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Newsletter of 2020!

My name is Theresa Hammond, founder of Belive. Welcome to Belive’s first newsletter of 2020! It has been such a journey for us and I bet for you too. What with COVID-19, the impact this had on our lives, wellbeing, business, service, community, and families. Not to mention, the rest of the world!
At the beginning of lockdown in March, I
thought this is nice. Time to read, reflect, spend time with my husband, do the gardening etc…….. then it got a bit boring to say the least. I found it quite
disorientating when it changed from
lockdown to stay safe and keep to the
two-metre distance. I remember going to
the garden centre for the first time, and
feeling out of place, like an ‘out of body’
experience and had difficulty paying with
my debit card, not to mention the queue
behind me!
We were also in the process of completing
core training for the volunteers at the
time. Luckily, our diverse volunteers are
committed and stayed in touch by
developing a ‘group’ Whatsapp, sent daily
messages, emoji and funny jokes. They
are truly inspirational and on behalf of
myself and co-trustees, we would like to
say a ‘big thank you’. We subsequently,
reviewed the way we delivered our service, instead of allowing COVID, to dictate our invaluable service and amended it from face-face to virtual.

We already used the telephone as part of our
service, and decided to include Zoom, and
Video Whatsapp! If there is anything positive about COVID, I learnt to use Zoom for the first time! We also saw an opportunity to widen our geographical area, to include the whole of Kent not just Medway! We networked with Ashford Voluntary Agency, who kindly put our service out there, we received referrals, and our volunteers are supporting beneficiaries who live in the Ashford area.
So, a big thank you, to Lee Robinson and
team, from Ashford Volunteer Centre.


WELCOME
Welcome to Tolu, our part-time coordinator. Tolu joined us in September on a part-time flexible basis. Tolu works 7 hours, Monday-Tuesday,10.00am-1.30pm.
You can email Tolu at belivetolu@gmail.com or by phone on 0759355 6954.


HERE AND NOW
Belive is getting recognition for the services we provide, for people living with a mild-moderate learning disability in Kent. We recently won an ‘out of the ordinary’ grant and were among hundreds of charities and initiatives to be chosen.

I would also like to say a big thank you to our funders, without their support, Belive would not become a reality!  Operating Hours: 10.00am-4pm on Monday-Thursday. Phone: 079 7769 6658 Email Us: belivemedway@outlook.com Visit Us: www.belivemedway.com

COVID-19 #1

Due to COVID 19, Belive will be changing the way we provide our service to beneficiaries from face-face to social media for example. Telephone calls, Zoom or WhatsApp Video, this is to protect our beneficiaries and volunteers in the current situation.

Belive is committed to providing a safe service in accordance with Government guidelines and the Department of Health.

If you are aged 18 plus, living with a mild-moderate learning disability, lonely or isolated living in Kent and would like a befriender, please contact Theresa Hammond: 07977696658 or email: belivemedway@outlook.com

How BELIVE is working through COVID 19

Due to COVID 19, Belive will be changing the way we provide our service to beneficiaries
from face-face to social media for example. Telephone calls, Zoom or WhatsApp Video, this
is to protect our beneficiaries and volunteers in the current situation.
Belive is committed to providing a safe service in accordance with Government guidelines
and Department of Health. If you are aged 18 plus, living with a mild-moderate learning
disability, lonely or isolated living in Kent and would like a befriender please contact Theresa
Hammond: 07977696658 or email: belivemedway@outlook.com
We are pleased to have been given funding from the government’s
Coronavirus community support fund.

Contact us

If you would like to get in contact with BELIVE Medway to talk about volunteering for us, becoming a trustee, getting some befriending or anything else. please Contact us.

By Email: belivemedway@outlook.com

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    The Trustees

    Trustee

    The Trustees

    Our trustees are recruited because they are committed to the purposes and aims of BELIVE, adhere to the policies and procedures of BELIVE and ethos of the charity commission.

    Theresa Hammond

    Founder and chair of BELIVE 2018. Qualified Therapeutic counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Currently working part-time in a safe environment with adults on a range of issues. Over 18 years of post-qualifying experience as a child and family’s social worker including safeguarding.  Practice Teacher.

    Joanna

    Joanna is a Parent Carer and Counselling Psychologist. She created the website www.affinityhub.uk to signpost to emotional support for parents of children with special needs and is currently researching emotional wellbeing in parent carers.   

    Hi my Joe

    I have been a trustee for BELIVE since 2019. I am also the founder of a Community Interest Group (CIC) called Disability Medway Network CIC. As a group, we both raise awareness and champion people with hidden and visible disabilities.

    Hi, My name is Mark Lemmon,

    trustee for BELIVE since August 2019.  I have a business background and many years’ experience as a CEO, and MD of two national /international brands. Currently, I work as a non-executor director for a range of businesses, including my own business and franchise consultancy service, for new business start-up and business restructuring projects.  

    Hi my name is Jacqui O’Shaughnessy

    I have been a trustee for BELIVE for over 2 years.  My background is within the financial banking sector, I have worked in banking for over 25 years. I choose to get involved with BELIVE as I instantly could see the vision and passion Teresa had for the charity, I also found from personal experience that there wasn’t much help for people with mild to moderate disabilities, so made the best decision to become a trustee.

    Hi, my name is Mark

    I have been working with people who have a learning disability for over 20 years. I am a Registered Nurse (Learning Disabilities) and work as a manager of community learning disability services. I am passionate about promoting social inclusion for people with disabilities and tackling loneliness and isolation. I have been a Trustee for BELIVE since 2020

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    Volunteers

    Volunteers

    Hi, I am Dorothy

    I am a volunteer for Belive. I like animals, going to tourist attractions and gardening.  I enjoy meeting other people, have a good sense of humour and I’m keen to try something new.

    Hi I’m Edward.

    I am a volunteer for Belive. My hobbies include. Going to the gym, Gaming Swimming, Archery,  Horse Riding, Watching good movies and Helping people.

    My name is Melanie Reynolds, I’m a volunteer for Belive.

    I’m looking forward to being able to support people in their homes, over the phone or on trips out. My hobbies include Zumba classes, walking and socialising, I also have a good sense of humour and a good listener.

    My name is Manprit.

    I am a centric people person, Good communicator & listener. Good sense of humour and like meeting new people & new challenges. Cool under pressure.