the amount raised by matching online donations with pledges from anonymous donors.

Supporters can double their contribution by donating online at 10am on December 6, 7 and 8.

An OYAP Trust spokesperson said: “Up to 50 per cent of children in the UK experience parental separation before the age of 16.

“Christmas can be an uncertain, frustrating and upsetting time for children whose parents live separately.

“The first Christmas following divorce can bring the realisation that the family has changed forever.

“In a groundbreaking project, OYAP Trust and Oxfordshire Family Mediation will join forces to create theatre and film workshops exploring the effects of separation and divorce on teenagers.”

The project aims to give teenagers space and support to deal with difficult situations, and will culminate in a film created by those taking part.

The project has been given a £10,000 grant by Children in Need to develop first-phase workshops in local schools, and a further £8,000 will support the second phase.

It is hoped the film will reach a national audience.

Visit www.oyap.org.uk or www.ofm.org.uk for more information about Fragments and The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012.