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02 Dec 2019
Chief Executive Officer, Lifespace Trust - £33,500 (0.7 FTE)
Based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Lifespace Trust is a charity that provides mentoring for children and young people in schools across South Warwickshire. Established in 2004, Lifespace has grown significantly in order to meet increased demand and in 2015 received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of its mentoring support for young people. Following a recent restructure, Lifespace is looking for a dynamic and commercially minded CEO to lead Lifespace; setting a clear strategic vision and identifying growth opportunities in order to ensure that it stays viable and continues to provide high quality, safe mentoring services for the young people it serves. We’re looking for an exceptional leader, with a proven track record of successfully leading teams in similar organisations and a demonstrable commitment to improving the lives of young people. In addition to embedding a values driven culture and overseeing the efficient day-to-day running of the organisation, our new CEO will represent Lifespace in the wider community; building strong and lasting relationships with schools, parents, funders, partners and other key stakeholders. This role reports into the Chair and Board of Trustees and has full accountability for the delivery of operational and fundraising, control of expenditure and risk management as well as responsibility for all aspects of the operation including team and mentor development, service delivery and business development. 

If you’re excited by the opportunity to lead Lifespace and firmly believe that you meet our criteria, please email your CV and brief covering email telling us why we should consider you for this role to contact@lifespace.org.uk 

Closing date: 5pm 27/12/19
Stratford Town Trust supports our work with a £25,000 grant
Lifespace Trust is fortunate to have gained the support of Stratford Town Trust again this year by the award of a generous grant £25,970. Lifespace mentors worked with 172 children and young people who either live in the town or attend one of the 11 Stratford primary and secondary schools where we mentor. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Team and Trustees at the Town Trust.
Compass and Warwickshire Pride provide excellent mentor CPD training
Lifespace mentors enjoyed an informative and interactive morning at Foundation House receiving 2 different training sessions delivered by Compass; ‘Substance use and mis-use’ and Warwickshire Pride; Trans Awareness Training. Our grateful thanks to Abbie Sutton from Compass and Daniel Brown from Warwickshire Pride.
10 Oct 2019
Marking World Mental Health Day: LIFESPACE TRUST promotes ‘Time to Talk’ in schools
Exciting day today marking World mental Health day!! We invited pupils in many of South Warwickshire’s schools to find ‘Time to Talk’. Kate Cocker, Lead Mentor, explained “We are promoting within our schools that talking about things that may be worrying you with someone you trust is great for your mental health.  That’s what our mentors facilitate each week in over 29 schools across the region with pupils who are having difficulties.” Jill Slora who is a mentor at Kineton School added, “Today was a great opportunity to explain to pupils about how chatting about their worries can be helpful.  By spreading this message we can all help reduce the stigma around mental health. If children and young people receive help at the early stages of mental ill health they are more likely to make a full recovery’”. Bethan Pierce-Jones had a fabulous day at Welcombe Hills school chatting, playing games and having fun with pupils.
Jo Broughton and Caroline Markham had great interest from girls at Stratford Girls' Grammar School.
10 Sep 2019
Lifespace mentee addresses 3000 Arbonne UK delegates at the NEC
Lauren Willis bravely took to the NEC runway stage infront of 3000 delegates at the Arbonne UK Annual conference last Friday 6th September to talk about how one to one mentoring had helped her over the last academic year. 

She explained how preparing for her A level exams had resulted in extreme anxiety and how her Lifespace mentor had supported her with her exam preparations and general anxiety.  She shared how much she had learned during the programme and explained some of the tools she can now use which are skills for life.

Arbonne Charitable Foundation has kindly supported Lifespace with a grant toward their mentoring work sposored by Emily Ballard, a volunteer mentor who is also an Arbonne consultant. 

Thank you Arbonne, Emily and Lauren.
And well done Lauren!
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Yr 12's
New Youth Mental Health First Aiders in Alcester Schools!

Here are the newly qualified Youth Mental Health First Aiders from St Benedicts Catholic High School and Alcester Grammar School, proudly displaying their certificates accredited by MHFA England.

All are Year 12 pupils who volunteered to participate in the two day training programme, delivered by Kate Cocker and Jane Neil from Lifespace, and kindly funded by Alcester Town Council as part of their strategy to improve the mental wellbeing of young people in Alcester.

Speaking after the course, Kate Cocker said, ‘We usually train teachers on this programme and it was wonderful to work with such a mature and enthusiastic group of Year12 students. It's so important to give young people information about mental health so they can better understand their own mental wellbeing as well as offer support for friends and family’.

Here are some comments from the young people who attended:

‘I have gained a much greater understanding of how to support someone with poor mental health, and not to be afraid to ask direct questions about it, especially about suicide. I would recommend this course to teachers, parents, carers and peers’

‘I learned what to say and what not to say to people who are in certain situations, plus how common mental illness is. I’d recommend this course to parents definitely .. but also to everyone!’

‘I feel I will be more understanding and can help people when they are struggling. I feel as if everyone should do this as a lot more people suffer with their mental health’

‘I have gained more understanding of mental health and why people have it. Why people self-harm and how to approach someone who is suicidal. Also, how to help people recover from a mental health problem. The course would be useful for people at school, peers and friends as well as teachers so they are more aware and notice, it can prevent judgement’

‘I would recommend this course to everyone, peers, teachers and parents as everyone should be more aware of mental health first aid to reduce the stigma and help those in need’

If you’d like to know more about our accredited Mental Health First Aid courses please contact us
24 Jun 2019
Stratford Inner Wheel Club sponsoring two Lifespace volunteer mentors
Members of Lifespace Trust, the Stratford based charity that supports and mentors young people, were delighted to receive a generous cheque from the ladies of Inner Wheel Stratford upon Avon club.  Inner Wheel members have been busy since September 2018 raising funds to support Lifespace.  Rita Booth, President, launched the fundraising efforts with a three generation exhilarating ride down Velocity, the fastest zip wire in the world travelling at speeds of over 120mph with her daughter Debbie and grand-daughter Gina.  Inner Wheel members have held a coffee morning and hosted a fashion show to raise monies. 

Rita explained, “Stratford Inner Wheel has been raising money for local and international charities for over 72 years. We are a friendship Club and get together socially for a variety of activities but are also keen to put our skills to good use to support community organisations. Lifespace is a very special charity with the assistance it provides for young people and we are delighted to have raised enough money this year to sponsor 2 mentors.”
Kate Cocker, Lead Mentor, responded "We are thrilled to receive such a generous donation from Inner Wheel and this will help fund two volunteer mentors for the next year.  They will be supported by a supervisor and receive training which enable them to mentor between 16 – 20 young people aged between 7 – 19 who are suffering from some kind of distress."
17 Jun 2019
Winner: South Warwickshire Volunteer Awards 2019
On Thursday 13th June Lifespace was announced the Winner of the 'Health and Wellbeing Group' at the South Warwickshire Volunteer awards 2019.
David Markham, Trustee with Andrew Deeks and Caroline Markham both volunteer mentors proudly receiving the award.
Some examples of how mentoring helps
A sixth form student had low self-esteem and little belief in herself. Her Lifespace mentor spent time unpacking why she felt this way despite being friendly, intelligent and doing well at school. It stemmed from being bullied a few years earlier. Each week her mentor encouraged her about something she had achieved, helping her focus on positive things about herself, rather than negative. Her mentor also helped her prepare for a job interview. She got the part-time job, took on new responsiblities and got to know new people. She blossomed, was earning her own money and was much more confident and happy.

A boy in primary school was experiencing a lot of disruption at home with disputes between older siblings and parents. His Lifespace mentor gave him the time and space to talk and offload his concerns and to understand why his older sister was behaving in the way she was. His self-esteem and self-respect were considerably damaged as he felt guilty that somehow it was his fault. His mentor discussed with him very practical things such as how to sleep better, how to live a healthier lifestyle and how to deal with his frustrations and anger in a positive way and in a way that was agreed at home. He is now more resilient, sleeps better, his behvaiour at school has improved and he has much more peace in his life.


A girl in year 11, with GCSE's looming, found it difficult to control her temper in school and had been excluded on a couple of occasions. Her Lifespace mentor spotted the issues underpinning this behaviour and encouraged her to start believing in herself and her abilities. She began to believe that maybe there was a point to school and that she could pass her exams. They looked at strategies to help her control her anger, she took revision more seriously and set plans and targets. As their sessions came to an end, she thanked her mentor for helping her believe in herself and although she knew she'd left things very late, she'd learned alot about changes she knew she needed to make in her next school/college.




Testimonials



  • "I cannot stress how important the work Lifespace does is: it literally changes all lives for the better and, for many people, is the one place they find solace and support"   Primary School, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • "I've learnt to believe in myself and stick at a task even if it is difficult"   male mentee

    "Accept that flaws don't matter and that I don't need to change to please people"   female mentee
  • "with the cuts in social care and the increase in pupils with complex family circumstances I do not know what we would do without the support of Lifespace"   Special needs school, Warwickshire
  • "Lifespace provide invaluable and irreplaceable support to our young people"   Secondary School, Warwickshire

    "Mentoring has helped me achieve my goals by having someone I could talk to who would listen to me"   female mentee

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