Downloadable resource enabling practitioners to deliver this innovative programme in their school, health or community setting.

Find out how the team of life helped Charlie and how the approach can help young people in schools.

Our training days will open your eyes to the tremendous potential of this intervention.

Get in touch with the team if you have any questions or would like further information about Team of Life.

What is the Team of Life?

  • A fun and interactive group based intervention
  • Bringing children and young people together in teams
  • Identifying the ‘team-mates’ who make up the key support people in children and young people’s lives
  • Highlighting skills for ‘tackling problems’, ‘avoiding obstacles’ and ‘scoring goals’ in life
  • Sharing and celebrating stories of achievement, hope and survival
  • Strengths based; does not require young people to directly discuss problems or trauma



Reports from children and young people and parent/carers found taking part in the Team of Life helped them to

  • Feel more supported
  • Build confidence
  • Reach their goals
  • Develop friendships
  • Reduce symptoms of anxiety
  • Improve their behavior

Who is the Team of Life for?

Any child or young person aged approximately 9-16 can take part.

More vulnerable groups who may particularly benefit include those who are:

  • Hard to reach, excluded or marginalised
  • Experiencing low level mental health problems
  • Recovering from mental health problems
  • Suffering from losses or trauma
  • Struggling with the transition to secondary school
  • Finding it hard to fit in or make friends
  • Experiencing problems related to self-esteem

The approach especially appeals to children and young people with an interest in sport, although no sporting ability is required (that goes for facilitators too so don’t worry if your right foot isn’t up to much!).



The Team of Life can be used as part of prevention, early intervention or recovery work within education, community and health settings.

Sessions can be delivered by practitioners in any group space including classrooms, community centres, clinical or inpatient settings.

Training is not required to deliver Team of Life, the Team of Life Kit includes everything you need to get started. However, we do recommend training. Take a look at our training page for more information.

Originally developed in partnership with practitioners working in contexts of profound hardship and suffering, including Uganda, Rwanda, Palestine, Zimbabwe and Aboriginal Australia, the Team of Life is an innovative approach to building resilience. Working in partnership with the Dulwich Centre Foundation in Adelaide, Australia, CWP have developed a new resilience programme based upon the Team of Life collective narrative practice methodology (Denbrough, 2008).

For more information about Narrative Therapy see

Vicky Eames & David Denborough (Dulwich Centre Foundation) © Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 2015