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Smash Life Ealing Council Virtual School Keynote Feedback!

Directors Andy & Matt were in London delivering a Keynote talk for teachers, designated teachers and professionals at the Ealing Council Virtual School Conference. It was lovely to deliver a “Through the eyes of a child in care” talk to remind everyone of the realities many children that are suffering in life face - challenges we face and STILL see - beyond the school gates [...]

June 10th, 2024|Smash Life News|

Five Ways Foster Carers Training Amazing Feedback !

Directors Andy & Matt travelled to Chesterfield to deliver a talk / training to Fiver Rivers Childcare foster carers and team We spent such a great few hours with some really child centred and committed foster carers who definitely lead from the heart. Mixed with our lived experience, professional experiences / observations and what children tell our service on a daily basis through our [...]

May 10th, 2024|Smash Life News|

Smash Life Didn’t Stop During Easter !

Smash Life didn't stop during Easter ! Andy, Matt & Smash Life Mentor Dee started off in Dudley to deliver the second Smashing Life Into Independence Project to post 16 young people in care. Workshops on budgeting , car maintenance, cooking, independent living schools and much more were delivered over a two week period to an enthusiastic group identified by Dudley Virtual School - big [...]

April 28th, 2024|Smash Life News|

Smash Life Full Days Staff Training Near Middlesbrough!

Smash Life On Monday Matt & Andy had the pleasure of delivering a full days training for social care practitioners, early help, social workers, and student social workers as part of practice week for Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council social care What an AWESOME day we had! From fun activities to help professionals understand and relate to children in care to open and honest conversations [...]

March 20th, 2024|Smash Life News|

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|

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Reactions from some of our recent clients!

“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

“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

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

“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

“…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

“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

“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

“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 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

“ 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

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.”

“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
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