We were thrilled to receive a postcard from 12-year-old Isabella recently saying thank you for the art therapy classes we funded for her through the scheme.
Isabella, seen here with one of her pictures, told us: “Thank you for funding my art therapy sessions – they really help. You guys have been amazing.”
Isabella, from Dursley in Gloucestershire, was awarded £400 for 10 art therapy sessions with local artist and art psychotherapist Linda Revington to help explore her feelings.
Explore your thoughts
Art therapy is described as: “Therapy is about you. It gives you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings and to focus on issues that concern you. Therapy can help you see things differently, to feel more confident and know how you react when something upsetting happens, when something good happens."
“Therapy is about making sense of life by understanding what is happening for you; how your moods and the moods of others affect how you see yourself.”
As a baby meningitis left Isabella with lifelong after-effects, including an acquired brain injury and hearing difficulties.
Mum Gemma told us: “Thankfully she’s here today, nearing her 13th birthday. She survived a terrible ordeal with profound deafness in her left ear and an acquired brain injury that to this day is having lasting effects."
“When you leave the hospital you think the whole ordeal is over but this isn’t always the case. Thanks to the amazing family of Meningitis Now my big girl isn’t alone and feels more accepted, thanks to meeting several other children in the same situation. Meningitis Now has supported us through counselling, complementary therapy, home visits, Family Days, Believe and Achieve weekends and creative therapies.
Art therapy gives her butterflies
“Bella says art therapy gives her butterflies. It has helped us come to terms with her condition and myself to deal with what has happened.”
You can read more on Isabella’s story.
Our Rebuilding Futures Fund is not just for art therapy of course. It provides financial, practical and emotional support to people of all ages affected by meningitis and is all about helping you begin to build a better future for yourself.
The programme is made up of four separate areas – Health & Wellbeing, Opportunities (such as education and training), Bereavement and Specialist Equipment. Cheryl Brown, our Support Services Manager, said, “Each area provides funding towards different types of support, but they are all designed to help people to begin to rebuild their futures with hope and confidence.
Support for anyone
“Meningitis doesn’t discriminate based on where you live, what you do or how old you are – and neither do we. Support via the Rebuilding Futures Fund is available to anyone living in the UK who has been directly or indirectly affected by meningitis."
“We’re proud to provide this unique, life-changing support – the only meningitis organisation to do so in the UK.”
If you are interested in applying for financial support via the Rebuilding Futures Fund please call our Helpline on 0808 80 10 388 for more information.