‘I’m thrilled the Mental Health Awareness Campaign is working but unless it is backed up by an improvement in frontline services, we’re heading for a national car-crash’.
Blue Smile has a range of events taking place all year round; from fundraising events, clinical training events, awareness days and conferences.
A great way to support Blue Smile is by taking part in our planned events or by organising your own event – raising awareness of our work or fundraising for us.
By organising a fundraising event ‘your way’, you can raise funds and awareness of Blue Smile while bringing people together to do what you love best! This might be baking cakes, dancing or playing music – whatever you choose!
Miles for Smiles
Walk, cycle or jog to help children get their smiles back!
Perhaps you are inspired by runners in the recent London Marathon, perhaps you want extra motivation to get outdoors in the coming weeks, or perhaps you simply want to help children in your local community and keep healthy at the same time!
Miles for Smiles is a new initiative to enable Cambridgeshire residents to raise money for Blue Smile’s vital children’s therapy work. Now more than ever before, Blue Smile is needed to help children with mental heath and emotional problems. The money you raise will help us support children who are anxious or distressed, through our one to one therapy in Cambridgeshire schools.
You can choose how many miles you will do, whether you will do them alone or with your household, and how you will do them – walking, cycling or running! You could set a target for a specific date, or do your miles over several weeks – you decide.
Simply plan your Miles for Smiles and then set up your JustGiving Page. Make sure you tell your friends and family all about it and spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other websites you use.
Every penny you raise will help children who are struggling with overwhelming emotions and feelings. Thank you very much indeed for taking on your own Miles for Smiles challenge!
You may want to download and print this sign to pin to your hoodie or T-Shirt when you are doing your miles.
Coffee Break Challenges
Looking for ways to fundraise whilst staying at home?
Try these fun Coffee Break Challenges
Looking for something more energetic? Why not try our Get Fit Garden Challenge? Click here for more details.
Looking for a CHALLENGE?
It might be a triathlon, a skydive or a long-distance walk – there are so many challenge events you or your team can take part in to raise funds for Blue Smile – all you need to do is choose which one! Our Fundraising Pack and Local Giving page can help you with your planning.
We’ve registered with the following companies to help you with some ideas for a BIG CHALLENGE event:
From taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge in the UK, cycling from London to Paris or trekking the Great Wall of China, Global Adventure Challenges has something for everyone.
Always wanted to skydive? Why not do it for charity? If you can commit to raising over £350 for Blue Smile, we will pay for your skydive!
Or check out these pages for other ideas:
Blue Smile Heroes are people who face an obstacle, a challenge, a fear or a new adventure to raise money for the little heroes who use our services. They are people who go the extra mile and exhibit courage and commitment to support Blue Smile. It’s a personal journey as well as a fundraising effort.
Blue Smile Heroes:
- Select a genuine personal challenge to raise funds.
- Get others involved. We all need supporters who will encourage us and cheer us on!
- Raise £500 or more that will help Blue Smile be there for all the children who need us.
Blue Smile Heroes are recognised with a special T-Shirt that can only be obtained once Hero status has been earned and a certificate that confirms that you are indeed a hero!
Here are some links to get you started:
Clinical Training Events
Blue Smile is passionate about supporting the development of clinical trainees and qualified practitioners so they can continuously improve the skills needed to work effectively with children, schools and families. We draw on our own expertise in children and young people’s mental health as well as that of external trainers to provide high quality, regular clinical training workshops throughout the year. Our full and half day ‘Skills in the Room’ workshops combine theoretical and experiential learning, incorporate the use of arts and play and are open to practitioners from various organisations as well as those within Blue Smile.
Our training workshops cover a wide range of topics including:
- Using mindfulness with children
- Understanding and working with self-harm
- Working with ADHD
- Sand tray work
- Bereavement and loss
Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, our training events have been suspended.
- Ditty Dokter – Negotiating Boundaries or Reinforcing Borders?
- Clair Lewoski – Gender, Sexuality and Gender Questioning
- Clair Lewoski – Mindfulness
- Anna Zeffertt – Working with Ill Health
- Michelle Miller – Self-harm in Younger Children
- Lynne Souter-Anderson – Poking fun and packing punches: using clay with children and adolescents to work through relational conflicts
- Biddy Barclay – Tiny and Vast: Worlds in the Sand-tray
- Amy O’Leary – Understanding and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse
- Dr Joanne Holmes – Working with ADHD
- Clair Lewoski – Working with Defences
- Raven Kaliana – Puppets do the Talking: Transforming Trauma with Puppetry
- Dr Gina Gomez de la Cuesta – Building Bricks for Autism: An introduction to Lego based Therapy
- Vince Hesketh – We are not Alone: Working with Family Systems
“Excellent training – good mix of practical with discussions and amazingly generous experience shared with the group.”
“Blue Smile cares about developing its staff and volunteers and provides opportunities for high-quality training.“
“Excellent, highly engaging presenter direct from the field“
There are currently no Open Days planned
Volunteer Open Morning- Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Blue Smile conferences
“Thank you to all involved today. You inspired and educated me. About to type up some notes for colleagues. I feel incredibly passionate about mental health and well-being.” Conference attendee