Feedback from those that matter most

At CaraCare we view success through the eyes of the children. What that looks like to us is that they are having fun, sharing their pain in a safe way and connecting with each other, their families and friends.

During Terms 2 and 3, we offered 5 programs – Having a Go, Faery Garden, Rising Up Singing Out, Writing and Wrapped in Angels for boys. This is what some of the kids had to say about their CaraCare experience.

Creating new positive memories

As we know, certain smells can tie us strongly to a memory, whether it be good or bad. This process in the brain is called somatosensory flashback and is recalled long before a narrative memory is formed. Young children in particular often associate certain smells with their traumatic experiences.  Equally, to create new positive memories, it is important to incorporate smell as part of the healing process.

Pilot program Rising Up, Singing Out brings tears to our eyes

Rising Up, Singing Out is a new program piloted in Term 2. As well as the direct personal harm suffered, abuse silences children and young people. Children are forced to be silent to protect themselves or others and convinced that no-one will believe them if they disclose abuse. Rising Up, Singing Out was developed to create a space for children and young people’s voices in the form of a song.

Secret Scent Joins CaraCare to Care for Kids

Having a bank of experts contributing to the programmes, Mary Jo also saw the need for a sensory experience to help the children through smell. As we all know, certain smells can tie us strongly to a memory, whether it be good or bad. This process in the brain is called somatosensory flashback and is recalled long before a narrative memory is formed. Young children in particular often associate certain smells with their traumatic experiences. Equally, to create new positive memories, it is important to incorporate smell as part of the healing process.