Think Children - A Brief History

1981 - Founded

As the Juvenile Treatment Unit. Groups for juveniles in trouble aged 10-16 ½ yrs run by volunteers under the guidance of a group leader who was either a Probation Officer or Social Worker.

1984 - Charity registration

As the Juvenile Support Agency. Continues to work in same way but at some stage numbers start to decline until charity is moribund.

1991/92. - Turn around

A new project leader is recruited as a turn-around agent. The JSA is resuscitated and refocused on children 8-14 yrs.

1992/93 - Evaluation

Parents request earlier intervention. “Nobody wants to know till it’s too late!”

1994/95 - Innovation

1:1 sessions introduced.  Evening sessions held using trained volunteers.

1995/96 - Pilot Studies

Schools request one-to-one work.  Piloted in two schools in Newark and Sherwood.

1996/97 - Scale-up and name change

The charity becomes renamed as Think Children. Work extended into 7 schools.  A new constitution no longer restricts us to Newark and Sherwood.

1998/99 - Reviewed by Social Services.

Given a glowing report.  "There is nothing else offered to equal this service"

1999/2010 - Rapid growth

Extend work to Mansfield, Ashfield, City of Nottingham & Bassetlaw. Our training is accredited with North East Midlands Open College Network (2001). We are commissioned by North Notts CAMHS from 2007. Worked with 682 children in 2009/2010.

2012 - Became an incorporated charity

We are now a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in England & Wales No:7952016 and a new charity registered no: 1146301