Not all children and young people (CYP) can or are willing to engage in traditional 1:1 talking therapies. For many, it is simply too intense or talking through their feelings in that setting is too difficult.

Unfortunately, because of a lack of alternative provision, many CYP do not receive the support they need and often express their frustrations through unhelpful behaviours. These CYP may then struggle long-term with educational engagement leading to potentially negative personal and social impacts.

Our programmes are designed to support children in a way that is fun and engaging through activities they are passionate about (i.e. music & football) with a sound psychological approach around CBT principles, a well known and evidence based psycho-social intervention.

Although these programmes do not seek to treat mental or psychological disorders by psychological means it aims to give CYP a better understanding of their emotions and provides them with new tools to cope better. Hence, this provision targets mild difficulties by providing early intervention to those aged 8-14 (or school years 3 to 9) who may be struggling with difficulties around anxiety, low-mood, low self-esteem and/or challenging behaviours.

Through using football and music we are able to evidence a tangible improvement around behaviour, anxiety, self-confidence and engagement in learning.

TACTICS (Football-based programmes)

TACTICS is a football based programme for children and young people displaying challenging behaviours. These groups are delivered by a team of trained practitioners and FA trained coaches.

‘When playing football, it is vital to think about your choices, your consequences and your next move. Without thinking these important things through, a player is likely to make mistakes and ultimately not perform well. The football programme encourages students to think about these things on a football pitch so that they become second nature. By doing so, these same skills can be used into the classroom and lives at home.’

Topics include: understanding my emotions, thinking before acting, strengths and weaknesses and expressing anger in helpful ways.

“I had the chance to speak out and be listened to; it was a really fun time there” (Young person)

“I got a lot of support for when I’m angry; It helped me to calm down” (Young person)

“I’ve learnt to not get involved in silly situations that can get me in trouble” (Young person)

ENCORE (Music-based programmes)

ENCORE is a music based programme for children and young people with difficulties around anxiety, low self-esteem and low confidence.

“As a school, we have seen a positive impact from the pupils who have completed the programme. The pupils have seemed more confident and been able to deal better with their own day to day lives.It also allowed them the opportunity to play a wide range of musical instruments and work with other pupils in a small safe group setting whilst relating it back to their anxieties. One pupil in particular was able to stand up and sing in front of the whole school before Christmas in our school talent contest.” (School)

“I’ve never seen him so animated/positive, after school about his session especially as he wasn’t keen to do it.” (Parent)

“After the session ‘United We Stand’ I started sharing things with my parents that I had never done before and since then we have been arguing less and I feel they respect and understand me more now.” (Young person)

“I would never have been able to talk in front of people let alone play music! Mum noticed how much happier I was each day coming home from school.” (Young person)

“I loved performing with friends, learning to play the ukulele and I really liked the discussions. Go to CHUMS. It’s amazing, fun and you learn things for the future and now. They were the best days of my life at school. It’s what got me into school.” (Young person)

“If I am worrying about doing something I can practise deep breathing. It taught me to calm down, relax and not get so worried.” (Young person)

For more information on the programmes above please give us a call on 01525 863924.
To submit a referral please click here.