We've got a lot going on! Have a read below to find out about just some of the projects we're currently-or have recently been-involved with.
If you want to know more about any of these programmes, just contact us, and don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list for updates
from us about what we're up to, and what's coming up.
Derbyshire Virtual School Young Mums Group
Derbyshire County Council’s ‘Virtual School’ provides education for young people not in mainstream school; mostly those who are in-or are transitioning from-the care system. As part of their ‘Creative Mentoring’ programme, we’re working with a small group of care-leavers who are now young mums themselves, and through a range of practical activities and facilitated discussions, they are creatively exploring what it means for them to be parents in a safe space. By using creative ‘out-of-the-box’ approaches, these young women are learning about early brain development in ways which are
building their knowledge, skills and confidence; to nurture their children’s cognitive, social & emotional growth; to strengthen their relationships
with them; and to essentially take their kids on a different journey through childhood than that which they experienced themselves.
‘Empowered Parenting’, Nottinghamshire
This is a recent venture we’ve developed in response to the huge number of parents who have spoken to us in recent years about how, as parents,
they can use the information and knowledge that we share; from before baby is born to the turbulent adolescent years.
In particular, many parents express how powerless they feel in supporting their child at key points in the journey of childhood,
and the struggles they experience with issues such as school expectations, behaviour, mental health etc.
We launched ‘Empowered Parenting’ in Nov 2018; introducing easy-to-understand info & essential knowledge to support parents with some of their greatest concerns and worries. Click here for info on our forthcoming sessions.
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'Fire & Wire', East Midlands
In 2017, we began working as part of consortium partnership with the National Youth Agency, Platform Thirty1 and Applied Psychologies,
designing a programme called ‘Fire & Wire’ as part of an application for a £1.8 million grant released by Spirit of 2012 and #IWill,
in response to the growing concern around girl's mental health nationally, combined with the centenary of women’s suffrage.
From a total of 20 applications, Fire & Wire was one of only two finalists eventually shortlisted to receive a development grant, which we used
to help groups of girls in ex-coalfield areas to explore how their brains work through ‘Chimp Paradox’ theory, using activities such as Forum Theatre.
Although Fire & Wire sadly did not win the final award, the partnership is currently in discussions with various funders, working towards our ambition
to reach more young people directly and develop subsequent training resources, which we'll then use to train youth practitioners across the UK.
Alderwasley Hall School, Derbyshire
In 2018 we delivered training on the ‘adolescent brain’ for 180 staff at Alderwasley Hall, a school which works with autistic children and young people across Derbyshire. We then shared this information with parents and a staff from wider network of schools and support services at an event in February 2019; providing insight into the different stages of brain development, and explaining the neurology of conditions such as ASD.