Impressionable Minds

Main aims and activities

At Impressionable Minds we informally educate young people and adults in the cause and effects of criminal and anti-social behaviour. We provide interactive workshops to young people aged 11-18. We provide students with the skills to identify and explore the dangers of criminal and anti-social behaviour. With these skills they will be able to develop a greater understanding of others and social inclusion. We aim to prevent young people from becoming involved in crime, by identifying and targeting those most at risk of offending with appropriate intervention programmes. These programmes are developed in order for students to examine and challenge their own ideas about crime.

Services and prices

We provide workshops and assemblies to young people in schools with a focus on crime education. SRE is incorporated within our ‘Gender Respect’ and 'Healthy Relationships' workshops. These sessions explore sexually appropriate behaviour. We aim to explore attitudes, abusive behaviours with a view to enabling behavioural change and increase safety. Our workshops consists of the following:

  • Challenging assumptions about gender and power.
  • The role of sex in teenage and adult gangs.
  • Challenging beliefs and attitudes about men and women.
  • Managing feelings and accepting responsibility for one’s own feelings and behaviour.
  • Helping to resolve conflict.
  • Knowing the difference between abusive and non-abusive relationships.
  • The consistent message that abuse is not acceptable.
  • Understanding that abuse is a crime.
  • Sexual Offences (The law).
  • Sexual Offences (Perpetrators and Victims).

Our fees start from just £190. There are no set charges as each programme is tailor made for individual schools. Please enquire for further information and to obtain a quote.

Previous experience of working in schools

Impressionable Minds have been operating in schools nationally since 2008.

Links into the PSHE framework

Stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice
Conflict resolution
Domestic violence
Managing strong emotions
Media influences
Abusive relationships
Mental health & coping strategies
Drug types
Rights & responsibilities
Personal safety
Dealing with physical & emotional change
Anticipating sexual relationships
Empathy & understanding
Drug effects
Dealing with pressure and persuasion
Personal safety
Moral contexts
Mental well being
Peer pressure
Peer support
Communication and negotiation skills
Managing strong feelings
Social and political issues of drug and alcohol use

Quality assurance rating

Values minimum standard met

Training & development minimum standard met

Planning & evaluation standard fully met

Safeguarding minimum standard met

Delivery competence standard fully met

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Impressionable Minds

Contact details

Contact name:
Russell Symons – Founder



07967 197738

Opening times:
9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday

Locations covered

All of Cambridgeshire

Ages worked with

11-16 yrs (Key stages 3 & 4); 16-18 yrs (Further education)

Quotes from teachers

Impressionable Minds related very well with the pupils, responding to the diverse academic, social and language abilities within the group. A well organised presentation with appropriate mix of humour and seriousness. Pupils enjoyed this presentation. Thank you. (Miss Doyle – Mill Hill County High School, Barnet)

Impressionable Minds made the topic relevant and interesting to the students, capturing their attention totally. It’s so important for young people to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with someone with Russell’s knowledge and experience. (Mrs Conroy – Kenmore Park School, Harrow)

A hit with the students, comfortable with approach yet informative style. I would like to Impressionable Minds for their contributions to the students and look forward to welcoming them back. (Mr Dow – Kingsmead School, Enfield)