About Our Lost Love Years (O.L.L.Y)
How it all began...
Chantel Taylor was tragically murdered aged 27. Her son Joseph and his siblings were left distraught and feeling unable to talk about the loss of their mum to their relatives for fear of causing further upset. They tried to carry on as normal but found it increasingly difficult.
Joseph spoke out to his nan Jean Taylor and asked for a place where children who have experienced the loss of a loved one due to acts of murder or violence could come together and talk with the same understanding and feelings.
OLLY now has over 600 children using our service and we hope to reach out to more children in need every day.
Click here to see the number of Our Lost Love Years (OLLY) members.
The age range of the children is from 4yrs old (if toilet trained) to 16 years of age.
The children come from all over Merseyside, Wirral and Southport.
Following the loss of a loved one children are often left devastated, feeling isolated, confused and they might be unable to communicate with their friends and family.
Not being able to talk about their loss can cause children to hold their feelings and emotions locked inside which does not help the child to deal with their grief and loss. This is where Our Lost Love Years (OLLY) can step in and help.
OLLY is a place where children can meet and make new friends as we have children welcomed from communities spread across Merseyside and Wirral as we believe that children are often more willing to talk to other children about how they are feeling. They can share their emotions during our various activities and days out. This helps each child with their grieving process.
Some of our activities include...
Play activities – Allowing children and young people to be themselves and gain confidence.
Dramatisation Workshops – This can be very important to OLLY children, allowing them to gain confidence.
Team Building (Sports) – This helps to reinforce the bonds and friendships made, whilst also being enjoyable.
Memory Jars – Where the children can place in a jar, that they have decorated, their memories or feelings. This helps the children to express their feelings
Arts & Crafts – This can help them to express themselves through drawing and painting.
Music/Dance Sessions – Another way in which the group can express themselves and have fun together.
Story Telling Sessions – Informal sessions that allow for groups to participate in storytelling.
Pick up Service – Our specially designed red minibus is sponsored by Liverpool Football Club via Variety GB in memory of the Hillsborough 96. This is our pride and joy.
Outdoor activities – Visits to local parks, Southport day trips, cinemas, museums and the list is endless. Please see our gallery.
Sports Activities – Once a year we hold an “OLLY Olympics” at Birkenhead Park. This helps our children both emotionally and physically.
Camping Trips – We now hold two camping trips a year at Lyons Bells of St Mary’s, Prestatyn. The first one is a family camping trip. This is where families can bond and spend quality time together. Our camping trips include swimming, horse riding, outdoor games and a full day at the Robin Hood campsite. These are just a few of the activities that we provide.
Our teen camp is where the older children within our OLLY group can have their time together as this can help them to deal with their issues more effectively.
If you have a child that could benefit from any of our services or if we feel that your child has further specific needs we can refer with parental/carer permission after discussions with that child’s parent/carer, to a reputable qualified agency or counsellor as it is paramount to the work that OLLY does that all children deserve the very best of care. Please contact us at 0151 709 2994 or email our lovely founder Jean at email@example.com.
Policies and Procedures
2 Social media policy
3 Confidentiality and data protection guidlines
4 Conflict of interest
6 Children and vulnerable adults safeguarding policy
7 Equal opportunities
8 Safeguarding children board
9 Health and safety policy and noise at work regulations
10 Disciplinary procedure
11 Communicable disease procedure
12 Emergency procedure
13 Drug and alcohol procedure
14 Internet acceptable use policy
15 Open door policy
16 Managing allegations of abuse against staff
17 Maternity policy
18 Admissions policy (child)
19 Safer recruitment policy
20 Risk assessment
21 Outdoor risk assessment
22 Indoor risk assessment
23 Staff supervision
24 Race equality
25 Photography policy
26 Working in partnership with parents and carers
27 Parental leave policy
28 No smoking policy
29 Time keeping and attendance policy
30 Special educational needs policy
31 Environmental policy
32 Equality and diversity
33 First aid policy
34 Health and safety
35 Code of Conduct
36 Safeguarding children
37 Behaviour policy
38 Anti-bullying policy
39 Health and wellbeing policy
40 Sun safety procedure/policy
41 E-Safety policy
42 Health and safety procedure/policy