Where it began
Simone Witherden, founder of TRIP
Back in 2000 – I was challenged as a mother whether I was prepared for my daughter to be a teenager – at the time she was only 10 and I was no way ready for this. This got me thinking, reading and researching.
I put some ideas of what we needed to talk about , in a note book and I booked us a weekend away to dedicate the time just for this. The book/journal allowed us to jot down different conversations as many
of the topics were not relevant to her at this age but were preparing her for the journey ahead. Over the years I have done the same for my other 3 daughters and with each one the content evolved and developed. I then shared this with other moms for them to do it with their children. This led to many
parent seminars in schools to the parents and as a result of these we have now been delivering TRIP into schools for the past 10 years.
Our aim is prepare and equip children and young people in a way that enable and empower them to make informed decisions, considering the consequences of their actions and strategies to manage their emotions.
Taking ownership of their actions and words. We want to give children, young people and their parents the support an care they need to be the best version of themselves and to encourage others and build one another up.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Walt Disney
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.J. K. Rowling
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Dr. Seuss