News Article – Newsletter Issue # 7

23 May 2024

As we approach the halfway mark of the year, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the positive impact we’re making each day to children and families in need. At Be Centre, we’re witnessing a growing demand for our services as children and families experience trauma. This can manifest in various forms, from overt instances like abuse to seemingly smaller changes like moving house or shifts in family dynamics.

In Australia, about 1 in 10 children aged 4-11 have a mental health disorder with nearly 50% of all mental health disorders starting before the age of 14. Early intervention is key to ensuring we help and support as many children as possible heal from trauma so they can thrive.

Play Therapy is evidence-based, and our impact reports show that 100% of parents agree that Play Therapy has helped their child, contributing to an overall better and more positive state of well-being. Additionally, 87.5% agree that their child is now better able to better express their emotions.

However, the increasing demand for our services reflects a concerning trend of more children grappling with mental health issues. Through continued community generosity, grants, and donations, we aim to further extend our impact within the community.

In this issue:
Making a Difference: Our latest Impact Report
Did you know?: School holiday workshops running
Thanks and hugs: Recent A-MAZING events and supporters
Don’t miss out! Be part of our community.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

IMPACT REPORT

Our latest six-monthly Impact Report offers insights into our efforts to facilitate early mental health services for children. During this period, we supported 184 children through our services, providing a total of 1,618 Play Therapy sessions.

Additionally, Be Centre Foundation has expanded its offerings by introducing Group Therapy programs, delivering 23 group sessions in the past six months. The increasing demand for our services reflects a concerning trend of more children facing mental health challenges.

DID YOU KNOW?

SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

We’re pleased to introduce a new series of workshops during the school holidays run by our wonderful clinicians, ranging from creative fun activities to those with therapeutic benefits. These workshops were open to the wider community, not just existing Be Centre clients, aiming to extend our services to more children. The feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive, and we’re excited to offer more workshops during the July school holidays. Stay tuned for updates!

THANKS AND HUGS!

RECENT ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS SUPPORTING BE CENTRE FOUNDATION

Pittwater Artists Trail

A heartfelt thank you to the Pittwater Artists Trail for their dedication in raising $2,000 through their Group Exhibition Silent Auction. The community was given the delightful opportunity to bid on artworks and jewellery, all in support of raising funds for Be Centre! At the event, our remarkable Play Therapist, Fiona Geoghegan, eloquently shared insights into the profound impact of Play Therapy and the therapeutic journey it offers children in our therapy rooms.

Trivia Night Success!

A big thank you to all who joined us for our fourth Trivia Night at The Waterfront Café and General Store. Together, we raised crucial funds for children and families in need through our silent auction and Club 100 raffle. Special appreciation goes to Craig from The Meldrums for providing live music, and to Lachlan from White Box Analytics for being our trivia master, and of course Catalina and Linda for their wonderful help and support. We are also immensely grateful to Mary and Maria, from the Waterfront Cafe, for hosting this event once again.

Feature in Pittwater Life May Edition

In a recent interview with Pittwater Life, Tania Taylor highlighted the crucial role of community donations, corporate grants and foundation support for Be Centre Foundation. With no government funding, these contributions are essential for sustaining our services. Our community of funders, donors and volunteers play a vital role in providing the necessary funds to support our initiatives.

DON’T MISS OUT!

YOU’RE INVITED! SAVE THE DATE OR BOOK NOW.

These events support our fundraising efforts. Thank you to our wonderful community, volunteers and supporters for helping to drive change.

8-19 July 2024: School Holiday Workshops
Our upcoming school holiday workshops will be announced in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more details!

25-28 July 2024: Good Planet Studio Art Exhibition at Gallery 109, Manly
Our Art Therapy program ‘Good Planet Studio’ made possible by funding from Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) through the Ministry of Health, enabled children to express their perspectives on climate change through various artistic mediums. We extend our gratitude to Gallery 109 for generously showcasing works created by children from this innovative art therapy program. Find out more about the Good Planet Studio Exhibition.

25 August 2024: Beach2Beach Fun Run
Join us for Sydney’s most scenic fun run (or walk!), taking in many of the spectacularly beautiful Northern Beaches. How to support the Be Centre Foundation? It’s easy! Register here and join the Be Centre Foundation team or donate to the team!

*3 October 2024: Annual Charity Golf Day Re-scheduled!*
Due to the wet weather, our Charity Golf Day had to be postponed. But good news! We’ve rescheduled it to early October! Tickets are still available, so gather your friends and family and book your tickets for a day of golf at the exclusive Monash Country Club!

We extend a heartfelt thank you to our event sponsors for their generous support in helping us raise much needed funds to support children’s mental health. G Brothers Mercedes-Benz, Keith Root Building Services, Blackmore Family Foundation, Northern Beaches Council, Mr Vitamins, Freshwater Brewing Company, LJ Hooker Mona Vale and Palm Beach and Precision Golf. Your support is invaluable, and we look forward to seeing you on the green!

May 2025: Be Centre Gala Dinner Re-scheduled!
Save the date for our Gala in 2025! Due to inclement weather and the rescheduling of our Golf event to October, we need to shift the date of the Gala. The new date will be announced soon, but please reserve some Fridays in May 2025 for this wonderful evening!

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED?

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Please contact us at info@becentre.org.au

 


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