I am sure you will agree that a chat over a brew is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures, but not everyone always has someone to do this with regularly. Our telephone support programme Be Kind Brew Buddies aims to help people across Pembrokeshire. Support is available if you are a parent or young person who needs someone to chat to in confidence, after having reduced opportunities to make social connections, due to the recent coronavirus outbreak or other circumstances in your life.
How do Be Kind Brew Buddies work?
Those who sign up for the service will be allocated a buddy, who will then "get-together” over the phone, WhatApps or text for a brew, and a chat at least once a week for around 30 minutes.
Absolutely no pressure to talk about any problems, simply a listening ear, and friendly voice. After 8 sessions you will be invited to give us valuable feedback on how the programme has helped you and made a difference in your life.
If more sessions are needed, then that is perfectly fine – we all love an extra brew!!!
To sign up please use the contact page quoting Brew Buddies.
All information is kept strictly confidential between you and your buddy.
Young people are facing many issues that are new to them, including eating problems, anxiety, anger, body image, and loneliness. We can offer peer support to help cope with these feelings, and/or where to turn to for help.
Through our tireless self-funding initiatives, we have been able to offer FREE BCAP professional counselling sessions for vulnerable young people around Pembrokeshire.
Currently, our NHS is overwhelmed, and wait times can range from 12 months to 2 years or more before you can access support. Our professional counselling currently runs on support being offered within 7-10 days, so we are here to bridge that gap, to ensure that you can access the help when you need it most.
We can also provide bereavement support via a trained CRUSE advisor, as well as advise on issues regarding Special Educational Needs.
If you are looking for some advice on Bullying, we are proudly an associated member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance and can provide training sessions to schools, youth groups, societies, or simply advice for parents and young people.
We have youth peer support groups whereby through anti-bullying initiatives we aim to: -
Promote a shared conversation and response to bullying in which everyone works together responsibly and collaboratively to create safe environments for students.
· Inspire communities to get involved with social change in promoting kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
· Provide informative guides for parents to understand the dynamics of bullying, help their children through bullying situations, and learn how to communicate with school staff.
· Educate students with age-appropriate resources and information to manage bullying situations, be supportive of their peers, and take action to prevent bullying in their school, community, and online.
We want to promote a shared conversation and response to bullying in which everyone works together to create safe environments for young people.
By creating a kinder, more accepting, and more inclusive community, fewer young people will experience bullying, become less isolated, be willing to speak out and ask for help.
No one ever has to feel alone.
Since the pandemic our work has diversified and is ever changing.
The one thing that has not, or ever will change is the fact that we are here to help.
Nobody has to suffer in silence, we are at the end of a message, text, phone or email.
Please just reach out - it's great to talk!
It’s difficult being a parent/care giver. That’s why we are offer parent peer support ~ to give hope, guidance, advocacy & camaraderie to each other.
Parent peer support can help parents identify and access appropriate services for their children and help navigate systems more effectively, learn from the experiences of other families, feel less alone & gain hope, ideas & information.
This support can help parents meet their children’s needs more efficiently and with greater confidence & hope.
Please contact us to find out more information.
Since Megan's Starr Foundation was founded, we have been constantly looking at new ways in which to support the young people in Pembrokeshire. There is no one size fits all with mental health & as such the way in which young people seek help is diverse.
For the last 12 months, we have been working on this amazing project which has been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Wales, whereby we can take our support mobile, into rural areas where young people would not otherwise be able to access our services.
With our fully wrapped Electric Speakeasy Coffee & Shake Van, we can offer young people barista training, teach them about green energy & the environment, as well as offering mobile support for those who need help or advice, all fully funded. We can take the Speakeasy to schools, colleges, sporting & community groups to offer youth engagement, and also to fetes & events whereby young people can gain experience in serving the public. All in all, it will be a huge asset to the community & an opportunity to offer help-seeking in a new & diverse way.
We are Super Excited to announce the launching of our new project on 1st June, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
T.O.Y ~ Together Old & Young is an intergenerational project that aims to bring together the young & old generations in different activities, to promote intergenerational learning, and create new possibilities for older adults and young people to learn together and benefit from each others’ company. This includes mutual understanding, improved feelings of wellbeing, decreased loneliness and satisfaction from sharing knowledge, experience & enhanced social cohesion.
To find out more, please contact us!
Last month, on behalf of the Megan’s Starr Foundation, Nicola had the immense pleasure of meeting a beautiful couple ~ Content Creators Caitlyn & Leah.
Caitlin and Leah are leading advocates for LGBTQ+ and mental health, and have a ‘huge’ following on all social media platforms. The conversations they share online are raw and important, particularly surrounding their mental health journeys, yet their infectious personalities have helped build an audience of loyal followers who find entertainment and comfort in their content.
We met to talk about Megs story, our journey as a charity & the devastating impact of online Hate. The girls talked candidly about their own experiences of online hate & how as young women it makes them feel to see & receive such judgemental & spiteful comments.
In association with the Global Youth Charity Ditch The Label, the content will be included in a YouTube documentary that I’m sure will help so many young people who are struggling with their Mental Health.
Opening up and normalising mental health in all communities is so important. On the outside to others you can seem to have it all, but very few people stop & think about how that person is actually feeling inside.
Thank you both for being true Influencers & helping to spread the word that it is ok not to be ok, and that being kind is always the best way. Good luck also on your IVF journey. Breaking the stigma & barriers for young people everywhere.
The West Wales Health & Care awards celebrate organisations and charities in West Wales that make invaluable contributions to the Community.
Last Year we were humbled to win in the Child & Adolescent section. This year we were blown away to win in 3 categories!
Megan's Starr Foundation - Health Charity of the Year
Nicola Harteveld - Community-Based Individual of the Year
Megan's Starr Foundation - Outstanding Achievement Award
As part of our Intergenerational project, we are making memory & denim cushions. These will be made free of charge for anyone who would like one made for themselves or given to someone they care about.
“Memory Cushion are made from garments worn by a loved one and is a lovely way to feel close to someone we miss by using the sense of touch. The cushions make such a powerful and moving impact and can also be used for people living with dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or other debilitating illnesses. The collage of different garments can help with memory recall, and comfort loved ones in times of need”.
If you would like to be part of this wonderful project or would like a memory cushion made, please could you pop along to the website and email us via the Contact Us link. Please state whether you wish to become involved with the project or would like to have a cushion made.
More details will then be provided.
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10th November 2020 was Megan’s 18th Birthday, and we wanted to celebrate with an extra special event that will make sure her legacy of kindness continues.
Megan was a truly kind girl who always thought of others, and we wanted to embrace this by creating the Map of Kindness. By donating a pound, dollar, euro, or any other currency you can own a heart on the Map of Kindness.
When you own the heart, you can upload either a picture of yourself with someone you care about, a kindness quote or a kind deed that you have done or intend to do - basically any message of kindness that you want to spread. This will then appear on the map under your name and location for all the world to see.
By donating £5 or the equivalent, you can also own your personalised ‘Owner of a Heart’ certificate and a Megan’s Starr Foundation wristband.
We would love to fill the map with hearts all over the world, spreading messages of love and hope by showing the universal language of kindness.
All funds will go to the Megan’s Starr Foundation where they are desperately needed, to continue to support parents and young people in the community.
This map will not only be spreading the message of love, hope & kindness – but of mental health awareness and that we are all in this together.
Once donated, please upload your location and message on our 'GoFundMe' page, and/or inbox the Megan's Starr Foundation Facebook LIKE page with your picture. These will then be added to the Map of Kindness and shared across the world for everyone to see.
This is an ongoing initiative to raise awareness of the power of kindness.