About the Believe & Achieve Programme

Believe & Achieve is unlike anything we’ve done before at Meningitis Now. But it’s not about us - it’s about you and what you need. You’re an individual and your experience of meningitis will be different to others’

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Our aim for Believe & Achieve is to find out about you; what your needs are, what goals you want to achieve, where you struggle and where you do well. Once we know this we can find the right support for you. And if we can’t offer the support ourselves, we will find out who can.

Some people benefit from chatting to others who have had similar experiences of meningitis, but others need time to chat to someone who has a different perspective. School or university life might not have been easy for you and you may have missed out on things at school or when you were a college or university student that made things harder for you in the long term. We want to help with that. Maybe you’re bursting with creativity but don’t know how to use it. We have ideas for that. You may be doing exactly what you want but would like one on one support to reach a goal or develop a new skill. We can make that happen too.

Believe & Achieve offers many options and can be what you need it to be. 

What makes Believe & Achieve different?

  • It’s age specific – only available for those aged 14-25 years
  • It’s accessible
  • The activities and events are free! No cost to you
  • It’s not a one size fits all; it’s about you and what you need
  • It’s an enhanced version of services we already offer. For example, it includes the Believe & Achieve activity weekends but is bigger than that
  • It’s UK-wide
  • It’s not standalone. We will offer signposting to other services. There are many organisations that we can refer you to, for example Child Brain Injury Trust, Young Carers, National Citizenship Service. Believe & Achieve may not work for everyone but there are services available that can support where we’re not directly able to.

Maybe you’re wondering what we could offer you. Please have a chat with the Believe & Achieve team at Meningitis Now - our contact details are here

“Having meningitis was the biggest thing that has ever happened to me and it continues to dominate my life because of the long-term effects and that goes for my family too. Turning my experience into something positive enables me to have a future because I have something going on which is constructive.” 

- Affected person, female, aged 12 when they had meningitis

"At university I'd say it's still a struggle... because you're having to balance being well with being ill, with living your life, with getting your grades in."

- Rosie, aged 20

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

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