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Our vision:

 

Empowering people to be confident communicators

  • To talk about what is important in life

  • To equip people with the skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe

  • To empower people to make life decisions with confidence.

Our work:

 
  • Enables young people to participate better in society

  • Provides advice, training and support to teachers and individuals working with young people

  • Provides advice, mentoring, counselling and activity resources for young people

  • Organises programmes of emotional wellbeing and other activities

  • Helps young people advance in life and develop their skills, confidence, capabilities and capacities

  • Works in partnership with other organisations to seek solutions to the barriers and problems encountered by young people

  • Advises parents and families about the issues young people may have and how to manage them through training and workshops

  • Promotes social inclusion and social integration in communities.

Award Winning Social Enterprise as seen in:

 
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Lizzie Jordan, Founder and CEO of Think2Speak

Marketing consultant. Award winning social entrepreneur. Mother. Widow. HIV positive. One person; a myriad of possible labels.  

Over a decade ago, Lizzie became a mother, a widow and HIV positive all within an 18 month period.  Her life was turned upside down, so she moved away from her London fashion career, and returned to rural Lincolnshire to be near her family.

In 2012 Lizzie, as a single mother to a grieving child, wanted to find resources and training locally for her child’s primary school. She struggled. 

Lizzie recognised the issues being faced in classrooms across the UK and wanted to do something about the ‘uncomfortable silences’ young people often felt when discussing sensitive subjects with the professionals involved in their lives. 18 months of plotting and planning later Think2Speak CIC was founded.

Professionals often don’t have the time, resource or knowledge to handle ‘difficult’ conversations such as the ones Lizzie and her child have had to regularly tackle. Lizzie and her team work with people to empower them to have the skills to confidently handle sensitive conversations, to know who to think to speak to and where to go to access further support.

Lizzie has, since her own diagnosis in 2006, become ‘one of the UK’s highest profile HIV advocates’; spoken in the House of Lords as Terrence Higgins Trust's invited speaker, been interviewed by Stephen Fry for his BBC documentary ‘Stephen Fry HIV & Me’ and she has also appeared on BBC Breakfast, and featured inThe Guardian, The Observer and The Mirror amongst others. In October 2017 Lizzie was acknowledged by Natwest on their inaugural WISE100 list - recognising inspiring and innovative female social entrepreneurs.

She has spoken internationally about her life, experiences and champions effective engagement with stakeholders.  In 2016, Lizzie became 1 of 3 Patient Public Voices on the NHS England Specialised Commissioning Clinical Reference Group (CRG) for HIV.

Lizzie also works as an expert patient consultant, adviser and 'inspirational speaker', and as a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham City University and Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.

 
 
 
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‘As we all know, life is filled with many unexpected moments. Some induce a lovely warm glow and feel magical in every sense of the word others much less so, for they are the ones we try to tame or forget in their entirety. For children and young people trying to navigate their way across stormy seas those memories of adverse experiences are like hidden rocks that ships try to avoid at all costs. Through their skilled talking approach, Think2Speak not only provide a lighthouse service for children and young people but also help with other essentials just in case one of those hidden rocks gets in the way.

As an educator who frames my work round acceptance, inclusion, equality, respect and dignity for all children I felt extremely humbled when asked whether I would consider being a patron of Think2Speak. Without hesitation I accepted due to the fact our moral compasses align.

It is clear that Think2Speak is an outward facing organisation that places firmly the wellbeing of children and young people at the centre of everything it does. Their offer is unique, necessary and much needed, not just in Lincolnshire, but across the country. I feel very honoured to be included in their journey and to be patron of Think2Speak.’

Claire Birkenshaw, Patron of Think2Speak

 

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