Adfam Family Voices Competition – winner!

CASA Family Service in Islington run monthly workshops for children and their parents where they learn together about drugs and alcohol and their impact on children and families, play games, find fun ways to express their feelings, and eat pizza (not necessarily in that order…). During the October workshop the children were read the first in the series of Beamer comic books, co-written by Tom Drennon and Jerry Moe, who runs the Children’s Programme at the Betty Ford in California. The comics chart the adventures of a lightbulb boy whose parents struggle with drugs and alcohol.

It is rare indeed to find books that appeal to children and which bring their own experiences to life in a real way. And it is so often a family secret that simply reading about another child’s real or fictional account of living with these challenges can bring relief. Beamer was read as a way of inspiring the children to write their own stories of being affected by another’s drug or alcohol problem, as part of the Adfam Family Voices competition. The children applied themselves to this task with touching enthusiasm and produced very moving stories.

It was therefore a joy to learn that Kim, aged 11, had been placed as a runner-up. As part of her prize she attended Adfam’s star-studded Carol Concert with her mum on December 4th where her story was read aloud by a celebrity. She was bowled over to receive a £100 cheque, too. Her prize-winning entry can be viewed here: http://www.adfam.org.uk/cms/docs/fvrunnerup1.pdf

Strength

One day, there was a poor lady. She said to my mum, ‘would you like to go to the pub?’

My mum said, ‘no thanks.’

Then the lady followed my mum and my mum stopped to make sure she didn’t follow her home.

Suddenly she said, ‘just have some alcohol with me!’

My mum replied, ‘please stop asking me to drink, I’m trying to recover.’

The lady said, ‘you should not have stopped because it helps your problems.’

Mum said, ‘we all have problems and drinking is not one of them.’

She went through a lot while drinking. So I pulled my mum and said, ‘come mum, we are safe at home.’

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