Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Believe & Achieve kicks off

Andy Hopkinson 1st June 2018

Our new programme to help young people who have been affected by meningitis reach their goals in life has kicked off with a workshop in Cheltenham

B&A workshop

The ‘Get Ready’ session dealing with stress and coping with change is part of our new Believe & Achieve Programme.

The session, for 14 to 25-year-olds, at The Pavilion in Hatherley on Thursday 31 May, aimed to help young people explore what change is and how to cope with it and come up with action plans for their future.

It was led by our professional staff with the support of volunteer Young Ambassador Fiona Yelland, who recounted her experiences fighting back from the disease.

Unlike anything we’ve done before

Becky Hartwell, our Believe & Achieve Programme Coordinator, said, “Believe & Achieve is unlike anything we’ve done at Meningitis Now before."

“It’s a programme for 14 to 25-year-olds who have been impacted by meningitis, directly or indirectly, and aims to support you to reach your goals."

“By finding out about you and what your needs are, we can put in place the right support to help you move on, with ourselves or through other organisations.”

We’re keen to encourage any young person affected by meningitis to take advantage of the programme, which covers the whole of the UK.

Reach your goals

“It’s an opportunity for you to reach your goals in life, education or work,” Becky added. 

“Whether you want business skills, mentoring, coaching, workshops, counselling, residential weekends or to meet new people, we can provide the skills and support to get you where you want to go.”

Thanks to generous funding from the Big Lottery Fund, BBC Children in Need, St James’s Place Charitable Foundation, GSK and The Gannochy Trust, the programme is free.

To find out more contact Believe& or visit our Believe & Achieve web pages.