28 Jul

Happy Birthday to us! Even if it is a little late…

So the end of term has been so busy for us delivering all sorts of sessions for schools; from yoga and fitness as part of well being weeks, to counselling and support groups for school leavers, we practically missed our own birthday! In June we saw the one year anniversary of our official launch event, so we thought we’d share with our supporters and ambassadors an overview of what has happened since and what are plans are for the next year!

You can download the report here: 

Year 1 Trustee’s Report – April 2017

A quick summary from our trustees on the first year of our Bedazzle journey.

To celebrate we are also giving away a Bedazzle goody bag – visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to find out how to enter…

We will be working over summer to update our website to bring you more resources and more information but you can still contact us through the helpline or on our social media accounts should you need too. Here’s to a happy summer!

18 Apr

Spring Forward

It’s been a busy few months and thought we should give you a quick update you on what has been happening.

Since January we have been working with primary and secondary schools across the West Midlands to offer free counselling and group sessions to young people. The model we have been using and found to be particularly effective is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Briefly and most simply, the fundamental principles of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy are to:
1) Ease current emotional suffering
2) Teach coping skills and how to avoid new crisis
3) Create positive experiences and effective relationships
DBT puts an equal emphasis on self acceptance and validation of current emotional state, whilst recognising the need for change and helping to facilitate this. We are keen to be able to offer this service to more schools and young people – get in touch to find out more. Our chair, Ben, has recently embarked upon a DBT course and shares a personal account in this blog below: 
Baring all, good day/bad day.

An honest blog entry from our one of our trustees that gives a brief insight into the principles of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

The start of this year saw the completion of our single and video project we spent most of last year working on to get young people talking about Mental Health and the time for change, as part of our work with the Enough is Enough campaign. The single can be downloaded from here: iTunes store and the video is available on our youtube channel – search Bedazzle UK.
In February we were successful in being awarded £15,000 from West Midlands Police Active Citizens Fund, to create a HEAL Hub for young people in Birmingham City Centre. The Hub would offer a safe and creative space for the arts and education and somewhere to go for information, advice and guidance on Health and  Lifeskills. Unfortunately the premises we were set to move into fell through whilst the funding was in application but we are still looking for a base and hope to bring you more news on this soon.
 
We are very lucky to get continued support from organisations with similar interests in the Community and our lovely friends at HYPA Dance Company in Halesowen are holding an event to raise some much needed funds for us. At just £5 a ticket we would love to see as many of you there as possible. They are doing a series of studio sharing to raise funds for several charities and we are one of the lucky chosen few. Message us for tickets, HYPA always deliver a great performance and you will be helping a great cause at the same time!
If you have time you can spare to volunteer with Bedazzle, either offering hands on work or working to help us continue to secure funding we would love to hear from you. At this time of year, as the cherry blossom falls, we are reminded of our beloved Kevin and the fragility of life and want to be able to do our bit in helping young people live a life worth living.
31 Dec

Happy New Year…

However you are seeing in the New Year this evening, take time to reflect and look ahead to 2017. We are certainly excited to share our plans with you in January and thank all the amazing people we have met this year.

Here’s a New Year message from Elso.

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2016 has, no doubt, been filled to the brim with surprises. Brexit, Trump, Leicester City winning the Premier League, among other feats of the imagination. Positive or negative, events have occurred that a lot of people, if not only myself, thought were never going to happen and to me that’s magic. I’m not much of a politician so I won’t talk much about the macroscopic impacts on society as a whole, but more the impact I want these events to have on us all, as individuals, and that’s to help us believe in our ability to surprise ourselves.

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I care little about the events of the past because they don’t define us, in my opinion. To me, what defines us is how we respond to what we’re given. You’re now at a point where you can define your 2017. So whether 2016 was the best year of your life, the worst year of your life, or anything in between, respond to it by making 2017 better.

The message I want to take from this year is that a large, large factor contributing to performance in any respect, is self-belief. Trump couldn’t have won over voters if he didn’t believe he could win the election and Leicester City wouldn’t have won the Premier League if they didn’t have the self-belief and conviction within themselves that they could win each game as it came. When I say “self-belief” I don’t necessarily mean when you enter a race you have to think “I will win no matter who I run against”, more “I can win”. The first step to winning a race is recognising the fact that it’s within your capabilities; with a few smart choices and the momentum to make more, you have the authority to influence things for your favour.

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So how do you get this self-belief? What drives us up the wall, more often than not, is trying to control things that are simply out of our reach i.e. trying to get everyone to vote the same way as you do. Therefore, let’s focus on what we can control, that being:

  • Shape our reaction to things – always assume the best in people. What we may see as a spiteful act from one person could be from better intentions we don’t know about yet. Try your best to understand people and their circumstances.
  • Love yourself, love your body, eat healthily! Fruit are amazingly underrated yet the influence they can have on our performance is substantial. Avoid small chicken shops as much as you can and, where possible, eat your food from natural sources i.e. nothing in a packet with all its additives.
  • Rest when it’s time to rest and be productive when you have the energy! We’ve all fallen asleep in one or two (or twenty) lectures in our day and then gotten home and had so much energy to do anything else. The idea is to sleep and wake up early (even on weekends!), get your 8 hours of sleep, do some stretches in the morning and get your body used to this kind of routine and your body will reward you with energy when you need it most.
  • Focus on the next step. If you’re climbing a mountain and your eyes are fixed on the peak, then you’re bound to trip up. Take each day as it comes and focus on where you are and what you’re doing.
  • Finally, be yourself.

13.799 (give or take 0.021) billion years ago things started with a bang. Everything was the same but very quickly running away from one another. As matter got further and further apart they started to gain differences in properties and appearance as they formed particles and eventually atoms of hydrogen; which then fused together in stars to form helium and heavier elements until the ultimate and beautiful demise of the star fused the heavier elements to form every single element known to man! For billions of years stars formed and destroyed themselves, with debris along the way forming our planet Earth with the same atoms that were present 13.799 billion years ago, interacting and working together to give life and now here you are: a perfectly arranged selection of gazillions of gazillions of tiny, tiny runners from the big bang.

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I don’t need to go through more of the numbers to tell you that there is nothing in this universe the same as you. Be yourself because you can be yourself better than anyone else can and be yourself because you can be yourself better than you can be anyone else. To find a magic solution to all our problems we must first believe in magic. So surprise yourself in 2017 and make magic happen for you.

Elso x

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15 Dec

Don’t Suffer in Silence – Charity Gala

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of the beneficiaries for the first ever Don’t Suffer In Silence Black Tie Charity Gala.

img_2489 Marcus Tisson, of Shabba TV, tragically lost both his Parents within a very short time, his Mother having battled with her own Mental Health. Marcus, with his friends, decided to found Don’t Suffer In Silence as a support platform to allow people to talk about their experiences of Mental Health in an open and honest way, to encourage more people to be honest and access support.

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06 Nov

Update, November 2016

It’s been a busy few months since our registration and our launch event so we thought we had better take a minute to update you all on whats been happening. Make sure you like our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter as the quickest and easiest way to keep up to date with what we are doing!

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