Place2Be

Place2Be is incredibly grateful to donors that choose to make unrestricted grants to our work, of which Pears Foundation is the most significant. This kind of support provides us with the security and flexibility to be innovative and ambitious, and has underpinned our ability to adapt and grow. The support and endorsement of Pears Foundation has been vital in making this possible. They have asked challenging questions and shared their knowledge, helping us refine realistic and sustainable long-term plans.
Benita Refson OBE, President, Place2Be
School-based counselling makes sense on many levels. It offers children a safe and non-stigmatising place to talk about things that trouble them, so that problems can be addressed early on. For schools, having Place2Be’s trained counsellors on site gives teachers and other staff confidence to address issues around mental health and wellbeing, and school heads and governors tell us they value how this in turn helps create a culture of more openness and emotional resilience across the school.
Kari Holtung

Place2Be is one of the UK's leading advocates of children's mental health and wellbeing. With one in ten children in Britain (three in every classroom) affected by a mental health problem it has never been more important to invest in the availability of front-line emotional and psychological support.

Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play. The charity works with 257 primary and secondary schools, reaching a school population of 105,000 children, helping them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma. Place2Be offers children a place that they can come to get the help they need. To them, it is a place where they can feel safe and cared for. To their community it is a place where they can begin on a path to a productive and enjoyable life.

Teachers, parents and children alike recognise the benefits of receiving support from Place2Be, which has a positive impact on all areas of a child's life. With proper care and support, children are far less likely to experience mental health issues in adult life. There is also considerable evidence that good mental health contributes to academic performance, improved attendance and reduced exclusion rates.

Pears Foundation has been a supporter of Place2Be’s work since 2010. The Foundation is the charity's single largest funder of core costs, with grants totalling over £400,000 to date. In the time since Pears Foundation began its support, Place2Be has expanded into eighty additional schools, reaching a further 44,000 children and young people, their parents and teachers.