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The Become Coaching Programme

At Become we believe in you. We believe your past does not define your future. We believe you can make changes in your life if you want to. We believe you can become the person you want to be.

Is the Become Coaching Programme for me?

Are you aged 16 - 25, care-experienced and live in or near London?

Do you want to move forward with your life, but keep finding yourself back where you started? Do you feel stuck - in your job, in your relationships or just in life in general? Most importantly, do you want to make positive changes in your life?

If so, keep reading!


What exactly is coaching?

The starting point of coaching is that everyone has the potential within them to live a positive and meaningful life. Coaching empowers you to think about and move forward in your life, by creating specific goals which you work towards. Working with a coach is not the same as working with a counsellor, a mentor or an adviser. All these professionals provide valuable things, but it is important to understand that a coach does something different. A coach helps you to unlock your own potential for positive change. A coach helps you to think in different and more useful ways. And a coach helps you open your mind to new possibilities.


How does the Become Coaching Programme work?

The Become Coaching Programme is a free service which has been designed especially for young people with experience of care. If you take part in the programme, you’ll do lots of things, including:

  • create goals which are meaningful to you and work towards achieving them;
  • learn about yourself and your strengths;
  • understand how your thoughts, feelings and behaviour work together;
  • learn how to build healthy, lasting relationships with other people.

If you’re accepted on to the Become Coaching Programme, you will be matched with one of our coaches, who will work with you in one hour, face-to-face meetings every two weeks. These confidential sessions will take place at Become’s headquarters in Islington, London, on weekdays between 9am and 6pm.

The Become Coaching Programme is free. It does not cost you anything to take part. 

We have two open evenings coming up in October 2017: for more info, click here


When I meet with my coach, what will we talk about?

When you meet with your coach, you will talk about… you! Your sessions will be conversations between you and your coach. You’ll talk about where you are in your life and where you want to be. Everyone’s different, so your coach will be making sure that these sessions meet your needs – not anyone else’s.

Together with your coach, you’ll create your own personal goals. Each one will be specific - for example, one of your goals might be to feel confident and look for opportunities to meet new people, to become a doctor, to be able to run a mile in 8 minutes or to enjoy giving presentations at work. They could be short-, medium- or long-term goals. With your coach, you will work out the best way to reach your goal. Over the course of the programme, you will take steps towards achieving them.

You will also attend occasional group coaching sessions at Become’s office in Islington, on weekday evenings or at the weekend. At these sessions, you will meet other young people who have experience of growing up in care. Together, you will learn tools which will help you to understand yourself and your life better – for example, learning how thoughts affect how you feel and behave and learning how to feel positive emotions, like hope, love and pride more often.

You will have 12 one-to-one sessions, and attend four group sessions. Your time on the Programme will last around 6 months. 

Committing to the Become Coaching Programme will change your life. If you are accepted onto the programme, it is both a big commitment and a big opportunity.