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Since the end of 2021 GRIT has been working in partnership with the NHS and is currently hosting two adolescent Health and Wellbeing coaches who are overseen by Dr Louise. 

This section therefore contains links and resources that might benefit someone who is seeing a HWB coach or who is receiving support from the NHS. We know how difficult it can appear when trying to navigate the system and wealth of resources that are available so we will try to keep it as simple as possible. 

To start with it’s helpful to explain what our coaches do. They have completed the following training:

  • Trained with Guildhall School of Coaching to advanced level
  • DBS and safeguarding Level 3 trained
  • DICES trained through IAPT

Health coaching is a relatively new addition to NHS services designed to empower patients with their own health and wellbeing. There are many resources out there that support people, but it can be difficult to know what is available. Our adolescent coaches work with the young person to achieve goals they have set and help identify any resources that may support them in doing so, creating an individualised plan that supports the young person in their desired goal whether that be to learn social skills, to feel less anxious, to stop self harming or gain self confidence. It is important to note that this is considered an early intervention strategy and the coaches are not there to diagnose or treat more severe mental health conditions.

Our coaches

Tessa Morey.

Lead Health & Wellbeing Coach for Letchworth and Baldock. Tessa's journey into coaching was inspired by life's unpredictable twists and turns. As a former teacher deeply committed to supporting young people, she found herself drawn to the idea of providing personalised, one-on-one guidance to individuals. Her experience teaching and mentoring, coupled with her personal encounters with mental health challenges among her family, fuelled her passion for coaching. Joining GRIT felt like a natural progression for Tessa, as she was deeply moved by the organisation's local roots and its mission to support children from her own community. With a coaching qualification accredited by the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council), Tessa's coaching philosophy revolves around building trust and connection with her clients, grounded in compassion and understanding without judgment. Tessa tailors her coaching style to each young person, taking a genuine interest in their passions and interests. Tessa's proudest accomplishments at GRIT include witnessing the positive transformations in the young people she coaches and contributing to the charity's growth. Outside of coaching, Tessa finds rejuvenation in her love for horses, singing and boxing, which she finds both powerful and inspiring. Through her coaching endeavours, Tessa aims to make a positive impact by creating resilience, facilitating positive change and raising awareness about mental health among young people.

Hannah Foulds.

I am a Boxing Coach and a Health & Wellbeing Coach.

Lauren Donaldson.

Health & Wellbeing Coach. Lauren values giving every young person a voice and space to be heard, offering support and validation as a GRIT coach. With diverse roles in education and charity work, including teaching and leadership positions, she holds an MSc in Counselling Children and Young People from the University of Northampton and a coaching qualification from the EMCC. Lauren integrates her counselling expertise seamlessly into coaching, emphasizing active listening and creating a non-judgmental environment. She sees behaviour as communication and guides sessions to explore underlying emotions, empowering young people to make positive changes. Excited to continue supporting youth on their journeys, Lauren is dedicated to helping them realise their full potential.

Emma Howe.

Health & Wellbeing Coach.

Gill Carpenter.

Health & Wellbeing Coach. Gill is passionate about improving young people's mental health and finds coaching through GRIT highly rewarding. Her approach is deeply rooted in recognising the uniqueness of each young person, ensuring that every interaction is a learning experience for both herself and her clients. At GRIT, Gill finds inspiration in the unwavering commitment to addressing the mental health needs of all young people—a cause she holds close to her heart, driven by her first-hand experiences witnessing the profound impact of poor mental health on young people. With a degree in psychology, 27 years of experience in primary education and special educational needs and a qualification in Coaching accredited by the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council), Gill brings a wealth of expertise to her coaching practice. She is continuously honing her skills and knowledge through ongoing professional development, including coaching courses, master classes, and mental health training programs. Gill's coaching style is adaptable and client-centred, prioritising the creation of a safe, respectful, and relaxed environment where clients feel empowered to explore and grow at their own pace. Beyond her professional pursuits, Gill enjoys spending time with her friends, family and beloved rescue dog—a constant source of laughter and companionship. Her zest for life extends to her love for comedy, drama, music, and travel, enriching her coaching practice with a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. With a proven track record of supporting young people through various challenges, Gill's dedication to active listening and genuine empathy shines through, earning her the reputation as "someone who listens," a testament to her unwavering commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others.

James O'Mara.

Health & Wellbeing Coach and Boxing Coach. James is driven by a desire to positively impact the lives of young people, drawing inspiration from his experiences as a parent and his passion for coaching. With a background in boxing and a Level 1 qualification from England Boxing, and a qualification in Coaching accredited by the EMCC, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role at GRIT. James prioritises continuous growth and development, tailoring his coaching approach to each individual and emphasising kindness, empathy, and creating a safe space. His proudest accomplishments include receiving positive feedback from parents who have witnessed significant improvements in their children's wellbeing and confidence. Outside of coaching, James finds rejuvenation in long-distance running and prioritises his work-life balance by dedicating time to family and self-care. Through his coaching endeavours, he seeks to guide young people towards greater direction and peace in their lives, leaving a lasting positive impact.

Rebecca Kelly.

Chief Executive Officer. Rebecca boasts a wealth of experience and expertise in driving impactful change and growth through her roles as a coach, coach supervisor, leading her own businesses and previously as a fundraiser in the charity sector. Having navigated the complexities of charity fundraising through her roles at RNIB and Keech Hospice Care, Rebecca brings a deep understanding of the organisational landscape, donor relations and strategic planning to her leadership role. In addition, with a background in coaching and supervising coaches, Rebecca possesses a deep understanding of the nuances of coaching methodologies and practices. This expertise allows her to effectively lead GRIT in developing a strategic approach that empowers young people and supports their mental health. Rebecca's leadership ensures that GRIT's initiatives are not only effective but also aligned with the organisation's mission and values. Rebecca leads with a commitment to supporting young people's mental health through a holistic approach, combining embodied coaching with non-contact boxing. With a dedication to empowering voices and facilitating transformative growth, Rebecca is driven by her mission to make a positive impact on young lives.

Jo Brabrook.

Lead Health & Wellbeing Coach for Hitchin. Jo's coaching journey stems from a deep commitment to unlocking individuals' potential and helping them achieve their goals. With a background witnessing the transformative impact of personalised support, Jo's passion for coaching found its home at GRIT. Equipped with advanced coaching qualifications accredited by the EMCC and specialised training in mental health support, Jo continuously enhances her skills to better serve those facing challenges. Before joining GRIT, Jo facilitated parenting programmes and supported vulnerable pregnant women, shaping her person-centred coaching philosophy focused on empowerment and mutual respect. Her coaching style emphasises building trust and rapport, creating a safe space for clients to explore solutions tailored to their needs. Outside of coaching, Jo enjoys family time and outdoor pursuits like boxing and running, prioritising a balanced life. Through her work at GRIT, Jo envisions empowering young people to realise their potential, earning recognition for her dedication to making a difference in their lives.

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Facts about adolescent health

  1. Adolescence is defined as the transitional period between 10 and 19 (some argue this should be extended to 24 years) where a child becomes an independent adult. It involves physical, psychological, and social changes.
  2. It is a time of significant brain development. What happens in this period influences health and wellbeing in adulthood therefore it is important to address any concerns early rather than assume it is just a ‘phase’ someone will grow out of.
  3. The adolescent brain is different to a child or adults’ brain – see the adolescent brain
  4. Common physical problems include skin problems (acne or worsening of existing health conditions), sexual health problems and possible worsening of chronic health conditions (due to numerous factors).
  5. Half of all mental health disorders in adulthood start by the age 14 but most cases are undetected and untreated (WHO).
  6. Adolescents need more sleep than a child or an adult (8-10 hours night), yet most only get 6.5 to 7.5 hours sleep a night. 
  7. Whilst it can be a challenging time adolescence can also be an exciting and fun time to find out about the world and gain independence. 

Resources

Hwehealthiertogether.nhs.uk has a wealth of information for children, young people, and their parents. 

For young people it covers topics like mental and sexual health and what support is available locally. 

For parents it provides information on how to support your child with body image, eating disorders and SEND as well as information on what courses are available such as parenting a child with ADHD. 

Of note - if you suspect your child may be neurodiverse (ADHD/ASD) you do not need to have a diagnosis of this (you may have decided that a diagnosis is not needed or are waiting to be assessed) before you can access these courses. 

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