Giving Young People a Chance to Blossom
We deliver a range of services to support children, young people and families at an early stage. ‘Time for You' is a dedicated service offering support, advice and guidance for children and young people in schools.
Lesley has worked for The Benjamin Foundation for four years. She enjoys her role of giving young people who face challenges outside of their school life the opportunity to talk and express themselves with the aim of building their emotional stability and wellbeing.
Here, Lesley gives an insight into the important work that ‘Time for You' carries out.
"For me, ‘Time for You' is about building trust with a young person and encouraging them to talk about the challenges in their life. The difficult circumstances they are dealing with include bereavement, divorce and negative family relationships, problems with friendship groups and arguments with peers. Many young people just need to find a way of opening up."
Lesley works in infant schools with children aged five to seven. She chooses to work with this age range as she can use games and therapeutic play to engage with the young people. Despite the brilliant work that the service is already carrying out, Lesley says there's always more that can be done and more children who could potentially benefit from Time for You support.
"Our sessions really do give them time." Lesley continues.
Many young people in the ‘Time for You' service have never had the opportunity for their own space or for the focus to be on their thoughts and feelings.
"I hear how much the ‘Time for You' sessions are helping young people, but I'm sure there are other young people who need us.
"When I see the progress that a young person is making as a result of our sessions I feel a real sense of achievement. I look at a child and see them blossoming. Their potential might never have been realised if it wasn't for ‘Time for You."
Click here to learn more about Time for You or contact us on 01603 615670