Events & weekends

From interactive activity days and social evenings to residential weekends away, we've got the event to suit your needs

Believe & Achieve B&A LB - Events and Weekends

Our Believe & Achieve events and weekends are free, safe, inclusive and accessible for everyone.

Find out about the different types of events on offer, and register your interest at the bottom of the page.

B&A Days

B&A Days are one-day, themed events around the UK. We choose activities and topics based on what you want to know more about and what skills you want to develop.

What you learn at these days might help with school, college, university, work or life generally. People who attend our events talk about meeting others, having fun and learning something new, and we've never had anyone say they wouldn't come to another event!

Previous topics and themes have included:

We also run B&A Socials, which are smaller events that give you the chance to meet others, de-stress and take part in fun activities.

Our Days and Socials are free to attend and include food, and we pay travel expenses.

"So proud of myself and I really had such a fantastic day. It was lovely to meet new people who had experienced what I had experienced and to talk about meningitis. All the stories were so inspiring. It was my first ever Believe & Achieve group meet-up and I couldn't have shared it with better people." Chloe

Residential weekends

Weekends for those aged 11-18

We have free weekends away for 11-18 year olds who have had meningitis or are coping with a family member affected by the disease. These are funded by BBC Children in Need.

11-18 year olds of all abilities attend with a parent or carer and take part in adrenaline-fuelled activities such as abseiling, zip wire, raft building, climbing, team problem solving and quizzes. The fully catered weekends give you the opportunity to challenge yourself, meet and spend time with others who have had similar experiences, and enjoy quality time with a parent or carer without having to worry about issues that can be part of normal, everyday life. Above all, the weekends are about building confidence, having fun and making friends.

Weekends for those aged 18-25

We run a free annual weekend for those aged 18-25 who have been impacted by meningitis either directly or indirectly. These weekends currently take place at Center Parcs and offer the opportunity to meet up, get involved in a variety of activities, learn new skills, meet new people, relax and have fun.

The weekends have excellent accommodation and catering facilities; they are free and all abilities are welcome.

We have seen lives changed and long-term friendships made at these weekends. Some people are scared before they come along, but they go home feeling positive, less helpless and more inspired.

"I get so much pleasure from just watching my daughter take part in activities and achieve something that she didn't think was possible."

"What an amazing weekend! I feel so honoured to have met such an amazing group of people, you're all so brave and have inspired me to keep moving forward during my recovery. I truly have made lifelong friends." - Louise

If the event you are interested in is full, or you cannot see it listed, please contact believe&

Important information regarding coronavirus

Due to the current events unfolding with coronavirus guidance, we have made the decision to postpone our 2020 Believe & Achieve Weekends for 18-25 year-olds.

As some people who attend have underlying health conditions, and to ensure the health and safety of all our staff and valued supporters, we want to reduce any further risks of illness at this time.

If you have already registered, you will hear from our team in due course. Please continue to register if you are interested in joining us at these events when they are rescheduled. Registration will remain open.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt our services to ensure that we adhere to current guidance and seek alternative dates to deliver this much-loved event.

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