Becca, Jess and others talk about their experiences of Believe & Achieve, including our celebration event in July, and explain why it’s been good for them and would be good for you too.
“Me and my sister lost our mum suddenly to meningitis in 2018. This left us feeling lost, broken and not looking forward to our futures. We came across Meningitis Now a few months later. It has provided us with a lot of help and support. Believe & Achieve has given us the chance to spend time as just sisters and it has pushed us out of our comfort zones. It has improved our confidence and given us a different outlook to life.
“We have met some amazing people along our journey and I’m sad that it’s coming to an end for me (I’m over 25 now) but I’m very grateful to have been given such amazing opportunities.”
Jess L says,
“The Believe & Achieve ultimate Graduation Day was a great day. I thought it was amazing to bring everyone together, for those who have met before at events and also those who hadn’t met yet. Each activity was completely different, so it gave everyone a chance to get involved. I really loved the circus activities as it gave us a chance to get out of our comfort zones. It was so nice to see everyone come together to celebrate the time we have had with Believe & Achieve. I highly recommend joining Believe & Achieve to anyone who is considering it. It has helped massively with my confidence! Thank you for a great day!”
Jess G says
“I just wanted to say thank you so much to all the Meningitis Now staff. Today was so inspiring and I loved talking to Erin. I never have the confidence to talk to any stranger let alone about my meningitis. I feel like a different person when I’m in the safe space that is Believe & Achieve.
“I also wanted to say thank you for the certificates, and also, Graduation Day is 100% going to be my last scene in my novel"
We have received so much positive feedback from young people attending Believe & Achieve events, some other comments include;
“Thank you for putting together such a lovely day. I’m not great talking on the spot but watching the video made me reflect a lot on my journey and having some of the other staff there made it so special. Really feel as though you guys have stood alongside us on this journey. I will hold this experience for the rest of my life. (I know it’s not over yet!) But just want to let you know how grateful I am for all the support and work you have done. Even the small details. On the way home I read my certificate and was quite overwhelmed at how much I have done with B&A and achieved. I will always hold this close to me.”
“I can’t even begin to describe how amazing today has been. Meeting so many new people as well as people who I have only ever seen online. People who all have something in common, they have either had meningitis themselves or know someone who has. Sharing stories, having fun and making friends. Massive thank you to all those at Meningitis Now for organising it all.”
“Just want to say another massive thank you for an absolutely fantastic day yesterday, the whole day was a dream come true, meeting everyone in person. That was by far the best day I’ve had in a long long time, just wish I had longer to get to talk to everyone as didn’t get chance to say hello to everyone. Thank you again.”
What is Believe & Achieve?
Our Believe & Achieve programme is for 11 to 25-year-olds who have been impacted by meningitis, directly or indirectly, and aims to support you to reach your goals. Why not join us for one of our upcoming online events – Friendships on 16 January and Worry and Low Mood on 24 January?
Alongside these two events we have a full programme planned for next year. Here are some that you will be able to sign up for soon:
- B&A Online: Friendships – Monday 16 January, 11 to 13-year-olds, 6.00pm - 7.00pm and 14 to 18-year-olds, 7.30pm - 8.45pm
- B&A Online: Low Mood – Tuesday 24 January, 17 to 25-year-olds, 7.00pm - 8.30pm
- B&A Day: Cooking (17 to 25-year-olds) March/April, Gloucestershire
- B&A Day: Active (11 to 18-year-olds) Sunday 9 July, Derbyshire
- B&A Online events for 11 to 13, 14 to 17 and 18 to 25-year-olds, end of November, evenings
If there are any events you want to be sent a specific email about when it’s possible to sign up or if there is a topic or activity you want us to cover at an event then get in touch at Believe&Achieve@meningitisnow.org.