In our experience many young people often ask professionals “What do you know?” this is where our service differs from others as we have lived a life within the care system and without a mum and dad for the majority of our lives.
Combined with our professional experience and qualifications we are able to offer that shared life experience and offer advice and guidance based on real life and not just from a text book. We find that this resonates with young people because we as adults are able to open up to them they in turn open up to us.
Smash Life is also creative in its approach to mentoring and getting young people to open up. It is limiting to just sit in a room and ask a young person to just “talk about it” and this can be oppressive for some young people.
By bringing sport, music, games, walks, and trips to the Mentoring we have found they create better results and the young people actually enjoy and look forwards to the sessions. Please check out the various testimonials that you’ll see around the website written by young people Smash Life have mentored.
We at Smash Life are passionate about capturing the young person’s views and voice as this is something that is very often missed by professionals and organizations. Our mentoring is driven by their agenda and their voice, after all it is their lives we are seeking to improve.
This is also relevant to professionals, as many people working with young people also want to know how it feels to grow up in the care system. Some of the questions we are able to answer and more vitally share our inside knowledge on are: “How did you deal with your abuse and trauma ?”, “What makes a good foster carer?” , “How do I make a difference?” , “How did you survive all these years without a mum and dad?”, “What challenges did you face once you left the social care system?” amongst many many others. We believe our lived experience combined with our professional ones gives us a unique edge in this sector.
This is why we have been booked by many organisations around the UK and universities to provide lectures with key messages to Social Work, Youth & Community Development students, CEO’S, Managers and experienced professionals.
To see what people have thought of our service please take a look at the feedback section on this website by going to the bottom of the SERVICES page. Lots of positive Feedback can also be viewed via our various social media pages.