WIRED is youth service providing intervention, education and training in supporting young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. We work directly with vulnerable and at-risk adolescents in parallel with equipping their wider communities and professionals in the sector. Services are delivered in BCP and the wider Dorset surrounding areas.

WIRED launched in 2018 as a response to the growing need for young people to easily accesses early intervention. Our work is engaging, practical and innovative, blending youth work with therapeutic counselling skills. WIRED’s team is made up of qualified, skilled and empathic workers who are passionate about supporting young people to thrive. We are aware that the world of young people’s lives is everchanging, we continuously review our services to ensure we remain relevant and adhere to highest professional standards.

16

Million people in the UK experience a mental illness

3 in 4

Mental illnesses start at childhood

10%

Of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday

75%

Of young people with a mental health problem are not receiving treatment

Liz Edge

Director & Founder – Liz is a professionally qualified youth worker and trainer with local and national experience. She is currently working towards BACP accreditation as a counsellor and psychotherapist running the main operations of WIRED.

John Good

Director – John runs The Watersport Library in Poole and has a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

Rev Tim Haines

Director – Tim’s focus is on organisational development, funding and business strategy.

Will Reddaway

Director – Will area of expertise are technology and communications.

Rob Duyvestyn

Counsellor – Rob is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist who voluntarily delivers WIRED services.

Nick Edge

Voluntary Consultant – Nick helps with some of the day to day background operations.

COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY

WIRED is a Community Interest Company (PROJECTWIREDUK CIC – Company Number 11470911), and as such, governed by our Directors in ensuring we achieve our social objectives within our constitution and continual investment in the communities we support.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING

Real words, from real people

  • “Liz offers solid information around mental health issues, identification, tools, support and guidance for when working with young people. I am always happy to support and promote her work. I have been pleased to have her present at a workshop I set up for local Youth Workers looking at mental health issues for our young people.”
    Dani Ford-HornYouth Development Worker Bournemouth and Poole CVS
  • “It has been fantastic to see the impact WIRED support has had on all levels, with staff able to see positive change in the students. As a school we look forward to continuing working with WIRED.”
    Cara SabournDeputy DLS & Pastoral Support, Gillingham School
  • “Something I have learnt from the 1-2-1 support service is to love myself and I’m not alone.”
  • “A highlight from 1-2-1 support service is . . . I can get stuff off my chest and know I won’t be judged.”
  • “Very engaging delivery and support information.”
  • “I loved hearing about all the resources that can be used with young people."
  • “I would recommend it because it’s helped me a lot and was very useful to talk about my emotions.”
  • “I want my school to know that this has helped me think differently and helped me feel better”
  • “Very engaging delivery and support”
  • “This course has really helped me to be more condiment in myself and trust others more”
  • “The most interesting part of the workshop was how to address and ask questions to young people who confide in you”
  • “The expanded definition of self-harm really altered my understanding”