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Smash Life Hoodie Photoshoot Completed!

We had a great day out in an urban location on Sunday 11/10/20 with our official Smash Life photographer PeachyPix photographing our new Smash Life Hoodie range which will go on sale very soon! Sizes include small, medium, large and extra large. We are over the moon with them - designed by our very own head of media Kev these are an ideal buy [...]

October 14th, 2020|Smash Life News|

Brilliant day filming in Manchester!

Andy and Matt were invited upto Manchester in September 2020 to star in and be interviewed for a film about trauma by Manchester City Council. A great day was had and we can't wait to see the final product which will be shown to staff and professionals in and around Manchester City Council. Remember we can come into your organisation to deliver training and [...]

September 20th, 2020|Smash Life News|

Smash Life Hoodies To Be Released!

We are over the moon to announce that our talented Head of Media Kev has designed our brand new Smash Life Hoodies. We have bought one hundred hoodies and they will be on sale very soon and will be announced via our social media. Sizes to order will be: -Small - Medium - Large - Extra Large Be sure to buy your Smash Life [...]

September 20th, 2020|Smash Life News|

First Virtual Smash Life Training Delivered to One Hundred Professionals

 Due to current restrictions we have had to make our training to professionals VIRTUAL! We delivered some Smash Life virtual training together recently to around one hundred professional staff in Salford. The feedback we have from the training has been overwhelmingly positive! Check out our Twitter and Instagram posts! We have been booked for more training in St Helens by another organisation and another [...]

September 20th, 2020|Smash Life News|

Smash Life “ACES Video” to be shown to all Telford Council Staff

We are proud to announce that our new ACE'S (Adverse Childhood Experiences) video starring all of the Smash Life Staff that we have been commissioned to film for Telford & Wrekin Council has been completed. This video will be shown to all staff working with young people and families so they can begin to understand the impact of childhood trauma (ACE'S) . We are [...]

September 18th, 2020|Smash Life News|

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Reactions from some of our recent clients!

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.”

“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

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

Christine Dunn, Professional

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“…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

“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

“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

“ 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

“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
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