Introduction of Little Angel Project
Caritas Little Angel Project was a supportive and developmental project for children of parents with mental illness (COPMI) held in 2016-2019 and supported by The Community Chest. The project aimed to provide support for children of parents with mental illness and family members holistically by means of creative arts and family interventions to strengthen family resilience. During the project, 1817 children and family benefited from the project, including sandplay assessment, creative arts activities, drama activities, parallel Workshops and interactive drama in a labelling-free therapeutic environment. Most of the participated families reported with enhanced self-acceptance, enhanced sense of hope and reduced of stress after joining the project. It is a good news that COPMIs service has become regular and long term service subvented by the Hong Kong SAR government in all the 24 Integrated Community Centre for Mental Wellness (ICCMW) throughout Hong Kong since 2018.
Creative Arts Group
–Used different art means like drawing, music, dancing and writing to help participants express own thoughts and feelings.
– Used imaginative drama games to help participants reflect their daily intractions with parents into drama scence, to articulate their emotions and to show their wishes towards family.
Parellel workshops and parent- child activities
– Nourished parent-chlld relationship through ineractive workshops to enhance positive family interaction.
Community Interactive drama
– Created a Drama “The Squirrel Alliance” with Laughter Yoga elements to increase the awareness towards stress and educate stress management skills like deep breath and positive with audiences.
School interactive drama
- Recruited secondary school students to compose and perform a drama in community theater which emphasized care, understanding and companionship are important to adolescents.