In September the Yo-Yo Project held its annual gallery opening event to celebrate artwork created by the young people it supports.

The artwork was created by 30 young artists who have been receiving support from Farleigh Hospices’ Children’s Bereavement Service, the Yo-Yo Project.

Children were invited to create artwork in connection with their deceased loved one(s), helping them to express feelings and memories in a creative way using paints, craft materials, clay and recyclable items.

Mark Cobbin, Farleigh Hospice’s Manager for Family Support and Bereavement, explains, “The children who are involved in our Art Gallery each year never cease to amaze me with their talent, creativity and emotional energy. It is a really special project to be involved in and every single child should be really proud of themselves.”

The Yo-Yo Project works with children from age 4 to 18. The service is open to any child or young person in the mid Essex community who is facing the loss of someone special or who is bereaved, regardless of whether or not they have a connection with Farleigh Hospice. Most of the support is offered during one-to-one sessions, with our skilled team of counsellors and therapeutic social workers. The team also run groups and family gatherings during the year, offering parents, carers and children to meet with others in a similar situation.

For more information about the Yo-Yo Project, please visit www.farleighhospice.org/bereavement-support or call 01245 457416.