The Reach Group

Get to know us

Founded in February 2019, REACH Essex is an organisation that aims to support vulnerable children and young people whose behaviour, anxieties or other factors impact upon their wellbeing and achievements. REACH seeks to support them to realise their full potential and help them flourish. 

We support children and young people from five to seventeen years of age, including children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. 

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Our experience

Our multi-agency staff have extensive experience in statutory Social Care, Education, Youth Offending and Emotional Wellbeing Services. We understand that every child is unique with different needs and personal circumstances. For this reason, we provide bespoke support, tailored to the individual needs of each child and young person, utilising the broad range of skills and knowledge held by our team. As an organisation, we adopt a strength-based model and incorporate a whole family approach to our interventions. 

We’re proud that our service has grown considerably since it was founded; we have achieved numerous positive outcomes for children, young people and their families, evidenced by tremendous feedback from children, parents and professionals. 

Thrive - We Embrace the Thrive approach in our setting

Thrive is grounded in established neuroscience, attachment theory and child development, the Thrive Approach has been developed over the past 25 years and draws on a wealth of experience in social work, psychotherapy and education.

Thrive provides practitioners with the tools, skills and insights needed to help children and young people become more emotionally resilient and better placed to engage with learning and life.

Thrive enables us to meet are young people and children where they are at and provide them with the right intervention at the right time that will give them the opportunities to grow and flourish, ensuring that they know they are special. It’s important to remember that Success is built upon belief.

Thrive with children

Using the Thrive Approach during childhood helps to support the optimal social and emotional development of all children. It also enables you to work in a targeted way with pupils who may have experienced interruptions in their development at an earlier stage, helping them to become ready for learning.

The benefits of Thrive in childhood

  • Offers simple changes to the way you work that will make a lasting difference to children

  • Provides practical strategies and activities to support optimal social and emotional development

  • Profiles emotional and social skills and creates personalised action plans for individuals who struggle to access learning.

  • Helps vulnerable or distressed children to feel safe, special and able to engage with learning

  • Provides simple and effective ways to help reduce exclusions and increase productive learning and achievement.

Thrive with adolescence

Young people experience a burst in brain development, a changing body and challenging transitions as they progress on their journey to adulthood. This phase of development offers an amazing window of opportunity to help them become more emotionally resilient and open to learning.

The Thrive Approach enables you to seize the opportunities of adolescence and create a safe and emotionally healthy environment for the young people in your setting. Through Thrive our practitioners are equipped with the skills to help young people, and there colleagues, understand and respond appropriately to the ups and downs of adolescence.

The benefits of Thrive in adolescence

  • Provides an in-depth understanding of adolescent brain development and the impact this can have on wellbeing and behaviour

  • Helps young people understand the changes happening in their brains and bodies during adolescence

  • Offers right-time and reparative support for adolescent social and emotional development

  • Provides action plans that can be implemented to support the needs of students who struggle to access learning

  • Creates an environment where young people and staff can feel safe, supported and able to thrive.

Our vision

For us, success means unleashing the potential of everyone we engage with. We strive to help young people become better versions of themselves by supporting their growth and development each day. We want to plant a seed of kindness and compassion in a generation that will produce resilience, encourage hope and enable them to fulfil their own destinies. 

Through our wide range of services, we aim to enrich the lives of children, young people and their families. We aspire to fill them with hope, offer support and stability during the times they need it most, and encourage them to envision a brighter future. Our team works tirelessly to provide children and young people with the social and emotional resources needed to help them fulfil their full potential. 

Our Values

Here at REACH, our values are grounded in our determination to be the change we want to see in the world. Through passion, commitment and integrity, we’re committed to helping young people flourish. It’s important that each member of our organisation truly believes in our mission and shares our values. This is why our values form a core part of our selection and recruitment process. 

  • Respect

  • Enthusiasm

  • Aspiration

  • Commitment

  • Hard Work

Our Principles

Combined with our fundamental REACH values, we have guiding principles that provide our staff members with a broad philosophy that emcompasses our personal beliefs. 

  • Child-centred Decision Making

    Here at REACH, the children we work with are at the heart of everything we do. We believe that it’s vital that each decision is made with a conscious consideration of what is best for the particular young person, or group of young people, that it affects. 

  • No Limiting Beliefs

    Limiting beliefs are the things that you believe about yourself and can ultimately place limitations on your abilities. They are subconscious thoughts that creep in and tell you that something is not possible. We help young people overcome any existing limiting beliefs and implement strategies that can help build self-esteem and confidence. 

  • Lead by Example

    It’s imperative that every staff member at REACH acts in a way that demonstrates the correct way to behave. We believe that this is especially important when it comes to respect, enthusiasm, aspirations, commitment and hard work. 

  • Growth

    Growth is an integral part of our mission which is why we have created a culture where both professionals and children are provided with opportunities to be the best version of themselves. 

  • Fearless Engagement with Children

    REACH staff will often find themselves working in a challenging environment. In these situations, it’s crucial that confidence is displayed at all times. In order to support members of staff, we have implemented structures and recommend different approaches to ensure that staff can operate without fear.