"Every individual is unique and should be valued
and encouraged to live to their full potential"
We are a christian charity, working throughout the North East of England. We believe that every individual is unique, valued and encouraged to live to their full potential. We aim to support their personal development, through our ongoing work in schools, our partnerships with other organisations and directly with individuals and families who are referred to us.
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We have written a number of personal development programmes which are tailored for specific needs that children, young people, adults and families may require support with. All of our delivery is tailored to inspire, encourage identity, and improve confidence & self worth. We aim to see people discover their purpose and aspire to live a more healthy, fulfilled life.
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Our positive body confidence campaign Beautiful is ___. challenges perception of beauty and responds to a growing culture of body dissatisfaction. The campaign includes a pioneering body image Roadshow, a small fashion enterprise, one2one befriending and mentoring as well as a social media drive where we run a monthly ‘No Make up Monday’. The campaign is gathering more momentum and in the next 12 months we have some new and exciting developments.
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“I have gained more confidence and self esteem. I’ve learnt how to push myself out of my comfort zone.”
“Everyone is different, you’re beautiful the way you are. Don’t let people put you down”
“The young people have looked forward to each session and enthusiastically talked about the work they were doing”
Take some time to look at just a few stories that have come from our work.
paula & lyndsey
NO MAKE UP MONDAY
Rachel, a bubbly 19 year old, mummy to a
gorgeous baby girl, attended our 10 week
Raising Confident Children course.
When we first met Rachel, she wouldn’t keep eye contact
with us, or many of the young women within the
sessions. She often physically hid behind her arms when
directly asked questions, and also used humour as a mask
too. Encouragement in group participation was often, if
not always met with a ‘no’, and compliments were never
As the sessions progressed through raising aspirations for themselves, their children and goal setting, we could noticeably see a difference in Rachel’s behaviour and confidence. She was actively taking part in group discussions and activities, volunteering herself to help facilitate the group, often sharing personal experiences in motherhood as examples in discussion time. She encouraged others within the session by including them and we saw her friendships grow and thrive.
It was a pleasure to see her develop her relationship with her daughter, as she took some of the skills and new knowledge home and implemented them in to their routine and lives.
One big change was the use of positive language and reinforcement, to place value on her daughter and also being able to accept compliments and give others kind words of encouragement too.
Rachel’s body language and facial expressions changed as we believe she realised her potential and value as a mother and an individual. She maintained her cheeky and chirpy personality and allowed others to love and admire her, whilst confidently allowing her intelligence to shine through.
Both strong and independent mums.
Paula and Lyndsey both came to the Raising Confident Children sessions
not knowing anyone else within in the group or each other. They both
were fairly strong characters, often being quite vocal about not caring
what others thought about them, or their parenting techniques. To us, this
screamed of insecurities and a lack of confidence. Throughout the
beginning stages of the course through group icebreakers, discussion
times, activities and break time, we saw a friendship forming between
these two young mums.
It wasn’t until we started to explore raising their own aspirations and
goals, in order to make sure their children grow up with confidence, that
both of these young ladies expressed the desire to improve their health. It was also highlighted that one of them had not been able to go swimming with their child, because of a fear of being seen in a swimming suit, since her body had changed after giving birth. This honesty brought freedom for others within the group to share similar concerns about negative body image.
This friendship became so precious, because within a space of a few weeks, with encouragement through our sessions, these two ladies went swimming with each other and their daughters. Together, they were able to overcome the mutual fear. One key reason was that they acknowledged they didn’t want fear or a negative body image to get in the way of them experiencing fun with their children. They also wanted to set a good example and inspire other mums too, while setting an example of a positive body image for their daughters too.
We saw a knock on effect, with other women within the group going to Zumba classes together too.
This is what they said: “FDC helped everyone at the course with our self belief, our body confidence, the way we felt about our appearance and most importantly the understanding that we are all beautiful no matter what shape & size we are.”
We thought you might like to see some of the
quotes taken from the women that have taken part
in this social media campaign so far.
Ellen - “Thank you, it has inspired me a lot to just love yourself for
who you are.”
Patti (USA) - “I love the campaign and getting my daughter
Lucy - “Today I am so thankful to be in a place where I can support @beautifulis___ campaign.”
Helen - “Ok @beautifulis___ this has been put off for far too long. But after seeing other posts this morning I got brave too. So I’m not a fan of a selfie unless others are in it as I’ve never had a good idea of myself! I may be loud, emotional, the heart and soul but that often covers so much! So being honest I so easily compare myself, I forget all the things I tell my kids but today I got brave. @beautfiulis___ the work you do is amazing.”
Emma - “I love what this charity is about and love the impact it’s had on me and my fiends.”
Jessy - “To me, beauty is individuality. Today, some pretty amazing people came into school to show their campaign and basically push forward the point that beauty is on the inside... and out. They want people to be aware of the fact that everyone is beautiful! Despite the pressure to look “flawless” from the media.”
Kirsty - “I support @beautifulis___’s campaign as it empowers women to allow themselves to be truly seen & it encourages us to value others for more than their appearance & challenges accepted perceptions of beauty that the media portray. Beauty is variety!!”
Shannon - “No Makeup Monday is my favourite kind of day. I love this campaign so much.”
Andrea - “Check out The Friendly Development Charity and support their campaign - they’re changing perceptions of beauty and teaching people what their real value is.”
Savvy brings young people and their
parents/carers together, giving them the
opportunity to share a meal and engage in
discussions and activities around challenging
issues in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Here are
some quotes about the programme:
I have noticed some changes in my son. He does his
homework first. We have really enjoyed the sessions in
school and look forward to the next one in 2014.’ (Parent)
I have noticed a big change in my son’s behaviour due to the course. By the end he had opened up more and we spoke better to each other at home too. I would love to continue with more sessions to help us both. I have enjoyed this very much.’
I liked this course because I got to learn things and saw new people. (Young person)
This helped me very well to gain more confidence.’ (Young person)
I have found these sessions very useful and would be willing to do more... It has made me realise the stress my granddaughter is under at this time in her life.
I feel the course has helped me and _____ talk more, do more things together – really helpful.’(Parent)
More SAVVY, but longer’ (Young person)
We both really enjoyed this course and looked forward to coming each week. The staff are very friendly and approachable. A lot of sensitive issues were raised in an informal and relaxed way and good advice and ideas were put forward.’ (Carer)
It was a massive success and never have I been involved in a project where parents have returned to every session. Credit to you all!” (Education Welfare)
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