Change that leads to better lives

Time to Talk

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

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Project summary

Time to Talk was a six-month project which ran from September 2020 to February 2021; it was aimed at providing 16–25-year-olds in England with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) free, strength-based support to counter social isolation and provide motivation to make plans. The project was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is known to have caused higher levels of anxiety and uncertainty for young people with SEND and their families than in many other groups. The project was generously funded by the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.

A total of 51 individuals requested support from the project, either for themselves or by someone else. They went on to receive online, one-to-one support to help build confidence and plan their next steps. Sessions consisted of:

  • chatting and getting to know each other
  • hearing what mattered to the young people and their hopes for the future
  • doing activity sheets together to help make plans and to help identify goals


To read more about the project and its impact, click here.

Requests for Support

We are no longer accepting requests for this project. If you would like to request support from our new programme (2021-2024), please look at the Time to Talk Next Steps webpage.

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