Friends Programme’s

The Friends programmes are designed by Dr Paula Barrett , an internationally recognised scholar and
groundbreaking researcher in the field of child psychology.

The Programmes are designed to;

● Build resilience through social and emotional skills development.
● Empower children, families and teachers.
● Promote peer learning through play and experiential/inquiry learning.
● Encourage support networks and positive role models

Fun Friends is for children aged 4 - 7 years of age, it consists of 8-10 weekly sessions with parental involvement during all sessions. The aim of this programmes is to build resilience through social and emotional skills development to empower children, families and teachers.  Promote peer learning through play and experiential/inquiry learning and encourage support networks and positive role models.

Friends for Life is for children and young people aged 8 to 12 years of age, it consists of 8-10 weekly sessions. The Friends for Life program has been developed by Paula Barrett for children aged between 8 and 11 to assist them in coping with anxiety, fear, and sadness. Friends for Life has been developed to be administered alongside educational and curriculum guidelines, and as such is complementary to school-based learning.

Friends Youth is for young people ages 13 to 17 years of age, it consists of 8-10 weekly session. To build social and emotional resilience in adolescents aged between 12-15 years. Adolescence poses new challenges and provides completely new experiences for young people, and young people can find themselves faced with elevated expectations and increased responsibilities, higher academic workloads, increased peer pressure and more difficulties with friends. 

Adult Resilience Programme

The Resilience for Life Adult Programme is a series of structured workshops
based on sound theoretical principles. Each of the skills and strategies taught
has a strong research base.
The programme is fun, structured, purposeful, time limited and, at times
transformational, putting adults in touch with their existing skills and enabling
the growth of further skills and new ways of thinking.
The programme focuses on teaching participants the skills to recognise and
manage their thoughts, feelings and actions. The Resilience for Life

Programme is aimed at developing an individual's ability to respond positively
to challenging events in their life using a resilience toolbox to they can reduce
stress and overcome challenges. Courses are run over 6 weeks, with 2 hour
sessions each week.