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The family …reported how really helpful your support has been Mauva they feel things have improved between them and generally because of your invaluable input.

Dr Mala German, Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Service for Families and Adolescents in Enfield

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and contribution to the work of the Enfield Family Turnaround Project, which has seen a large number of children and young people benefit from the play therapy, encouragement and development they have achieved from the programme.

Tom Diaper, Enfield Family Turnaround Project, The National Charity all about children and families, 4Children Charity

I worked alongside Mauva and directly with Mauva during her time at Triangle House, the Enfield LAC department. This continued for a couple of years so I was able to get to know her well. In particular, I observed her supporting a number of troubled adolescents and Mauva also played a vital role in a large project I was trying to develop (for mental health checks for looked after children) and which in large part thanks to her is still ongoing.

In all of this work, Mauva was very organised, wonderfully enthusiastic and always intelligent. She had excellent IT skills and knew how to set up and run a project. However, it was her “people skills” that really stood out. She engaged young people brilliantly and gave them an extraordinary commitment. And she had a great way with colleagues too – including the ability to bring out the best in others and resolve conflict when necessary. She was much missed by everyone after she left.

After Triangle House, Mauva went on to manage park Road Children’s Home. Some of our young people were under her care and so once again I worked with Mauva and can testify to the energy and commitment she put in and the skill she brought to bear. I’m thinking of one particularly challenging young person whom she held for a whole year while also supporting the young person’s mother. Her creativity in this and her strong aptitude for family work were very obvious.

Dr Mark Nathan, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Enfield Council

Mauva worked with us for over three years on a project to engage disadvantaged young people in education, training or employment.  Her commitment, enthusiasm and energy were second to none and she has an exceptional talent for relating to people of all ages and from all walks of life – whether young clients or fellow professionals.

Jon Harris, Head of Enfield's Virtual School for Looked After Children, Manager of the HEART-Team and Assistant Principal Educational Psychologist

“Dear Mauva,

I would like to write a brief comment on the support that you gave to HH. The young person made a tremendous emotional and behavioural shift. This I would down to the direct work that you were able to offer HH. The evidence of this was in the way that he started to respond, he was able to manage his anger, reduce his level of taking drugs, focus on his education, and started to make clear aspirations of ideas and aims for his future.”

Anne-Maria Brown, Team Manager (Looked After Children)

Mauva Johnson-Jones is an experienced child, young people and family practitioner. She is strong in advising, supporting, counselling and strengthening individuals and families in an inclusive and non-judgemental fashion, giving the opportunity for improved relationships and better outcomes for the future.

Jose Walker, Connexions

Mauva Johnson-Jones is very committed to the young people with whom she works. As a colleague, I found that she has an excellent rapport with them and is energetically pro-active in helping them improve their lives.

Marge Bridges, Enfield HEART-Team

I was advised that a tutor may be the right kind of help for my son over year ago. I asked if a male would be possible for my then 13-year-old son.

I was told that they had found a mentor that worked with Precious Moments, that she would be the right fit for my son, AT and we were introduced via Microsoft teams.

My son was really struggling with interactions at the time and meeting another new professional was a bit overwhelming. The tutor, NH first came to our house to meet face to face. My son at the time had been missing large chunks of schooling prior to Covid and withdrew from friends.  Interactions were only with immediate family.

During our first meeting he came into the room with his hood up rarely giving eye contact with conversations yes, no and mumbled.

On subsequent meeting NH would come to the house and I would go to another room. I would then start to notice small changes in his mood and attitude over time he would take his hood down when she came, and they would go outside for short walks which then progressed to visits.

My son would smile more and became more confident within himself he would have an actual conversation with her  and even do this over the phone. He would ask about the other person day and be more helpful around the home. Other family members started to notice the changes and difference in his attitude.

NH became his confidant and his friend she encouraged him to reach out to old friends and try things that he had thought he could not do again. NH was patient with my son and gained his confidence by finding out about his likes and interests and allowing him to open up. She didn’t rush him and allowed him to express himself freely. She used a range of strategies such as listened more than spoke, affirmed him with positive words of encouragement and praised his progress. NH was able to get down to AT level using simple words he understood, gave him the space to go at his own pace. She also communicated important breakthroughs with me without breaking his confidence.  

AT grandparents also noticed the changes in him he will participate in family situations, he will have his hoody down and have eye contact with you. AT will now have a conversation with you especially if the subject is something he has an interest in. He is still initially overwhelmed in unfamiliar setting but he will now calm down and adjust to the situation, before he would just retreat and hide away. AT is about to start a new school and I feel it is the best thing that has happened to him in a long while as the new school is a much smaller environment.

The change in my son has been phenomenal he is much more like the son of old. NH has not only been there for him she has listened and supported me with my ongoing, constant battle with the school, local authority and other services. Without her we would not be where we are today. With a diagnosis, new school, fresh start and new chapter that awaits.

Anon, Parent of a teen male we supported