Over 60 people celebrated the launch of new Lincolnshire based social enterprise, Think2Speak CIC at BG Futures in Lincoln last night.
Naomi Watkins and Lizzie Jordan have collaborated to co-found Think2Speak, to help young people, and those working with them, tackle subjects they find difficult to talk about. Working with schools, youth clubs, young people and their families to free young people from the stigma of discussing subjects like loss and bereavement, domestic abuse, sexual health and mental health.
The pair both recognised the issues young people are dealing with and wanted to do something about the ‘uncomfortable silences’ young people often felt when discussing sensitive subjects with the professionals involved in their lives.
After 8 years with Childline and NSPCC, Naomi is a respected speaker, trainer and emotional wellbeing consultant and Lizzie, marketing consultant at Yello Story, is recognised as one of the ’top 8 HIV patient advocates’ in the UK.
The pair are supported by an Advisory Panel of 7 respected advisers; Oliver Tasker from Wilkin Chapman, Helen Bates from William Farr CofE Comprehensive School, Simon Garside Youth Offending Team. Gill Angel from RAF, David Grech of B&G HR, Sandya Wellwood, NHS and Chris Jackson, eMentor. Think2Speak then also have a team of quality assured specialists, resource providers and subject experts.
‘The launch event was extremely well attended which demonstrates the potential that Think2Speak offers, not only to schools and young people but their families when it’s needed the most. With such a gap in the provision of services Think2Speak represents an amazing opportunity for Lincolnshire to receive the support it desperately needs in a subject area that is often neglected and ignored. Naomi and Lizzie are passionate which shone through during the evening and are leaders in their field which will ensure the project is a success and I feel honoured to be involved in this project.’ Oliver Tasker, Senior Solicitor at Wilkin Chapman LLP
'Teachers and staff often don’t have the time, resource or knowledge to handle ‘difficult’ conversations such as the ones my child and I have had to regularly tackle. We would like to see young people, and the professionals working with them, have the skills to confidently handle sensitive conversations, to know who to think to speak to and where to go to access further support. Think2Speak will provide these services’ Lizzie Jordan
‘To do this we need help and support - financially by making a donation by clicking here, by volunteering or by telling a school about Think2Speak. We would like schools to get in touch to see how their staff, young people and their families can all benefit from the Think2Speak membership programme.’ Naomi Watkins