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About Us

Life & Soul is a local charity in Tunbridge Wells working
with children and young people age 5-25. We deliver assemblies, mentoring, resilience workshops, relationships education and Play Therapy in local primary and
secondary schools and at a hostel for homeless youth.

The aim, through all our work with young people, is to raise their self-esteem and help them accept and celebrate who they are, discover their voice, gain knowledge and be empowered to make wise life decisions.


Our Work


You will see our work in a number of forms within primary schools, all supporting the KS1&2 Collective Worship requirements and RE curriculum. Our vibrant self-penned theatre-style assemblies prove to be incredibly popular with children and staff alike; delivering positive messages based on biblical teachings. At present we are touring the local primary schools with a three part 'Future' themed assembly which focusses on Growth Mindset which helps develop a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.


‘Unlimited’ is designed to build self-esteem amongst children in school years 5 and 6. We aim to help tackle the ever-increasing mental health crisis by encouraging a positive self-image and showing how each child is unique, with a crucial role to play in life.


We are passionate about raising a young person’s self-esteem and empowering them with effective knowledge in order that they make wise and healthy relationship choices. We want to eliminate potentially destructive behaviours by delivering unique self-esteem and relationship education, allowing teens to identify their view point and boundaries within a positive environment.


We offer Play Therapy to primary aged children as a means of helping them better express and communicate their feelings. This type of creative interaction allows a child to work through current challenges or past traumas. We continue to see transformational results, with parents and teachers reporting increased peer engagement and improvements in behaviour.


Our work with local homeless young people, including young parents, is incredibly important to us. Many of those we work with have experienced heart breaking challenges. We believe that everyone should have every opportunity to reach their potential and we develop sessions designed to meet their support needs through raising their self-esteem, whilst also having great fun.


Our collaborative project with Tunbridge Wells Youth For Christ; by combining our resources and skills in this area we are more able to meet the needs of a larger proportion of young people. Connect recruits, trains and manages volunteer secondary school mentors. The overall aim is to listen, support, encourage and empower the many young people we work with.

Life & Soul Team

Karen Hickson-Smith

Manager, Mentor

Emily Cheesman

Secondary School
and Family Worker

Ali Tranter


Mary Wilson 

Connect Volunteer

Jenny Lewry

Primary School Worker

Nick Cheesman

Primary School Worker
and Graphic Designer

Liz Johnson

Mentor and Administrator



‘Have a Heart for Life & Soul’ fundraising campaign.
We have branded coffee cups for collecting loose
change as well as 
‘Have a Heart’ stickers and posters
to encourage giving and inform givers. 
Please contact
for your fundraising pack.

Get in touch

Life & Soul Centre, Christ Church, High Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1UT

Charity no. 1153304


Life & Soul acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice. We will look after any personal information shared with us by clients, supporters or staff. This is central to our values as an organisation. We want everyone who supports us, or who comes to us for support, to feel confident about how any personal information they share will be looked after or used.

This policy outlines Life & Soul’s data practices:

• When working with children & young people (clients) who access our services

• When we collect, hold and use Life & Soul supporters’ and staff personal information.

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