Acorns was founded in 1999 by Cath Lawson after she identified a gap in services that provided specialist support to families whose lives had been impacted by domestic abuse.
Cath believed that in response to the views of children young people and their families that a therapeutic model of one to one counselling was the way forward. Cath had a vision of a place where children and their families could take ownership, feel safe, feel important and be part of their own recovery.
Acorns started with a pilot project offering one to one counselling sessions, it was exciting yet scary! Afterwards, listening to positive feedback from children, parents and carers, the project went from strength to strength.
Over the years we have learned so much from the children and families we have worked with and we have developed as an organisation in areas such as outreach work with children and young people and advice and support work with parents and carers.
Acorns hopes to continue what it started…offering children, young people and their families a safe space to recover and nuture important relationships.
The Aims of Acorns
- To offer a safe, supportive, accepting environment for children, young people and families who have experienced domestic violence and abuse.
- To develop therapeutic and support services to meet client need.
- To facilitate communication between statutory and voluntary agencies working with children and families who have experienced domestic violence and abuse.
- To place the experience of domestic violence and abuse within a societal framework, which acknowledges injustice on the grounds of race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, class and age.
- To inform children and young people and families about where they can access help and support
- To work in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies towards providing effective services to support children, young people and families who have experienced domestic violence and abuse.
Who is the service for?
Acorns is open to children and young people between the ages of 4 and 18 years who live in North Tyneside and who are living with the effects of domestic violence. The project welcomes all children and young people within our age range and area regardless of their race, culture, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation. And it is free.