Developing resilience and motivating achievement for every child
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About Us

We founded Mondays Child UK as a charitable organisation to work with and support vulnerable children and young people. Running early intervention groups organised through schools we aim to develop their self-belief and self-respect. Providing a safe and nurturing environment we address issues with confidence and low self-esteem by helping them recognise their value and importance within a collaborative team. With a consistent emphasis on strengths we raise aspirations and provide the motivation to help break the cycle of negative and disruptive behaviours. We want to help our young people see that life is bigger than the limited options they believe they have and ultimately effect a larger movement of positive social change.

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Our solution focused ethos aims to empower each child to find their own resolutions to the problems that challenge them, encouraging responsibility and ownership of choices whilst developing mental well-being and resilience.

We focus on 5 key areas, building on each stage to be able to accomplish a sense of achievement:

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We work through schools with vulnerable and disadvantaged children aged 10-16 who may come from the following sectors:
Children in Refuge, Children of Prisoner Families, Looked After Children, Pupil Referral Units, Schools or the Youth Offenders programme.

If you feel your school could benefit from an MCUK intervention programme please get in touch via email.

Our Primary Schools Programme is theatre led where we broaden skills and introduce concepts of engagement and trust in an environment that promotes stability and security. This format creates a team culture and allows the individual to feel safe to learn how to become valued individual as part of a larger group.

Our Secondary Schools Programme continues to support the child through this transition and where we focus on personal development with an emphasis on their future aspirations, driving them forward and supporting their needs to ensure they are able to pursue their desire for further education or employment.

Children need support with understanding their emotions. Studies have indicated that 20% of children have psychological issues of some form[1] and that 70% of these children can be helped through psychological based therapies such as play, creative arts and drama.

By practising effective communication and engagement we are able to form trust, develop self-respect, build resilience and confidence while challenging thinking and belief systems to enable the child to break the perpetual cycle of under achievement. By taking this proactive role and affecting their ideology we provide the foundations for them to develop their sense of ambition and realise their potential.

[1] I.e: Rutter, Cox et al (1975); Venebales (1983); Jeffers & Fitzgerald (1991) and Porteous (1991)

The Team

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Debbie Nicolaou

Debbie graduated from University of Brighton with a BA Hons in Theatre and Art. Then gaining a Diploma in Classical Acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Her acting credits include stage, TV and film.

Jess Plant

Jess has a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts. Her background is TV presenting, voice overs, stage and film work. She has also worked extensively in the music industry.

Melissa Wells

Melissa graduated from Leeds University with a BA Hons Degree in Psychology and Business Management. A published poet, her creative writing skills play a major role when penning productions for the children to perform.

Coralie Maynard Banks

Coralie studied Theatre Studies at Mountview School of Speech and Drama gaining a Diploma in Acting, she then worked as an actor, with a focus on Shakespeare, which inspired her to do an M.A. in Classical Acting at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. More recently she studied for a B.A at Rose Bruford.

Celine Stenson

Celine is currently European Marketing Manager at Aconex and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management.

Dr Nick Nicolaou

Nick completed his BSc and PhD in physics at UCL and went on to become a Research Associate working in collaboration with Cancer Research UK and Illumina.Inc. He is now a Senior Teaching Fellow working within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL.

The team are all enhanced DBS checked and have completed courses in Group Work, Safeguarding, Conflict Resolution and Behavioural Management and Basic First Aid.

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How did the course make you feel about yourself?
Happy and proud
D – aged 9
Did you have fun and enjoy the course and why?
Yes. Because you feel needed
Did you learn anything about yourself while attending the course?
That you have to believe in yourself
What did you enjoy most about the course?
Being listened to and to show myself
What would you change, if anything, about the course?
That it would be longer or do it outside of school
M – aged 10
Did you have fun and enjoy the course and why?
When I go to drama I feel calm and safe
Did you learn anything about yourself while attending the course?
I learnt that I could work with other people well
S – aged 11
Did you learn anything about yourself while attending the course?
I learned to control my anger and to be a better friend
What would you change, if anything, about the course?
I would have changed not leaving and wish it could go on forever
D – aged 11
I think it will effect my life because it will make a big difference as they have done a lot for us since the start of year 6. They have helped us with a lot of things that we would never have guessed. It’s so fun it will be a shame as Thursdays were the best day of school.
Year 6 participant
I have noticed K’s attitude towards me as an adult and in the spelling session I teach has improved enormously. His attitude to his work has got better too.
Teacher – Year 5
I feel that it is good for vulnerable pupils and those struggling with anger and confidence.
Teacher – Year 6
It is a great programme, especially for those who struggle to ‘fit in’. Clearly an engaging and fun programme!Please can more children do this next time.
Teacher – Year 4
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We're always looking for fundraisers to join us in existing organised events or to run new events. We'd love to hear from you on

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All donations are gratefully received.

Your money will help us to extend our services to more children and enable us to continue the vital support that our children need to progress and achieve.

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If you are interested in arranging for us to work within your school setting we would love to hear from you.


An incredibly important area of our work is the assistance and support of volunteers. There are many areas where you could volunteer your time and experience to help us.

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