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View recent newsCambridge Water gives a Blue Smile to school children

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Cambridge Water is supporting a new charity created to provide a lifeline to vulnerable children suffering from emotional and behavioural problems.

Blue Smile offers counselling to children aged three to 13 experiencing a variety of issues such as bullying, depression, neglect or abuse at home.

Its aim is to provide support early in a child’s life, by helping them to deal with painful feelings and experiences and learn better coping strategies using an arts-based approach. Such early intervention can really turn things around for them and break the cycle of deprivation.

The water company is supporting the charity with a £300 grant that will pay for the Blue Smile team to go into a Cambridgeshire school for one day.

Amanda Langford, Blue Smile’s project director, said: “Blue Smile was only launched in 2010, but already we are getting more and more requests from head teachers to spend time with the children.

“To date we have worked with six schools in Cambridge Water’s supply area. We use pictures, puppets and role play to help children communicate their fears in a way not possible with words alone.

“Our principle of early intervention helps to prevent mental health problems from developing, which in turn can impact on health, social wellbeing, unemployment and crime.”

Every quarter Cambridge Water donates money to local community groups and good causes that operate within the Cambridge Water supply area. The money can be used to fund a wide variety of initiatives, ranging from equipment for sports clubs to toys for playgroups. It can also be used to fund special projects, such as building bat boxes or establishing nature reserves.

If you would like to apply please visit www.cambridge-water.co.uk.

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Pic caption: Amanda Langford, Blue Smile’s project director, is pictured right, with Lesley Birch, headteacher at Histon and Impington Junior School

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