CARIB2UK a charitable incorporated organization (CIO) based in the United Kingdom recently held a workshop in partnership with I AM A GIRL Barbados on Saturday August 8th 2015 at the Lester Vaughan Secondary School.
CARIB2UK works with young people between the ages of 5-18 years old in the UK and CARICOM through creative expressive workshops. The CIO started out as a social enterprise in 2006 and has gotten charity status in 2015.
They offer individual and group drama therapy which is a psychological therapy that provides support for a variety of issues e.g. mental health issues, anxiety and depression and for those who have been through dramatic experiences.
I AM A GIRL Barbados works with ‘at-risk’ young girls in Barbados through mentorship programmes which cater to building them up mentally and emotionally to be productive individuals in society.
Janeen Wilson, drama-therapist and Director of CARIB2UK said the aim of her organization was to “support children and young people of Afro-Caribbean descend in the UK”. She went on to say that being in Barbados and working alongside I AM A GIRL Barbados that she is hoping that the transferring of skills and techniques between the two organizations on how to reach our youth can take place.
The London based organization has been trying to combat the high level of racism there. Wilson added that because black children can’t see themselves in the therapists who are usually white it leaves the children at a severe disadvantage.
“Psychotherapy, psychology and psychiatry are fields that are extremely under represented by blacks in the UK" noted Wilson. She added that if blacks are not in these fields they cannot help the children and that is the void that CARIB2UK is trying to fill.
She said of her organization that “we want to remind young girls that we are an international community and what is going on for them in Barbados is also going on for girls in London”. Wilson is hoping to fulfil the aim of creating international exchange for children and young people for a therapeutic and creative purpose.