BHT Sussex is appealing for donations of fabric, ribbons, postcards and other items to make up Soothing Kits with clients at our Threshold Women’s Service.
Threshold provides specialist support for women living in BHT services and other selected services in Brighton who are struggling with the impact of trauma on their life.
On 17 June, Threshold will be starting The Missing Link, a new psychoeducational group for BHT Sussex and Oasis Project clients, which aims to help them understand trauma and how it affects the brain. The group also aims at supporting clients to build on a sense of safety, partly providing grounding and soothing techniques, and working on making Soothing Kits, which are boxes or bags that clients will fill with sensory items such as those listed below.
If you are able to donate any of the items below and drop them to our London Road office then please get in touch with us at [email protected]
Items needed for Soothing Kits:
- Small boxes of different sizes (e.g. shoe or boots boxes)
- Small fabric cuts (different materials -fuzzy, furry, velvet etc.)
- Postcards/photos/images from magazines of peaceful sceneries – also Affirmation cards
- Figurines (miniature toys)
- Gems and stones (plastic ones are ok)
- Scented lotion or spray
- Aromatherapy oils
- Incense sticks
- Small jar of spices, cinnamon sticks, cloves, or dried lavender
- Art supplies
- Playdough, or putty
- Fidgety toys and stress ball
- Tactile beads
- Feather and shells
- Elastic bands
Babi Abis, Specialist Worker at Threshold Women’s Services, said:
The Missing Link group will give clients an understanding of trauma, triggers and trauma responses by encouraging light-hearted conversations about the consequences of having experienced trauma and how to start healing from it. Clients can keep and refer to their soothing kit whenever they are feeling triggered, or they need to access a soothing feeling of calm and safety.