Who we are
Believe To Achieve (B2A) is a Children's Charity founded in 2001 by nursery nurse Lisa Potts after the 1996 machete attack (at St Luke's Primary School All Saints' & Blakenhall, Wolverhampton) in which she was severely injured protecting the children in her care. B2A is based in Wolverhampton and aims to increase the independence, resilience and self-esteem of children & young people aged 5 - 14yrs.
What we do
Our work has developed and grown; our qualified & experienced staff provide a wide range of services across the Black Country, these include:
- Counselling & therapy for children, young people & families
- Peer support programmes in primary & secondary schools
- Diversionary activities in community settings
- Social media safety workshops for children, young people, parents & carers
- Gangs awareness sessions in primary & secondary schools
Why we need your help
Our counselling & therapy work has highlighted how children & young people, growing up in the digital world may cope in a virtual world but find it increasingly difficult to cope with the 'real' world - in particular, the very real emotions associated with loss, estrangement, and bereavement.
Let us tell you about just five of the young people (anonymised) we have seen over recent months:
- Melanie & Ben aged 7 and 11yrs woke one morning to find their Mum in the final stages of dying - she hadn't told them (or any other family member) how ill she was. They had little contact with their father and are receiving ongoing counselling with B2A.
- Tom, aged 8yrs, physically and verbally aggressive at school was referred to B2A. His Mum had been hospitalised on three occasions within 12months as a result of domestic violence. Tom not only had to deal with his Mum's absence but had witnessed the violence.
- Aged 9yrs, Billy lives with his Dad and Step-mum. Two years ago his Mum had a heart attack and died. This sudden loss resulted in Billy's loss of confidence and an inability to control his temper. B2A work with Billy and his family to overcome this.
- Unable to make friends or adapt to school life, Charlie aged 11yrs was referred to B2A. Charlie had been abused by his parents and taken into foster care. After one year of further abuse in foster care he was moved.
What we will do
We have designed a new project, Inner Compass to help children & young people when faced with loss and bereavement. Our trained staff will work with individuals and groups of children & young people to explore this rite of passage. Inner Compass is designed as a toolkit for youngsters to help them navigate their way around the myriad feelings that accompany grief and loss.
Inner Compass sessions will build resilience, and teach young people coping strategies to develop their own inner compass. Our toolkit covers four areas:
- We will help young people understand what ‘living’ means and that death is part of the life cycle
- We will support them to develop a vocabulary about change and loss and to understand that change and loss are a natural part of life
- We will teach them ways to manage feelings and they will learn that memories are important in relation to loss and change
- We will help them understand that grief affects different people in different ways and learn how we can help others
In 2018 over 400 children were counselled by B2A, 37% were suffering loss & grief through estrangement or bereavement.