Project information

Explore Emotional Health & Hope

Over half todays children and youth experience a great deal of poverty & hardship as a result of broken family relationships. Our workshops with experienced volunteers help vulnerable teens see for themselves that positive family role models exist and that their own future relationships can last.

April 2018 - October 2018

Charity information: Explore

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  • Need


    Young people are hardest hit when their parents relationship fails. Family breakdown affects 1/3 of our population. 3/4 of young people not living with both parents are likely to fail at school or become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Not having good relationships at home can be seen as a normal part of teenage rebellion, but lack of stable home life makes vulnerable young people less able to aspire to success and happiness in later life. Children learn about sex at school but not relationships.


    We provide carefully vetted volunteer couples and facilitate them to talk about their successful long term relationships to young people at school, youth club, young offenders institution or pupil referral units.
    We help young people with age appropriate understanding by learning from the experience of volunteer married couples. Young people ask searching questions in the safety of the classroom to trusted adults about their own relationship. Young people gain hope of emotional stability.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide Explore Relationships workshops to 1,000+ young people across England.


    » Ensure that our workshops are facilitated at 10+ different schools/youth clubs across England, in the most disadvantaged areas.
    » Recruit suitable volunteer couples to expand the work we do already, to reflect the diverse culture of the country.

    We collect data of numbers of young people engaged in each session.

    Aim 2

    To collect feedback and analysis following the workshops to share with supporters and partners.


    » We will carry out impact measurement survey using survey monkey to demonstrate the difference we make to young people's attitudes & perceptions.

    We have a tried and tested feedback mechanism that all young people are encouraged to complete at the end of each session.

    Aim 3

    To provide a sustainable service to the schools and clubs that want to provide an Explore at cost.


    » Maintain existing fundraising activity to ensure that growth of service is achievable
    » Develop and expand our local team of staff across England to meet demand
    » Ensure we have enough and varied volunteer couples to meet demand for our interactive workshops

    We will increase the number of and frequency of Explore Relationship workshops held.

  • Impact


    We expect that young people will experience less anxiety and confusion - and be less vulnerable to engaging in high risk behaviours.
    We hope that communication among young people and intergenerational improves, which will also alleviate underlying causes of mental health problems.
    Often straight after a workshop, we find that home relationships tension improves since young people are better able to understand the dynamics of their own home life, which can help protect them for the future.


    Schools fail to invite Explore to run workshops - the funding provided will allow our charity to offer the workshops on a free trial basis, so we are anticipating this won't be a big risk.

    Staff & Volunteer capacity - we currently have 6 part time staff and 200 volunteer couples & facilitators, so we should be able to manage demand.


    We will collect data and testimonials from young people, to share with donors via email newsletter in July.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 staff time 2 staff working 2 days a week to arrange workshops, recruit /prepare volunteer couples
      £1,500 volunteer travel to protect privacy of volunteers, we always take them 'out of area' locally
      £1,000 marketing digital/actual literature to promote workshops
      £2,500 admin/governance contribution to overheads, training, insurance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Rex Chester £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We run Explore sessions in multiple towns and cities across England. These are all areas of high deprivation and child poverty.
    We plan through this project to be able to offer workshops in boroughs and schools with a high proportion of free school meals eligible children.


    Children and young people: half or all Y10-13's in school today live in a single parent household. Many have little or no contact with one or both parents. The trials of adolescence are magnified when home life is strained and further multiplied when the family are living below the poverty line.
    Stable family structure is a key indicator of future child poverty, so our work bringing insight and hope, may help reduce child poverty in the next generation.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Explore have been addressing the issue or relationships education since 2001. Whilst there are a number of well-known charities offering 'sex education' the focus is on the biology and crime prevention - rather than on 'how to meet someone, fall in love and live happily ever after'. Ofsted highly praised a company last year, who used actors to dramatise relationships ed - whereas we use authentic, long term married couples - to share their life stories. We get 95% positive feedback.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rosie Simpson

    Operations Manager: Rosie has been with Explore since 2012, running workshops & recruiting staff and volunteers.

    Michaela Hyde

    Local Development Officer/Comms: Michaela looks after east London/Essex schools and also writes our blog posts

    Ian Harkness

    Local Development Officer/Fundraiser: Ian looks after Kent and South London schools, recruits volunteers and supports our donor relationships.

We find having Explore dialogues as part of our PHSE classes a real asset. It helps students understand that truth, trust, faith and communication are the key to happiness - it's not just money, status and fast cars you know!