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.
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!
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.