WHAT WE DO
Since 1997 east to west have been bringing hope to young lives all across Surrey and Berkshire. Right now we’re supporting 875 local children, young people and their families struggling with difficult and damaging issues, from self-harming and bullying to broken family relationships, abuse and even homelessness.
Most of our work takes place in local schools, where our Relational Support Workers are journeying alongside young people to understand their situations, grow their confidence and help them thrive. Often our work takes place in 1-1 and group sessions, listening to and caring for students over several months or even years. But it can also involve practical help like going with children to doctor’s appointments or food banks, connecting them with a social worker or specialist counsellor, mending holes in their school uniform, or just making sure they get breakfast.
Whatever kind of help is required, we’ll support them for as long as they need it, because we believe that every vulnerable child and young person in our area should be able to experience wholeness and hope.
Our new partnership with Emerge Advocacy means we're now working to support the worryingly high (and rising) number of young people being admitted to hospital for self harming, overdosing, or attempting suicide.
N.B. Due to the impact of COVID-19 during the 2018/19 academic year, we chose not to create an updated infographic for 2019/20 as it wasn't a fair reflection on the difference our team were able to make in the lives of those we support. We aim to have a new infographic available at the end of this academic year, highlighting our work during the pandemic.
Lots of the children and young people in our care are extremely vulnerable and it's vital that we do everything we can to protect them and their wellbeing. So every year we carefully review our safeguarding policies and procedures and have our Trustees sign a new statement.
Here you can read our 2020/21 safeguarding statement. If you’ve got any questions then feel free to get in touch and ask to chat with Ian Smith, our Safeguarding Coordinator.