How we make a difference

Bounce Back 4 Kids

In 2022-23 at Bounce Back 4 Kids…

We supported


children and


parents recovering from the trauma of domestic abuse through group programmes, individual support and play therapy

Sand jar, feelings mask, worry box and head full of emotions created by children during BB4K groups


BB4K group programmes were run


children received play therapy


hours of group support were provided


hours of individual support were provided

We received


child referrals, an increase of14%compared to last year

Almost half of children referred were aged8-10years old

Increase of referrals year on year
Ages of children referred

Percentage of parents who recorded a positive or sustained improvement in each outcome area:

Emotion and affection
Play and enjoyment
Empathy and understanding
Discipline and setting boundaries
Self acceptance
Learning and knowledge

More achievements from Bounce Back 4 Kids…

  • Out of the 133 parents supported, 4 were fathers
  • 218 parents and children aged 5-11 were supported through the 5-11s programme and individual support
  • 42 parents and children aged under 5 were supported through the under 5s group programme and individual support
  • 48% of referrals came from West Berkshire, 25.5 % from Reading, 25.5% from Oxfordshire and 1% from Wokingham
  • 7 parents and 7 children attended drama workshops provided in partnership with Reading Rep Theatre

“The children are all achieving incredible things at school and doing after school activities, but most of all they’re just enjoying every minute of their childhood in such a more relaxed and happy environment.”

“For the first time, [child] recognises that a ‘feeling’ in his tummy can mean he’s worried, scared etc. He has been able to vocalise this to me which has helped as I can comfort him.”

– BB4K parent

“We have found the support received from BB4K to be invaluable especially for Troy’s mental wellbeing… With the continued support, we are all confident Troy will go from strength to strength.”

Feedback from children

This short film contains feedback from children who attended BB4K group programmes.

(To protect identities, feedback has been read out by volunteers and voices are not those of children participating in the programme.)