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The joy of giving.

Emily Croucher | 24th July 2020

I often wish I had mastered the art of gift buying. You know those people who somehow always know EXACTLY what to buy. Who have the amazing ability to hold on to a detail, mentioned briefly in a conversation 6 months ago, a find a perfect gift for everyone, every time.Giving is one of the 5 ways to wellbeing, and has been shown to have incredible p

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Stop and smell the roses

Emily Croucher | 15th July 2020

When lockdown was first announced I spent a couple of weeks in my flat alone, before deciding to go back to my parents' in Bournemouth. I have recently returned to my flat in Hitchin and am accutely aware of how much has changed since I left three months ago. Generally I enjoy keeping myself busy and most of the time choose the company of others ov

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What are you doing?

Emily Croucher | 10th June 2020

A lot of change has happened over the past few months. With schools closed and social distance measures in place, much of our usual work and programmes are unable to run as normal. Just like everyone else, we have had to adapt and change the way that we are doing things. We are still as passionate as ever about building resilience and good wellbein

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Grow Workshops

Emily Croucher | 27th March 2020

Guest blog from Olivia Truscott, a sixth form volunteer for Grow. Over the past term, we have started a year 5 workshop series called Grow, looking at building resilience, understanding emotions, and managing change and disappointment. We have had an amazing team of 6th form students from local Hitchin schools volunteering to help us run these work

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Random Acts of Kindness

Emily Croucher | 14th February 2020

Have you ever carried out a random act of kindness? Or been on the receiving end of one? There are some amazing stories I have heard of incredible acts of generosity. A friend recently told me of a time when he was making the huge and difficult choice to quit his job and pursue something completely different. He was unsure and doubting his decision

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Managing emotions

Emily Croucher | 20th January 2020

As part of our Grow workshop, we have been looking at positive ways for children to manage their emotions and have encouraged them to reflect on strategies that they would find helpful when they feel angry, sad or worried. This page will explain some of the strategies used, as well as other examples that may work better at home. Many parents will a

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The Heart of Christmas

Emily Croucher | 13th December 2019

Today is the end of two weeks of our Christmas Unwrapped workshop, where we are able to share the story of the first Christmas with 15 groups of Year 6 students in Hitchin. One of the central messages of the workshop is how we have wrapped the message of Christmas up in so many other things – parties, food, presents, music, decorations. All wonderf

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Something new

Emily Croucher | 1st November 2019

Hello, I'm Emily and I am new! Well, not brand new. I joined the Phase team at the end of August as the Early Intervention Lead, but there are still lots of things I am getting my head around. It’s been a crazy few weeks, but I have felt so welcomed and it is a blessing to be working with such an amazing team. One of the biggest things I noticed in

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