The aim of this section is to support the child or young person to look ahead – not just a few moments, or the next few hours or weeks, but the next years, and to imagine, hope and aspire to be all they can be. There are many children that are stuck in the past and have no way of freeing themselves from confusion, hurt, shame or assumed responsibility, so thinking of what comes next is really helpful.
This section encourages you to talk with the child or young person about their future, which may include people, where they want to live, what they will be doing, hobbies etc. For example, ‘In the next six months I would like to… I would like… to happen, I hope to…’.
Approaches and creative ideas to help you facilitate this session.
Activity One: Time Capsule
Ask the child or young person to think of three items that they would like to put into a time capsule that represent their last six months – something they would like their future self to see.
Ask the child or young person to draw a time capsule on a piece of paper and ask them to draw the items they want to keep safe in the capsule. Ask them to label the items and explain why they have chosen the item and what they represent.
Alternatively, you could make a time capsule with the child or young person. Once it is made, ask the child or young person to write the names of three items that they would like to put inside the hand made time capsule, on pieces of paper.
Ask the child or young person to explain why they chose the item and what they represent before placing them inside.
This resource was developed by Blue Cabin, Professor Richard Rose and South Tyneside Council.