James was living in The Whitechapel's Yates Court, one of our specialist facility for families who find themselves homeless. Becoming homeless had been very unsettling for James and as a result he had become quieter and had developed trouble mixing and socialising with other children. His mum said he only really seemed happy when he sat by himself playing with Lego and that he was a really talented model maker.
In order try to help James settle in, and get to know the other children in the centre, our Children and Young Person Project Worker, Sue, organised a Lego Therapy session over the school holidays and invited all the children. But when the day arrived James stayed in his flat, too shy to join the twenty other children.
Knowing that James just needed a little care and reassurance Sue went and spoke with James and explained everything that would happen and then promised that if he came along she’d look after him.
James was still wary but Sue paired him with a child who didn’t speak English. This really took the pressure off James, who was still shy about talking, and they had to work together and follow instructions using non-verbal communication and play. In the end they’d made a wonderful, fierce Lego monster and were very proud of themselves.
James continues to gain more and more confidence and Sue knows this is only the first step - she’ll keep finding creative, fun ways for James to build his self-worth and move forward happily in his life for as long as he needs it.