Category: Real Life Stories

Dear Headteacher… An open letter to a Head about staff wellbeing

Dear Headteacher Before I get on with follow-up emails for everyone I saw this morning, I wanted to take a moment to write and officially thank you.  I want to thank you for the way you are choosing to lead your school.  Thank you for making time and allowing your staff to have access to training around



I Don’t Have That Badge Anymore – a child free from PTSD

I don’t think I have ever shared direct words from any of my clients before. I have thought long and hard about doing it now, and the reason I am sharing what this incredible boy wrote as part of our closing process, was because HE wanted it shared. The idea that his experience can inspire



Nutrients change children… and families

I love, love, love it when we give a child the right level of nutrients their body needs. The changes that can come from this simple step are sometimes quietly significant, and sometimes they are so massive they make me want to shout from the rooftops!   I just got this feedback from one of



“We Feel Supplements Played a Vital Part” ~ Testimony from Adopting Parents

Those who are familiar with the CHEW ethos, will know that we like to work holistically wherever possible. It is so important as health; physical, mental and emotional well-being IS all connected. We understand how stress impacts a body and wherever we can, we help others understand that too. Children who have experienced a high



“He Bangs his Head on the Desk”

“And there is another one too…. he bangs his head on the desk.” This was one of the things said to me at the end of the Introduction to Trauma training I delivered for schools in Cannock and Rugely last week. So let me ask you – if this was a child you knew – what



“I haven’t been ill this term”

That feeling of getting through a day in school with all the usual demands? That feeling of getting through a day in school with all the usual demands AND feeling like you are coming down with (or already have) something? You might be interested to read this – sent in from one of the SLT



You Are Not the Only One – Trauma Among Staff

Last week, following another Understanding Trauma course I ran, I had several conversations with attendees who confessed to me that at some point in the sessions they had stopped listening to me and started counting. That was fine by me – what they were really saying was they could relate to what I was talking



How a Dad Affected his Family through Drink

One of the children I used to work with, was part of a family of 5.  Through regular contact and updates with both parents I had a clear sense of the bigger picture they were all living with. So imagine this : going through multiple traumatic experiences as a family – and still struggling to



5 years on – the story after trauma…

It was 5 years ago yesterday that I was involved in a road traffic accident…  So not surprisingly, I have been quietly reflecting on all that has happened since. If you have ever heard me talk about it or read my book After The Crash, you will know that one of the best things that



More than Words

Just a few of the words that flow through everything that CHEW Initiatives is about. The reason it exists … the vision and the values are all in there. Enjoy pondering them. I have tried lots of times, but have to say it is impossible for me to consider these words and not be stirred,