We've got a lot going on!
We work with a wide range of partner agencies & organisations, and below are just a few examples of the kind of work we get involved with.
If you want to know more about any of these, just contact us, or sign up for updates about what we're up to, and what's coming up.
The PLACE Young People’s Company
Underpinned by the PLACE model (Play, Love, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy), The PLACE Young People’s Company consists of four Nottinghamshire residential homes and two schools, which provide therapeutic care and education for young people who have
emotional, social, educational and behavioural difficulties as a result of past trauma, and attachment difficulties.
Between September 2019 and July 2020, we’re working with The PLACE’s care & education teams to deliver a programme of training & consultancy
to enable staff to learn about and implement their knowledge about brain development, the nervous system, self-esteem, resilience,
and the significance of relationship to most effectively support the very vulnerable children in their care.
‘Young Mums Hub’
As part of Derbyshire County Council’s ‘Creative Mentoring’ programme, we’re working with a small group of young women who have
experience of being in care, and are now young mums themselves. Through a range of practical activities and facilitated discussions,
we’re enabling these mums to creatively explore what it means for them to be parents in a safe space.
They’re learning about the role of their parenting on their kids’ brain development so they are equipped with knowledge, skills & confidence; to nurture their children’s cognitive, social & emotional growth; to strengthen their relationships with their kids; and to essentially take them on a different journey through childhood than that which they experienced themselves.
Between 2019 and mid-2020, we’ll be supporting these women to design their own creative activities and develop their leadership skills.
They’ll then run their own creative workshops to practically share their knowledge and skills with other young mums, thus helping other
young parents to strengthen their attachment with their children.
We’ve developed this programme 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.
Don’t forget to join our Empowered Parenting Facebook group and sign up to our mailing list to ensure you’re the first to know what’s coming up!
'Fire & Wire'
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.