Before Team of Life

Charlie and her mum had to move away from home. They moved closer to grandparents but Charlie was finding it hard to adjust. Teachers at her new school had noticed that she was quiet and withdrawn so they invited her to take part in the Team of Life programme to help her build friendships and a support network.

Find out how Team of Life helped Charlie score her goals!

After Team of Life

Charlie . . .

  • made friends and joined in clubs and activities.
  • realised there is a whole team of people around her who are there to support her, including her mum, grandparents, and teachers at school.
  • learned that it’s okay to ask for help with her goals in life . . . and next time she has a problem she knows where to turn to for support.

The Team of Life in Action

The Team of Life has been developed in partnership with Wirral schools. If you work in a school and would like to find out more about how your students could benefit from the Team of Life contact us.

“I use the Team of Life extensively in Year 6 and 7 to support transition and it has proved very popular, being a well known project around the school.  I have noticed that as a result of the programme, student attitudes towards the transition to secondary school has become more positive, with students feeling a sense of affiliation and belonging to the school before arriving.  It has also proved extremely helpful in addressing many issues of adjustment, helping individuals to build friendship groups and ‘teams’.  This de-escalates difficult situations at an early stage, resulting in a reduction of anxiety, poor attendance or social isolation” Claire Owens, family support and well-being co-ordinator, The Mosslands School.

“Before the Team of Life I didn’t feel like I fitted in with other young people. I had worries about joining the group; what if I said something silly and everyone laughed? What if I didn’t fit in? But it’s like starting the next chapter in your life where you don’t feel alone because everyone is in the same boat. In the Team of Life I learnt skills to manage my worries that I can keep using and I grew in confidence. I made some great friends there who I go out with after school. I also am now part of a drama group and I have a lead role in the play. Overall, I am just more confident and I am doing things now that I would have been too worried about doing; like singing on stage!” Team of Life participant, Aged 12

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