Cambridgeshire drama project to help young Afghan refugees cope with new life in UK

A SPECIAL drama project has been set up in Cambridgeshire to help young Afghan refugees cope with their new life in the UK.

Drama therapy sessions have been set up by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) to work with groups of eight to 12 young people to explore the difficulties of trying to fit into a new culture.

Story-telling, role play and artwork are just a few methods being used during the project in Peterborough.

Jean Francois, who leads the workshop, said: “The workshop highlights the social and emotional needs of young Afghani boys.

“Isolation and a lack of understanding create additional difficulties to the multiple problems associated with exile.”

After completing the workshop the refugees are encouraged to return two days later to talk about their experiences. A number of young people identified from the sessions will then then work with the Yashmin group - which involves agencies that work with refugees throughout the year.

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