“The immediate response concerning your address was extremely positive.
I think that people engaged really well; not only 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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‘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 the struggles they experience with issues such as school expectations, behaviour, mental health etc.
We launched ‘Power of Parenting’ in Nov 2018; introducing easy-to-understand info and essential knowledge to support parents with some of their greatest concerns and worries. We’ll be programming more in early 2019. Look at our Power of Parenting and Coming Up pages for more info.

‘Mind the Music’ with Community Music, London

Led by Community Music in London, 'Mind the Music’ is a 3 year programme which uses music-making activities to engage young people with a range
of mental health issues; from low-level anxiety to those accessing acute 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.

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 led by I CAN;
a charity specialising in supporting young people with speech, language and communication difficulties.
We’ve delivered various staff training sessions, and present annually at the school’s Parent Conference; read about our involvement in
2018 on I CAN’s website here.
In 2018 we started leading sessions designed for parents and a wider network of professionals working with young people.
These are open to anyone to attend and our next session; ‘Wired With Play to Stay; The Hidden Power of the ‘Playful Brain’;
takes place on 23rd March. Visit our ‘Coming Up’ page to find out more.

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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 & training to young people at risk and vulnerable adults who are socially excluded and from disadvantaged backgrounds. ‘UNSU Beats’ is a series of workshops using music technology to engage young people who may be at risk of knife-crime and violence. A partnership with Northampton University Student’s Union; ‘UNSU Beats’ began in Dec 2018 and Well Within Reach is currently helping to evaluate the programme.


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 in 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
use their relationships with them to support children’s grief most effectively during this fragile time.

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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.

‘Our Future City,’ Brighton & Hove City Council

We delivered CPD training for a range of creative practitioners working in school and early years settings, as part of Brighton and Hove City Council’s ‘Our Future City’ programme.