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The Become Coaching Programme

At Become, we believe there is a world of potential in every young person. If you work with care-experienced young people, we’re sure you feel the same way. If you know a young person who needs help to bring about positive change in their life, consider referring them to the Become Coaching Programme.

Why Become?

Become has been supporting and giving voice to children in care and young care leavers for 25 years (formerly as The Who Cares? Trust). Our years of experience working with children in care and young care leavers has shown us that pre-care experiences and time in care can leave young people lacking in self-belief and aspiration. But we also know that with the right support, young people can unleash their potential. That’s why we've developed the Become Coaching Programme.

 

Why coaching?

The starting point of coaching is that everyone has the potential within them to thrive.

Working with a coach is not the same as working with a counsellor, therapist or mentor. These professionals provide valuable interventions, but a coach provides something different. Coaching gives young people the power to unlock their own potential for positive change, by providing them with the tools to build resilience, improve wellbeing and understand themselves better. Coaching empowers young people to think about and move forward positively in their lives, by creating and working towards specific goals.

The Become Coaching Programme aims to achieve profound, positive and sustainable improvement in young people’s wellbeing and give them the tools to shape their future with optimism and resilience.

How does the Become Coaching Programme work?

The Become Coaching Programme is a free, bespoke service for care-experienced young people aged 16 to 25. Our Coaching and Support Team deliver the programme in-house. Through one-to-one and group work, young people:

  • create specific personal goals and work towards achieving them;
  • learn how to cultivate positive emotions, such as confidence, self-esteem and optimism;
  • learn how to build stronger and healthier relationships with other people;
  • develop coping techniques that will help them navigate around and through crises;
  • understand how their thoughts, feelings and behaviour work together.

 

Our coaches support young people to identify, build on and operate from their strengths, as opposed to focusing on problems. Coaching focusses on the future, not the past.

A young person's time on the Become Coaching Programme lasts around six months. All sessions take place at Become’s headquarters in Islington, London.

Young people meet with one of our friendly coaches, for one hour, face-to-face meetings every two weeks. Together with their coach, the young person explores different areas of their life, to discover where they want to create positive change. They then define their own personal goals, which could be short-, medium- or long-term. Working with their coach, they map out the best way to reach their goal. Over the course of the programme, they will take steps towards achieving them.

During their time on the programme, young people also attend four fun group sessions, which focus on learning tools to improve wellbeing – for example, looking at how thoughts, feelings and behaviours interact, how to manage negative emotions and promote positive ones. 

A young person will receive 12 one-to-one sessions, and attend four group sessions. The programme is free.