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Children’s Interactive Talks Feedback! We absolutely LOVE engaging, interacting and inspiring children who are walking the path we did in care. Early January our mentor Courtney, Matt and Andy and travelled to Halifax Timeout Childrens Homes Ltd and spent a lovely day delivering fun, inspirational, engaging and informative sessions to a number of children in Timeouts care at the most wonderful of settings We loved [...]

January 24th, 2023|Smash Life News|

Smash Life Is Officially 4 Years Old !

Smash Life is officially 4 years old What an amazing 4 years it has been from registering the business with feeling of being nervous and excited - but it simply has been the best thing we have ever done! Thanks to everyone who has supported, shared and believed! We are going from strength to strength and we are a service that radiates care and positivity [...]

December 5th, 2022|Smash Life News|

Smash Life Football Experience Is A Huge Success!

The Very First Smash Life Football Experience Was A Huge Success! We had the most amazing day with an awesome group of children at our Smash Life Experience football day. We wanted the children attending to have FUN, learn, engage, be inspired and take part in some healthy competition. The children engaged in FUN group activities, training sessions, practical sessions including an amazing one led [...]

October 27th, 2022|Smash Life News|

SMASH LIFE WIN ANOTHER AWARD!

We have WON another Award! The Smash Life Experiences Team Collected their award from The very First Shropshire Music Awards this week with the ceremony being held at The Place Oakengates Theatre Telford with around 300 people in attendance. We invited some of our fantastic partners to enjoy the evening with us as they have been integral to what we are trying to build here [...]

October 8th, 2022|Smash Life News|

Smash Life is GROWING!

We are very blessed to announce that we have been able to recruit and employ more Smash Life Staff to our ever growing team of fantastic individuals! We now have more mentors, admin support and more recruits on the way! We are also developing different aspects of Smash Life and we will be releasing brand new training for staff in schools, care homes, colleges, social [...]

September 12th, 2022|Smash Life News|

Smash Life Experiences -Young Persons Feedback!

We recently went on an incredible journey with a very special thirteen year old lady in the care system! Unfortunately this young lady had lost her foster father who sadly passed away last year. Smash Life were approached by a local authority looking for new and creative ways to engage and work alongside this young lady to overcome her grief. We created a bespoke Smash [...]

July 18th, 2022|Smash Life News|

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Reactions from some of our recent clients!

“…really looks forward to her sessions which is such a transformation – when ….has something to think about ….opens up with us here which is such a relief and …also feels reassured about things on her mind knowing ….can talk it over with Matt”

Parent, Mentoring Client

“Just had the most inspirational speech from these lads. Absolutely amazing and they should be very proud of themselves and their achievements”

Matthew William, Care Home Manager - Keys Group

“I was lucky to hear Andy and Matt present earlier this year and their story must be one that has resonated with me the most. Ever. It has informed our practice at Sandcastle Care and we now weave our therapeutic web into colleges and schools offering trauma informed care training even further. Thank you Andy. Thank you Matt.”

Helen Barton , Head of Therapeutic Services at Sandcastle Care

“Incredible. Thank you for sharing your story and advice”

Christine Dunn, Professional

“It was really good, he was really cool and I enjoyed the talk because Matt was funny, down to earth and really relatable, not like some teachers who just talk down to you”.

Pupil, Charlton Secondary School Telford

“A big thank you for helping so far on this absolute monumental journey I’ve been on: Anger, Emotions, and Positive vibes so again thank you so much”

Young Person, Mentee

“What a breakthrough……he has told you more than he would’ve shared with carers or me on the first meeting”

Social Worker, Shropshire Council

“Andy has a fresh delivery style to bring home the stark reality of young people in crisis and dwelling on his past experiences he provides many ideas on helping young people to get on the right path to make the best life choices they can. He is an inspiration to young people everywhere who are daunted by the challenges life brings them.”

Helen Ball , Shrewsbury Town Council Clerk

“I just want to say a massive thank you to Andy for the support I have been given. I can always know that no matter what mood I am in I will always come out of the session smiling. More people should be like this looking out for others.”

Young Person, Mentee

Andy has provided our most vulnerable students with support that they would not be able to access within school. His unique perspective on the issue experienced by LAC has enabled our students to feel secure, in particular during the stressful exam season. This is an excellent example of use of pupil premium funding.”

Teacher, Holy Trinity School - Telford

“These remarkable brothers suffered long term abuse, humiliation, degradation and shame at the hands of those entrusted with their care. Their life story is one of courage, resilience and determination.. Their promise to use yesterday and their commitment to each other today, is to be the change for children that they should have experienced. If you are looking for conference speakers, mentors for your children these chaps are going to be booked up very quickly after being invited for by the consortium for therapeutic communities to their first conference debut yesterday.”

Sarah Morgan, Specialist Advisor, Education and Childrens Social Care

“ Since I have seen you I am not arguing with the teachers, its good to know someone has been there and understands.”

Young Person, Mentee

“Having heard Andy and Matt speak I was able to relate many of the things they said to me and to the young people I work with and could only hope the young people that I work with develop a tiny bit of insight that Andy and Matt have. Their talk and shared experiences show that young people do not need to be a victim of their past and hearing this first hand can only strengthen this belief with the young people they work with. The motivation, humour, honesty and frankness of the talk is moving and exhilarating. I felt a roller coaster of emotions listening but felt even more motivated to support the young people I work with. Since meeting Andy and Matt I have spoken to young people about them – shared their messages and views. Their words have stayed with me and I can relate their experiences to many different situations I come across in my role. I thought I knew a lot “looked after children” , care leavers, the system – but learnt more from this talk than any other course, training or from books.”

Kathryn Packer, Education Liaison Officer

“Andy and Matt give so much to those they work with, they really are an inspiration to so many. Being able to relate to the young people they mentor through their shared life experiences gives the young people someone they can connect with openly. I would highly recommend Smash Life.”

Natalie Prudence, Elite Dance Studios

Thank you for coming along and sharing your story with us all. Such a heartfelt speech that moved everyone in the room, and lots of really important information to take away.”

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