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Our stories

Our stories

Place2Be's work has been transforming lives for over 25 years.

Read the stories of children, young people, counsellors and school staff across the UK.

Children's stories

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Meet Mohammed

Mohammed experienced anxiety and struggled to leave his house. Seeing a counsellor helped to build his confidence.

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Meet Poppy

Five-year-old Poppy lived away from her parents and wasn’t sleeping well. Counselling helped her to cope with her situation.

 

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Meet Charlotte

Eight-year-old Charlotte struggled to make friends in her new school. Seeing a counsellor helped to bring back her confidence.

 

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Meet Joe

After Joe’s parents separated, he felt unsettled at home. Counselling helped him adapt to change.

 

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Meet Sofia

After being evicted, counselling helped eight-year-old Sofia to feel supported and cope with the changes in her life.

 

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Matthew talks about how Place2Be supported him

Matthew's Story

Eight-year-old Matthew witnessed his mum change due to alcohol. Counselling helped him to feel safe and listened to.

 

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George's Story

After George’s dad passed away, counselling helped him to cope with his loss and express how he was feeling.

 

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Counsellors' Stories

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Meet Amy

Amy talks about the important role of play in helping to understand what's happening in a child's world.

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Meet Cecilia

During her placement, Cecilia saw the life-changing impact of working therapeutically with children.

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Meet Susanne

Susanne talks about her journey towards becoming a counsellor, and the invaluable support she received.

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Meet Chonda

Chonda’s placement taught her about the importance of early intervention.

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Child painting

Meet Lisa

Lisa talks about how important the debriefing sessions were during the placement.

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Counsellor talking to a child who has hands together

Meet Nikki

Nikki's work with Place2Be has helped to grow her confidence.

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Meet Janet

A former teacher on the new things she’s learned about supporting children.

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School Staff Stories

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Meet Liam

Specialist support has benefited our staff and pupils - and families now engage with the service too.

 

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Emma

Meet Emma

Over the past 10 years, Place2Be has helped support the complex needs of the children in our school.

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Bethan with Welsh Education Minister and Place2Be CEO, Catherine Roche

Meet Bethan

For 10 years, Place2Be has been making a huge difference to our school community.

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News & blogs

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Black Lives Matter - statement from Place2Be

A statement from Place2Be's CEO on the Derek Chauvin trial verdict, and our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Looking behind the behaviour – how children communicate

In an extract from the Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme, we explore how children communicate with behaviour.

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Stress Awareness Month - it's time to look after yourself

Our free online training will help teachers and school staff to support their pupils, and their own, mental health.

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