Organisations that work with Children & Young People
Right from the Start
http://right-from-the-start.orgRight from the Start is a charity committed to having a transformative impact on children at the earliest stages of their lives . . . and with it, a similar impact on our families and communities. We are in the process of completing a series of breakthrough publications and other materials - all of them designed to work together to put vital new knowledge and tools into the hands of everyone involved in the life of a child – parents, grandparents, midwives, Health Visitors, nursery and primary teachers and all other professionals.
Our over-arching aim is to give them the extra support they need and deserve – easy and instant access to new knowledge and understanding, and a wealth of well-tried ideas, skills and practices from around the world – all presented and described in a warm and detailed way. Right from the Start introduces and brings to life those transforming, healing and protective strategies that are able to inspire the way parents, teachers and all childcare professionals think about and nurture babies and children.
A resource for Creative Thinking and Reflection in Education. Through this resource, Chris Easom is able to offer workshops for students at KS2/3/4 and training for teachers, using philosophical enquiry and other strategies to develop mindful learning and creative reflection.
Creative Learning, Creative Childhoods, Creative Families
Emma Tyer, Creative Education and Parenting Consultant ‘For those who want to do something a little bit different.’ www.emmatyer.co.uk
I am a consultant and advisor inspiring organisations and individuals to think and work creatively and collaboratively for the 21st century. I am an advocate for the need to preserve childhood and I am passionate about nurturing family life and the relationship between education, the family and the wider community. I have over 25 years experience in working with schools (state, independent and alternative), teachers, organisations, young children and their parents. I offer a unique consultancy service which includes:
- Programme and course development
- Course facilitation
- CPD and inset day sessions for teachers and all those working with
- children in all early years and primary settings
- Parenting programmes for individual groups, childcare settings,
- nurseries and primary schools (independent and state).
Quiet Room Designs
Set up by Helen Sanderson as a direct response to a recognised need for design and harmony to be included in corporate prayer rooms. As an artist, designer, interfaith minister and therapist she recognised the value of providing a special place to retreat that would facilitate the journey into prayer, contemplation or mediation. In our highly commercialised, stimulating and demanding culture, the senses are bombarded with data to process. Internally our systems are craving peace and calm. A specially designed environment can sooth and re-centre our sense of wellbeing. Quiet Room Designs, London 07989 230244.
Quakers, children and young people’s programme
Look on their website to find out what they do. The have materials about young people and spirituality and ‘Spiritual Development’ a booklet for training youth workers.
Jenny Mosley, Quite Circle Time (QCT)
Has created successful classroom management modules over the past eighteen years and is the author and co-author of many uplifting texts, including the best-selling ‘Turn Your School Round’, ‘Quality Circle Time (QCT) in the Primary Classroom’ and ‘More Quality Circle Time’. Jenny’s aim is to enhance self-esteem by building positive relationships in school communities. QCT takes a democratic and creative approach to support teachers and other professionals in managing a range of issues that affect the whole learning community: teaching staff, children, support staff, parents and governors. Jenny's five-step Quality Circle Time model is designed to help pupils meet up, enjoy each other's company, practice social skills, speaking, listening and problem-solving. Step 4 of the model is always a 'cheering up' activity, like celebrating each other's achievements and Step 5 of the model is always a calming activity. Here Jenny uses calm breathing techniques, visualisations or any other 'stilling' activities that help to calm children down after their circle time session and to help prepare them for whatever their next activity is. Jenny writes her own guided visualisations and also has a catalogue of resources and this includes nature CDs and rainsticks for calming times. Jenny Mosley Consultancies, 28A Gloucester Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 0AA. Tel: 01225 767 157
Byoma Kusuma Buddhadharma Sangha
Is an organisation that uses Vippassana as a meditation. Its insight and calm abiding techniques are used to help children become mindful, aware and relaxed in the mind. Since children are more susceptible to learning things, Vipassana by itself can be used to help children become aware of their feelings; both emotional and physical.
Byoma Kusuma Buddhadharma Sangha, UK, 24 Canfield Drive, South Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 6QW. Tel: 0208 845 1251
The Wrekin Trust
Is an educational charity which was started in 1971 by Sir George Trevelyan Bt for spiritual education of a non-sectarian kind. Its main aim now is to advance education and learning across different faith and spiritual communities by creating safe meeting spaces for connections, dialogue, learning and social action. The Trust works by developing strategies for youth work based on ethical and spiritual visions of society and was involved in a demonstration project called the Stoneleigh Initiative.
The Wrekin Forum, Courtyard Lodge, Mellow Farm, Hawcross Lane, Redmarley d’Abitot, Gloucestershire GL19 3JQ Tel: 0845 017 9029
WYSE offers an inspiring and challenging approach to education and has worked with hundreds of young people from over 100 countries since 1988. WYSE International cares about what’s happening in the world and is willing to do what they can to make a positive difference, promoting visionary leadership and education independently of political, religious or social backgrounds for evolving world needs.
Tel: 0207 372 7184
A Quiet Place
Penelope Moon trained as a yoga teacher and then became involved in complementary medicine, studying with various teachers across a range of therapies. She is a qualified Psycho/Hypno-therapist and is involved in training others. She developed 'A Quiet Place’ within mainstream education in schools across the U.K. including the Channel Islands and it is now recognised nationally as a Holistic Action Learning programme running in partnership with schools, children's homes and other organisations. A Quiet Place Ltd, 26 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BX.Tel: 0151 708 6910
Christian Youth Outreach
Christian Youth Outreach is a youth and schools ministry serving schools and churches in the Colchester area. They have developed the Sanctum project which they take into schools to help children experience being spiritual. This organisation believes that every young person is created in the image of God and that we are all special and unique. The organisations works with schools, churches and local communities which aims to help young people make the most out of their lives, giving them opportunities to explore the Christian faith themselves. CYO, PO Box 9272, Colchester, CO1 9AX .Tel: 01206 863835
The Ringsfield Hall Trust
Ecostudy centre opened in 1972 as a centre for school children from city areas to spend time and experience and study the countryside along with youth groups, churches and families to use the facilities for group retreats, conferences and holidays during weekends and school holidays for day events. Ringsfield Hall, Ringsfield, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8JR. Tel: 01502 713020
Working With Others
A programme that realises that learning takes place in a social context where positive pupil relationships are essential. The programme is aimed to motivate pupils to learn effectively together, and this improves behavior in class, playground and socially. It also aims to transform whole staff teams including senior management, office staff and teachers, re-energising as well as offering support and practical ideas. Working With Others, 31 Vale Road, Portslade, Brighton BN41 1GD. Tel: 07817 363193
The White Eagle Lodge
A worldwide organisation (founded in 1936), based on a profound, gentle philosophy. White Eagle’s teaching encourages a path of love, tolerance and service towards all life, towards the development of inner peace, and the awareness of our eternal, spiritual nature.The White Eagle Lodge, New Lands, Brewells Lane, Rake, Hampshire, GU33 7HY. Tel: 01730 893300
Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture. It can be used in a variety of settings, such as churches, schools, hospitals, and care homes for the elderly. It also invites listeners into stories and encourages them to connect the stories with personal experience.
Seeds of Hope
Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden at Guildford Cathedral provides a vibrant living space for children to go to and reflect on their thoughts for those that have experienced loss. They can go there with their families, teachers and carers. The loss could be death, divorce, separate schooling or adoption. Here children can find different gardens for each season where they are able to explore their feelings and shape their thoughts creatively. Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7UP.
Tel: 01483 547872
Hope Activity & Information Pack
AND The Seeds of Hope Activity & Information Pack - for use with any garden or open space, activities and games suggesting ways in which to use Nature to help children and young people explore feelings of loss of all kinds. For a free copy, please
The Association for Children’s Spirituality
The Association for Children’s Spirituality seeks to support and promote research and practice in relation to children’s spirituality within education and wider contexts. The association understands spirituality and encourages holistic approaches, paying particular attention to children’s voices allowing them to develop their own awareness’s and spirituality.
The Quiet Garden Movement
The Quiet Garden Movement is an organisation seeking to initiate and resource local opportunities for stillness, silence, reflection and the appreciation of beauty. It draws upon the Christian contemplative tradition. Venues include gardens in private homes, churches, schools, prisons and hospital. The Quiet Garden Trust, Kerridge House, 42 Woodside Close, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5EF.
Jigsaw4U is an organisation that helps young people put the pieces back together, providing skills for children who have suffered loss or trauma. This includes the impact of parental mental illness on children and young people, significant bereavement such as the death of a parent or sibling, domestic violence, divorce, bullying and imprisonment. Jigsaw have been working for over ten years in schools and other settings. Jigsaw4U, 40 Mill Green Road, Mitcham, CR4 4HY. Tel: 0208 687 1384
Spirituality For Kids
Spirituality For Kids (SPK) is an educational curriculum which is based on the idea of sharing cause and effect and the universal human truths, as well as helping children to find their own individual voice and human spirit, regardless of personal faith. An educational non-profit organisation that comes together with partners, educators, schools and organisations to teach tools to assist children in making choices to benefit their future. They work in schools mainly in the London area.
Heal Your Space
Stella Von Thun - works with children and schools to create a peaceful environment. A Certified Healing practitioner, Stella is impressed by the rapid and positive results healing can achieve. Healing works in all sorts of different forms and two aspects works with are colour healing and flower essences in order to help children feel reassured and gain perspective. Stella works with children in schools to bring reassurance and peace into their lives.
University of the First Age
Birmingham (UFA) was founded in Birmingham in 1996 by Professor Tim Brighouse. It is a national education charity which aims to create an ‘open university’ for people aged 5-25 so they can access a range of learning opportunities in and beyond their school. The UFA believes that being part of a ‘university’ at a young age helps to raise their awareness’s and increases their aspirations so they can lead a successful and fulfilling life in both their education and employment. The UFA works creatively with local authorities, schools, organisations, communities and individuals to enrich and extend learning for young people.
The University of the First Age, St. Paul's Cottages, 59-60 Water Street, The Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B3 1EP.