Believe and Achieve Weekends

Meningitis Now's free action- and fun-packed weekends are for young people aged 11-18 who have been affected by meningitis, generously funded by BBC Children in Need in various UK locations


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What is a Believe and Achieve Weekend about?

  • Having fun
  • Making friends
  • Building confidence
  • Sharing meningitis experiences
  • Spending quality time together
  • Trying new things
  • Believing in yourself and achieving
“I felt proud of myself for everything I achieved.”

“A good way to share and learn about other people's journeys.”
"I achieved the zip wire because I faced my fear of heights.”

- Best memories from young people attending a Believe and Achieve Weekend in 2018.

Who can attend?

Meningitis Now's Believe and Achieve Weekends are for young people aged 11-18 who have had meningitis or are coping with a family member affected by meningitis. All ability and experience levels are welcome.

Each young person should be accompanied by one parent or carer. Parents and carers can spend the weekend meeting other parents, and have the option to join in with all the activities.

“Thank you so much for a fantastic weekend, thank you everyone for making us feel so welcome. We had a really great time.”
"Massive thank you to all that organised and ran the weekend. We had a great weekend as usual and have met some more lovely people to add to our meningitis family."
"There are people that 'get it' and care."

- Feedback from parents attending a Believe and Achieve Weekend in 2018.

What can you expect?

  • Small groups of young people taking part in a structured programme of fun and challenging team activities led by trained staff
  • Activity centres providing a huge range of activities, for example, abseiling, accessible cycling, archery, bushcraft, carriage driving, challenge courses, climbing, giant swing, low ropes, orienteering and zipwire
  • Activities take place all day Saturday and Sunday morning
  • Parent session (optional) led by Meningitis Now staff
  • All meals eaten together in the dining hall

What's included?

  • All meals, including evening meal on arrival Friday evening and lunch before departure on Sunday
  • En-suite accommodation
  • All bedding
  • A structured programme of fun, challenging team activities led by fully trained instructors
  • Evening entertainment
  • Access to Meningitis Now staff

What's not included?

  • Travel cost of getting to and from the activity centre
  • Personal expenditure spent in activity centre on-site shop and bar
  • Any other personal costs

What we ask of you

Our Believe and Achieve Weekends are generously funded by BBC Children in Need; without this funding we would not be able to hold these events for families. Therefore, all we ask is when registering for an event, please ensure you are committed to attend so that all available funded places are filled. If, for unforeseen circumstances you cannot make an event, please let us know as soon as possible to give us the opportunity to offer places to other families.

How to apply

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The history behind our Believe and Achieve Weekends

Believe and Achieve Weekends were inspired by our Founder Young Ambassador, Alex Williams. Alex’s moto in life was ‘Believe & Achieve’.

Alex sadly passed away in 2012 after devoting his life to helping others. Alex’s achievements have been widely recognised and he won two national awards; the News of the World’s Children Champion and a BBC Radio One Teen Award. Alex remains an inspiration to us all. 

Read Alex's story.