Beat and Dove deliver Self-Esteem for free!
June 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM
By Lee Nairn, Training Administrator
I joined Beat in March 2012 to take on the challenge of helping Dove and Beat reach over 90,000 young people across the UK to feel more positive about themselves and others by participating in free self-esteem workshops.
Sessions can be delivered either directly to pupils aged 11-14 or to school staff who then go on to provide workshops to their students. The programme is suitable for both boys and girls and mixed group sessions are particularly encouraged within mixed-sex schools.
The main areas covered are understanding what self-esteem and body confidence mean, and the many factors that can affect them, and learning skills to improve self-esteem. There is a mixture of teaching and interactive material used.
Attending the workshops is a truly worthwhile experience and has been a great success so far judging by the positive feedback from both young people and teachers alike.
One teacher emailed me to say “Thank you so much for the workshop, it was a real hit with our year 7 girls. I think it is really helpful to have ‘another adult’ come into school delivering an important message that supports the work that we do and this dovetailed beautifully with our current curriculum”.
I love these comments from some of the pupils, as it demonstrates just how significant and affective the sessions are.
“It told me that people in magazines aren’t really that perfect. I also learnt that everyone is pretty, no matter what and if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all. It also helped my confidence.”
Another wrote “I think that the workshop was really good because you got to know how much pictures were airbrushed and that we shouldn’t compare ourselves. It has also improved my self-esteem because I know I shouldn’t compare myself to people in magazines”.
It is very satisfying knowing that we at Beat are helping others to combat what could become a lifelong battle of self-doubt and negative self-worth. I know from my own experiences how detrimental this can be in the pursuit of happiness, health and well-being. So much time, energy and self-love is lost or never used.
Consequently, as you may see, I am passionate about this project and want all of you to pass on the good word. You may be in school yourself right now or know someone who knows someone who has some connection to either schools or even youth centres and pupil referral units. Tell them about these fantastic free workshops.
All they need to do is click here to register and I will be in touch to confirm details. And thank you!
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