Updated: Jan 18
CLEAR are a Cornish charity who work with children, young people and adults who have experienced or are experiencing emotional trauma and abuse. They comprise of a multi-disciplinary therapy team who are dedicated to the highest levels of care and support to connect and engage with members of the community all around Cornwall.
CLEAR's mission is to help children, young people
and adults to heal from emotional trauma and to
prevent and reduce its occurrence.
CLEAR deliver psycho-education to families and work closely with other important mental health organisations around the county. At their Centre of Excellence they bring together training, research, learning and resources for professionals and practitioners to assist them to become trauma-informed and supported.
CLEAR's children's service is both registered and accredited by the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and their counselling services work to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. Each therapist is also registered with their profession's governing body such as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and adhere to their ethical standards to provide a high standard of care for every individual.
CLEAR offer art therapies (music, art, play and drama), person centred counselling, psychotherapy, CBT, EMDR and a range of psychotherapeutic interventions to meet a range of ages and needs in the Cornish community. As those of who live in the South West know, Cornish communities are spread out into little isolated villages with many mini-hubs rather than a large city calling all the shots (sorry Truro!). Even without Covid-19 looming over our heads, these communities can seem very quiet and bleak in the winter months and disproportionately overcome with tourists in the summer.
Many people live below the breadline - and we all know that London pay rates just don't materialise as they should as they filter down the country. With such a tourist-reliant wage, many people struggle to keep an even cash flow throughout the year with jobs so reliant on the summer holidays and a 'good season'. So on a good day, it is often hard for families to make ends meet.
Emotional trauma takes many forms, and sometimes people need a little help to express and regulate their emotions. Traumatic experiences which shape reality and daily life are very real and happen throughout Cornwall every day.
This is where CLEAR come in. They can help bridge the gap between feeling as though there is no help or support, and the NHS hospital services which are available in each area or the county. Some times waiting lists can be long and it can feel as though there is no one out there. CLEAR are here to support families with whatever they are going through and I am privileged to work for them as a music therapist, supporting children and young people throughout the North of Cornwall.
They can't do this without your support and this year has been especially hard, with no face to face fundraising or events.
If you want to support a wonderful local organisation doing incredible things in Cornwall, you can donate at https://clearsupport.net/donate
To find out more information about what CLEAR is all about visit the website by clicking the link below.
Thank's for reading!