Think2Speak social enterprise mission statement

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.

As seen in:

 
 

Lizzie Jordan, Founder and CEO of Think2Speak.

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

Eleven years 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 young people, and the professionals working with them, 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.

     

    BBC One 'Truth About HIV' documentary featured Lizzie Jordan delivering a HIV & AIDS Workshop to Year 9 secondary school students.

    Contact Lizzie Jordan

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    The entire team at Think2Speak introduced enthusiasm, innovation and a significant level of knowledge and expertise into what was a complex and demanding project. They went over and above in offering time and advice, becoming more a part of the team than an agency supplier.
    We were extremely pleased with the results, and in fact increased the project scope with Think2Speak.
    — Charley Blyth Director of Communications and Engagement Lincolnshire NHS
    Some children find it a real challenge to focus on academic work if they have a range of worries and concerns in or out of the school environment. We firmly believe that happy children progress and learn.

    Working with Think2Speak has enabled us to create a bespoke
    PSHE curriculum which meets the needs of our children.

    Having access to counsellors, specially trained to work with children, has enabled us to break down some barriers and we can see a real difference with our pupils as a result. Parents have welcomed the opportunity for their child, or in some cases children, to have access to such a service in the school environment where the children feel safe.

    Think2Speak have responded to our needs extremely quickly and effectively. They are the upmost professionals and passionate about the wellbeing of all pupils. They have a vast knowledge and experience base. Any support with policy and procedure is forthcoming and they always offer a friendly ear for advice either via the telephone or e mail.
    — Sarah Woolley, Lea Frances Olive Anderson Primary
    My son aged 15 years received 6 counselling sessions at his School with a Think 2 Speak counsellor. He was able to talk through his thoughts and feelings about the challenges he was struggling to cope with. We were able to notice an incredibly difference in his attitude at home, he has since been able to talk more respectfully and has calmed down his negative behaviour towards his family members. We believe his counsellor offered him a safe and confidential place and challenged his own negative thoughts about himself. He has developed a deeper awareness of himself and can now take care of himself more safely. He has grown in confidence and self esteem through this process.
    — Parent of child counselled in school by Think2Speak
    The emotional health and well-being of our students and staff is extremely important. Through our school systems and ethos we strive to ensure that all individual needs are met.
    Training we have received from Think2Speak has provided staff with the opportunity for self-reflection and also to consider how the good practice in the school supports our students well-being.
    Becoming a Think2Speak school is an important part of our ongoing commitment to developing our provision further.
    — Leigh Bentley, Headteacher, Ash Villa School