Latest News

Click on the articles below for all the up-to-date information on what’s happening at Smash Life HQ!

Primary School Smash Life Staff Training Feedback Just In!

Last Monday we had a lovely evening providing our “Through The Eyes Of A Child In Pain” CPD training for teachers, support staff and senior leadership at Millbrook Primary School in Telford. Despite already having been in work all day we were delighted with the commitment, engagement, energy and child centred passion shown by everyone attending. We were delighted with the feedback and we agree [...]

February 26th, 2024|Smash Life News|

Smash Life Training Feedback !

We are always happy to be asked to deliver training for different organisations all over the UK! We are even more thrilled when that training receives great feedback ! We delivered for Tameside Council recently and the feedback we got back was so positive from all their social workers on their practice week! A mixture of lived experience and a combined 45 years of professional [...]

February 18th, 2024|Smash Life News|

Smash Life Whole Day Training Packages !

We are delighted to announce that we now offer full day training packages! So do want the Smash Life brothers to come into your organisation and inspire your staff ? Giving them the confidence and belief with new solution focussed practice ideas on a whole range of areas including: Trauma / Trauma Informed - how this affects behaviour / mental health ACE'S Connecting with pupils [...]

January 31st, 2024|Smash Life News|

SMASH LIFE LINE GRANT FUNDING LAUNCHED!

We are super excited to inform you that Smash Life Line Grant Funding is now available for young people in Shropshire to apply for that you maybe supporting! The first transfer window for applications will begin on February 1st 2024 and close on 15th March 2024. All the information and details on how young people aged between 14-25 can apply is on our Smash Life [...]

December 29th, 2023|Smash Life News|

Andy & Matt Deliver A Smash Life Keynote To Central Government Policy Makers!

Fresh off Andy & Matts appearance alongside Ashley John Baptiste at The ARC National Conference in Birmingham (see feedback in the image) the lads then travelled to Manchester to deliver a keynote to Professionals from The Department For Education. These professionals write the policies that the whole education school system/professionals must follow ! Andy and Matt made sure to deliver a passionate talk, taking vital [...]

December 6th, 2023|Smash Life News|

Upcoming Events

Our Partners

We are proud to work alongside the Council’s, Schools, Businesses and Groups listed below.

Feedback

Reactions from some of our recent clients!

“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

“Our young people really value time with Matt. It’s their space. Their time. Time to express how they feel. Time not to be judged or made to conform. Time to be themselves”

Head Of Pastoral Care , The Priory School Shrewsbury

“ 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

“…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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

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.”

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

Christine Dunn, Professional

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

“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

“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

“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
Go to Top