Who we are
east to west is at the forefront of bringing hope to young lives. Our vision is for children, young people and families to overcome the challenges (spiritual, mental, emotional and physical) they face and become the very best they can be. To enable this, we developed Relational Support Work, a pastoral response based on compassionate, valuing relationships which puts those we serve at the heart of all we do. Outworked in partnership with schools over the past 22 years, Relational Support Work has made a difference in the lives of more than 27,000 children, young people and families across a generation.
At east to west we are committed to being present in the messy realities of young people’s day-to-day lives, offering hands-on, whole-hearted help for as long as they need it. And we do that because as a Christian organisation we believe that Jesus cares deeply for each vulnerable child and young person we see and wants us to be a practical demonstration of that love.
We are not perfect, and we are always learning, but we work hard to live out our ethos as a selfless and devoted community where compassion and integrity meet fun – so that in every encounter we can bring hope to the young lives we are privileged to be a part of.
Primary (aged) Schools Work
At present we’re based in 3 Windsor First schools and an Infant and Junior school in Iver (South Bucks), delivering Family Link Work. We also have a Child and Adult Counsellor in a primary school in Stanwell (north Surrey)
Secondary Schools Work
Working across all 6 Spelthorne Borough Secondary schools, our team of Relational Support Workers (plus one Relational Counsellor) provide hundreds of hours of 1:1 and group work support. We also have team based at Esher High, Hinchley Wood and Jubilee High in Addlestone.
Emerge is a new project, based at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey. A team of volunteers works alongside the Emergency Department team, providing pastoral care for young people (10-25) who have been admitted as a result of attempted suicide or self-harm injury.
The levels of need in schools is increasing, meaning additional pressure and stress on an already under pressure and stretched NHS. Peripatetic Counselling allows our team to access clinical support for students who need it in a much quicker way than traditional mental health services can provide.
To find out more about our work and what we’re up to, you can visit https://www.easttowest.org.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/e2wrelationalsupport – alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring us on 01784 438007.