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Believe & Achieve Conference 2024

Meningitis Now Believe & Achieve B&A - group shot

Join us at our online conference, 'Meningitis and its Impact – A Life-Changing Programme of Support for Teenagers and Young Adults'.

Come along to find out how, since 2018, with funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, we have developed an entirely bespoke programme of support for young people. The impact of the Believe & Achieve (B&A) programme is life-changing, enabling young people to build a future after meningitis.

  • Hosted: Online (Zoom)
  • Date and Time: Thursday 7 March, 9:15-12:30

The conference will be an opportunity to share the successes, challenges and results of our B&A programme with supporters, partner organisations and leaders in the youth sector.

The conference will enable attendees to:

  • Understand the principles and practicalities of setting up and running a bespoke programme of support for young people – from initial concept, securing funding, to outcome-led delivery.
  • Help recognise and address the specific needs and challenges faced by young people impacted by a life-changing health-related experience.
  • Discover how developing a tailored programme of support can create the environment and conditions to enable young people to succeed in their personal lives and develop their confidence.
  • Understand the importance of engaging with funders and keeping them informed throughout delivery.
  • Learn how the team managed the difficulties of measuring and demonstrating the impact of a programme in which every person’s entrance, exit, experience, and journey is different, through embedding proven impact measurement tools.
  • Learn how impactful and life-changing the programme has been through hearing individual case studies.
  • Gain more information about Meningitis Now – the UK's leading meningitis charity.

There will be breakout sessions on topics such as how to engage funders and what activities work for our young people. Attendees will also have the opportunity to talk to some B&A participants.

As well as looking at the past five years of impact, the conference will consider the future of Believe & Achieve, with its recently increased age range and an additional five years of funding.

Those who sign up will receive a postal pack before the event – something we do for every young person before our online events – to ensure we give you the true Believe & Achieve experience.

Speakers include:

Becky Hartwell

Becky has worked in pastoral support and youth work since graduating in Business Administration and Psychology in 2004. Before being employed as Believe & Achieve Coordinator, she supported young people in a variety of areas, leading youth and children’s work in a busy community, pastoral care in a sixth form, and working with young adult carers. Becky joined Meningitis Now in 2017 once they were granted National Lottery funding and has since developed and implemented Believe & Achieve, making it the life-changing programme it is now. In February 2023 she took up the role of Support Services Manager at Meningitis Now.

Dr Natalia Buckler

Natalia has in-depth expertise and understanding of the education sector and learning in a variety of contexts and settings, from early years to further and higher education. She joined Chrysalis Research in March 2016 from the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) and has a particular interest in arts education research and evaluation.

Bev Corbett

Bev is the Director of Information and Support at Meningitis Now. With over 35 years’ experience working in health and healthcare Bev brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience to her role as Director of Information and Support. This experience includes working as a nurse in acute adult care, as well as many years developing and delivering services in primary mental health. Bev is passionate about improving the health and well-being of everyone who has been impacted by meningitis.

Sarah Ramsay

Sarah is an experienced fundraising leader with a passion for excellent impact measurement. Working to secure the initial funding from the National Lottery Community Fund for Believe & Achieve and seeing the programme flourish has been a career highlight for Sarah. The National Lottery funding was instrumental to setting Meningitis Now on its journey to radically change its approach to impact measurement, something that Sarah has championed and driven forward with her colleagues. Sarah draws from 15 years’ experience of working in the charity sector, previously working at WellChild and Winston’s Wish.

For more information on the event, please get in touch with our Support Services Manager beckyh@meningitisnow.org

Read below our Believe & Achieve 5 year impact booklet to learn more about the services we offer.

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We are extremely grateful to all our supporters who have helped to make this impactful programme possible so far, including the National Lottery Community Fund, St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation, Quilter Foundation, BBC Children in Need, GSK, The Gannochy Trust,

Pantheon Charitable Trust, Pixel Fund, the Leeds Convalescent Society, as well as other anonymous supporters. Thank you for helping to rebuild futures.

Terms and conditions

Conference 2024: Meningitis and its Impact – A Life-Changing Programme of Support for Teenagers and Young Adults


Thursday 7th March

  1. Registration for this event closes on Friday 1st March 2024.
  2. Registrations will only be accepted on submission of the form. We are not able to take registrations over the phone.
  3. Completion of the application form guarantees your place at the conference.
  4. Meningitis Now will give attendees maximum practical notice of any cancellations or of changes to the event.
  5. Meningitis Now is not government funded. This conference has been generously funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
  6. This event is only for adults (those aged eighteen and above).