Confidence and Connection Sessions | Years 8 | Group E
Over these three sessions we will be learning about your wonderful strengths, managing anxiety, and being a part of a community.
Programme Start Date
02 Mar, 18:30 – 19:30
About the event
Sessions are small groups of 6-8 with two facilitators and are Neurodiverse centred. There is no obligation for your young person to take part. They can just listen with cameras off or participate however is comfortable. There will be a number of ways young people can interact if they choose to.
In this first session we will be learning about strengths you may not even know you had.
We’ll be reflecting on our own unique strengths and what they bring to the world.
We will also talk more about what the next sessions will look like, and work together to figure out what you would like to get out of the next two sessions.
As this is our first session we will be working on getting comfortable and settled in. There is no expectations on young people. If they do feel comfortable to take part we will support them to do so through a range of means including messaging, and interactive experiences.
In our second session, we’ll be thinking about ways we can help manage anxiety.
We’ll explore why and how anxiety can be different for ADHD and autistic people, and the different ways we might need to approach anxiety so that we’re working with our brains.
We’ll also talk about thinking styles and explore tools we can use to help us in a variety of situations.
In this session, we’ll be discussing how being autistic or ADHD can impact making friends, maintaining relationships, and being a part of a community.
We'll learn ways that we can build connections with others using our unique neurodivergent interests and strengths.
We'll practice a couple of tools and techniques to help you develop relationships in a way that works for you.
Sessions are small groups of 6-8 with two facilitators and are Neurodiverse centred.There will be a number of ways young people can interact if they choose to.
The sessions will be led by Sascha and one other facilitator depending on your session time.
Sascha is an experienced facilitator and coach with young people and has won awards for innovative work in schools. She has a background in creative arts, and has worked to introduce young people to the benefits of creativity.
Mekkin is our Lead Peer Support Guide. As an autistic and ADHD person, she had her own struggles with secondary school and university. Now she uses her strengths and experiences to help support and guide neurodivergent young people, as well as create educational content on behalf of Uncommon.
Becky is a coach, SENCO and safeguarding specialist. She has worked in leadership roles within a large secondary school including that of a Special Educational Needs coordinator, which has given her valuable expertise on training education practitioners to create learning environments for young people which are inclusive for all.
Zak is a peer mentor, currently studying physics at Nottingham University. Zak works on our co-design panel, bringing valuable lived-experience to our experience design, and as a budding coder built the first Uncommon bot!
We will send out full details about each session as well as the confirmed facilitators 2 days before each event along with a welcome video that young people can view.