“The immediate response concerning your address was extremely positive.
I think that people not only engaged really well with your material
and the liveliness of your speech
(learning better through doing rather than listening) but also with you.
You made something that’s incredibly complex accessible and understandable”

Jo Stockdale with Katie Koehler from Child Bereavement UK and Margot Sunderland from the Centre for Child Mental Health, all speaking at Children’s Bereavement Centre’s annual conference ‘Children’s Grief Matters’ on 21st Nov 2018.

We've got a lot going on! Have a read below to find out about 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.

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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.

UNSU Beats, with Pedestrian and Northampton University

This new programme is led by Pedestrian; a Leicester-based charity which provides education and training to young people at risk and vulnerable adults who are socially excluded and from disadvantaged backgrounds; in partnership with Northampton University Student’s Union.
Well Within Reach is an evaluation partner for ‘UNSU Beats’; a programme using music technology to engage
young people are risk of knife-crime and violence, which begins in Dec 2018.

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‘Power of 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 how to most effectively support the struggles associated with school expectations, behaviour, mental health etc.
We recently ran our first ‘Power of Parenting’ programme; three short, informal sessions for parents to introduce easy-to-understand info and essential knowledge to support parents with some of their greatest concerns and worries. These sessions have been very well received and we’ll be programming more in early 2019. Look at our Power of Parenting and Coming Up pages for more info.

I CAN Children’s Communication Charity, Nottinghamshire

Since 2016 we've had an ongoing partnership with Dawn House School; one of only five schools nationally that are part of I CAN,
a charity which specialises in supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties.
We’ve ran a training programme for staff, and recently delivered a very successful session both parents of Dawn House students,
and a wider network of speech, language and occupational therapists; an initiative which we're continuing to develop.
We also presented at Dawn House’s annual Parent Participation Conference in October; read I CAN’s blog post here.

‘Mind the Music’ with Community Music, London

'Mind the Music’ is a 3 year programme managed by Community Music in the Tower Hamlets area of London,
which engages young people with a range of mental health issues; from low-level anxiety to
Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) residential care. We've delivered a training programme for their staff team
and freelance practitioners, and are currently evaluating the programme. Read about our involvement in 'Mind the Music' here.

'Discovery', London Symphony Orchestra

We’ll be at the Barbican Centre in London in the autumn, training London Symphony Orchestra’s hospital musicians to understand how to
most effectively use their practice and ‘presence’ to reduce hospital-related stress; to tap into patient’s innate playfulness and curiosity;
and to nurture ‘person-centred wellness’; in themselves; as well as the children and families they work with.

Recent Projects

‘Wishing Well’ Music in Healthcare, Brighton

Since 2017 we've been involved in Music in Healthcare programme ‘Wishing Well’, which brings live musical interactions to bedsides at the Alexandra Children’s Hospital’s Critical Care unit in Brighton. Primarily we've been helping to evaluate the programme's impacts for children who cannot reliably communicate; you can find out more on our Evaluation and Consultancy page, or click here to access the public version of our evaluation report.

Children’s Bereavement Centre, Nottinghamshire

We presented at the Children’s Bereavement Centre’s conference 'Children's Grief Matters' in Newark on 21st November 2018,
alongside Dr Margot Sunderland from the Centre for Children’s Mental Health, and Dr Katie Koehler from Child Bereavement UK.

Our keynote speech addressed how separation and loss can affect children’s brains, and how the adults around these children can best use their relationships with them to support children’s grief most effectively during this fragile time.

‘Our Future City,’ Brighton & Hove City Council

We delivered CPD training for creative practitioners in autumn 2018, as part of Brighton and Hove City Council’s ‘Our Future City’ programme.