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Smash Life Mentoring Menu Released!
We are delighted to announce that we have released our BRAND NEW MENTORING MENU ! We understand that every child is different and each child may require a slighlty different mentoring service from us. We now offer FIVE different bespoke mentoring packages and new and exclusive for the West Midlands DRAWING & TALKING a Brand New Way of mentoring, ideal for children who have gone [...]
Smash Life New Music Video ‘It’s So Easy’ Filmed
Our Brand New Music Video has been filmed! The song 'It's So Easy' written and sung by director Matt is about remaining positive despite what life may throw at you. Containing lots of positive messages in the lyrics - again another free resource that will professionals can show young people. The video is currently being edited and will be released in the next few months! [...]
Smash Life New Training Menu To Be Released in 2023!
We continue to travel around the UK delivering our training and talks to professionals and organisations. Check out some more feedback we received recently at a recent training event we delivered at a school in the UK. We will be releasing our brand new training menu with lots of different themes covered to enhance our staff training and help empower staff teams and organisations working [...]
Smash Life Whole Day Staff Training Feedback!
We are pleased to announce that we have released a whole days Smash Life Training package which is proving very popular with organisations across the UK who are looking to train their staff teams. In the image you can see Director Matt with one of the staff teams from Safe Haven Adolescent Care Group in Sheffield. Matt and Andy delivered two whole day training packages [...]
Smash Life Deliver Talks & Group Work To Young People!
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 [...]
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 [...]
Reactions from some of our recent clients!
“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.”
“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.”
“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”.
“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”
“Incredible. Thank you for sharing your story and advice”
“Just had the most inspirational speech from these lads. Absolutely amazing and they should be very proud of themselves and their achievements”
“ Since I have seen you I am not arguing with the teachers, its good to know someone has been there and understands.”
“…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”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“What a breakthrough……he has told you more than he would’ve shared with carers or me on the first meeting”
“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.”
“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.”