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Time to Talk

Supporting young people with SEND to plan for the future, following the disruption caused by the pandemic and lockdown.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused anxiety and uncertainty for many young people across England.  For young people who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families it has been particularly challenging.  Funded for six months by the National Lottery Community Fund, Time to Talk is a new project offering young people free, strength-based support at home to counter social isolation and provide motivation to make plans for the future.

We have now allocated places to the first cohort, but will be reviewing more requests for support after the second deadline on Monday 19 October 2020, 10am.

Are you betweeen 16 and 25? Unsure what you will do after lockdown? Would it help to talk to someone and develop your ideas?

If you are a young person with additional needs you can request support from this new project, Time to Talk. We can help build your confidence and plan what you want to do next.  

About the project

One-to-one and group online sessions are adapted to suit you. They will include:

  • chatting and getting to know each other
  • hearing what matters to you and your hopes for the future
  • doing activity sheets together to help you to make a plan (this is to help you identify your goals and can be shared with others afterwards if you wish)

To take part, you will need:

  • internet access
  • an iPad, laptop, or smartphone
  • an email address
  • a quiet space in your house to use for our sessions

If you need specific help to take part (e.g. shorter sessions so you can move around, an interpreter, or someone who knows you well to sit in) let us know when you complete the form.  If online sessions are not possible for you, we may be able to provide support on the phone instead.

A document with more information and frequently asked questions, as well as a flyer for young people and a flyer for those requesting support on behalf of a young person can be found in related downloads.  

How to request support from Time to Talk

  • If you are a young person, please complete our online Request for Support form here.
  • If you are a requesting support on behalf of a young person, please complete the online Request for Support form here.

The second deadline for submitting a Request for Support form is Monday 19 October 2020, 10am.  Time to Talk will run from September 2020 to February 2021.   We will regularly look at requests, so please check this webpage for future deadlines.  All young people will be informed if they have been allocated sessions.

Keeping you safe

We aim to keep you safe at all times and all staff are trained in safeguarding.  To find out more about our safeguarding procedures, please see the Safeguarding Statement in related downloads.

If you'd like to discuss the project in more detail, please email alice.mccoll@ndti.org.uk and carol.robinson@ndti.org.uk or call 01225 789135.

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