We are over the moon to announce we have started running the DARE! sessions in Croydon. We are running the full 6 day course spread over a 6 week period. We will also be running trial sessions from the new year. To see if Project DARE! is for you, we suggest popping along to a 2 hour trial to experience the way we work and to get to know the team!
Get in touch for more information and have a listen to our founder Ursula Joy, accompanied by one of our mentors Robert Elston speaking about Project DARE! on Croydon Radio… We are featured from 13.10mins…
Project DARE! Is now taking bookings for the autumn term. We are a not-for-profit organisation specialising in providing workshops that get participants feeling confident, proud of their body and uber Daring… We work with people experiencing or who have experienced low self-esteem and/or body confidence. You can expect:
Theatrical, drama based & creative exercises that celebrate the body & mind
Techniques theatre practitioners use to bring together their communities and themselves
Scientific knowledge, exploring inside your body genius
Build inner & outer confidence in a safe space using skills performers use on stage
Explore, understand and nurture a positive body image
Develop social skills, form friendships and practise self-compassion
Take away a minimum of 7 learnt ‘Daring’ techniques for confidence…
Project DARE! Daring particpants engaging in the DARE! sessions
The workshops are designed for adults (men & women 16years +). No prior knowledge is required and the sessions are accessible for all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. However the participants must have a good command of English.
Download our PDF poster with all the details here:
“Project DARE! is a creative and unique approach to self-compassion, confidence and a positive body image”
Chief Executive of Public Health, England. Duncan Selbie
The DARE! Sessions will be running for 6 consecutive weeks on Thursdays, from 10.30am-3.30pm. The workshops take place Hoodoo’s in Croydons Town Centre, kicking off from 15th September 2016
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The DARE! Sessions will be running for 6 consecutive weeks on Fridays, from 10.30am-3.30pm. The workshops take place Longfield Hall, 10 minutes walk from either Brixton or Camberwell, kicking off from 16th September 2016
50 Knatchbull Road,
London, SE5 9QY
For further details about Project DARE! visit our website or e-mail email@example.com for booking inquiries. We look forward to hearing from you!
100% of participants who have taken the full course move from ‘below average’ self-esteem & body image wellbeing scores to ‘average’ levels.
We inspire and support people who may have experienced or be experiencing low self-confidence and body image issues. We help participants by harnessing personal change, taking control of both their physical and mental health through a celebration of the human body.
Our Social Impact: Project DARE! is a not-for-profit social enterprise. We work with commissioners within the mental health, public health and education sectors to support people with low confidence, low self-esteem and body image issues. We do this to create community value – making a positive social impact is our central purpose.
When we think about community value, we believe in the positive impact that comes from inspired individuals mentally and physically living their lives to the full. Mental and physical health are so interlinked that a decline in one, affects the other, such as an improvement in one, affects the other and makes an amazing difference to people’s lives. Being able to nurture a positive body image and a positive mind is the means by which the most marginalised in our society can access & engage in health centres, education, social events and jobs – or even access the simple freedom of getting out and about, so central to our quality of life.
We measure and communicate our social impact. Here are the results from workshop participants:
Strong results arose from participating in the course. The Mean body image score of the group improved from 46.3 to 56.1.
Wellbeing increased from 36 to 49.3 and the group improved by a category shifting from low/below average self-esteem to normal levels.
Additionally average self-esteem improved from 13.9 (low/below average) to 18.7 (normal/average).
Furthermore the group improved their social functioning and ability to do daily tasks, including work. As a result of the course they moved from being severely impaired to significant/moderate levels.
A t-test*** showed statistically significant changes for body image and wellbeing, which is very promising for generalising these results to larger groups.
***t-test looks at the t-statistic, t-distribution and degrees of freedom to determine a p value (probability) that can be used to determine whether the population means differ. The t-test is one of a number of hypothesis tests we use to monitor results.
We also create community value by what we do with our profits, and how we work from day to day:
We deliver training services and include people who are long term unemployed that specifically focus on body confidence, mental health and those vital “soft” employability skills that all employers are calling for. We aim to create volunteer and employment opportunities for mental health service users in deprived communities, contribute to our local economies and actively seek new ways to make our communities better places to live and work.
You can find out more about our social impact through the stories of those who use our services:
Link to Vid 1, Clara & Kayin’s Story:
Link to Vid 2, Sam & Nina’s Story:
Here are some thoughts on Project DARE! from…
Chief Executive of Public Health, England…
Mr Selbie praised our “creative and unique approach to self-compassion, confidence and a positive body image”. Duncan Selbie Chief Executive of Public Health England
Assistant Psychologist and Counsellor for South London and Maudsley NHS…
“A safe and creative space was created where every comment and insight was valued and appreciated. I was struck by how the participants felt able and supported to open up and share. No pressure was put on anyone, the emphasis was on personal freedom and expression, this facilitated people to explore and take positive chances within the groups. As the sessions progressed, individual personalities, opinions and experiences shone through. A compassionate, warm, and thriving environment. Excellent, excellent, excellent” Laura Williams, Assistant Psychologist & Counsellor, SLAM
London Social Funding Organisation…
“Project DARE! Body Adoration is an exciting project funded through our Building Communities in Coldharbour initiative. Project DARE! may be small, however their outcomes and day to day management show just how much small organisations can achieve. Project DARE! has an extremely positive effect on the Darers (participants) and their families in terms of improved physical and mental health, at a time when people’s relationships with food and their bodies are often at the forefront of everyone’s mind” Victoria Warne, The London Community Foundation
Head of Year 9, Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic School…
“Girls were really enthusiastic and engaged. They seemed very comfortable in sharing their thoughts. Girls who were normally very quiet were eager to take part in discussion. Lots of happy smiley faces! Really seemed to be thinking and getting something out of it. Presenters were very articulate, organised and supportive” Anne C Denevan Head of Year 9, Bishops Thomas Grant School, Streatham OFSTED Outstanding rated School.
Project DARE! is very cost-effective program with a proven track-record of restoring people’s self-esteem over a 6 week period for less than £425 per person. We are also able to assist clients for longer periods on request.
“If you work with people with low self-esteem we think we can help – call us now to arrange a meeting” Ursula Joy 07507530929 firstname.lastname@example.org
What a fantastic morning we had promoting Project Dare, meeting wonderful people and generally enjoying ourselves.. Lol, as per usual.. 😉
This week Ursula and I (Nicol) set up the mobile Project Dare Stall of ‘Magic and Wonder’ at South Londons Living Well Networks (LWN) Open Morning…
The LWN Open Morning is an amazing opportunity to find out about different services and what’s happening in Lambeth, and surrounding areas, in regards to mental wellbeing. It’s a chance for anyone to pop in and see what’s currently available in the area, talk to those who are running them and meet all kinds of wonderful people.
At Project Dare you are taught to celebrate your body and your mind and so being able to attend events like this is brilliant. The event is free and as a visitor you can mingle and have a proper chat to one of the team about what we can offer you with no obligation to sign up or anything, you can just ask any questions you have there and then!
We had a great time meeting with all the other various services that were represented today. As the resident Dareographer I had loads of photos I wanted to click and bless her, Ursula, was very patient with me asking her to pose with almost everyone there lol. It was a crack and it was a nice way to break the ice talking with everyone and also get people asking, “what is Project Dare?”
So come on down to the Living Well Partnership (Mosaic Clubhouse 65 Effra Road, Brixton, London SW2 1BZ) and have a giggle and a chin-wag with us and find out more about how Project Dare can benefit you and your loved ones…
The next events will be held on the following days from 11:00-12:30pm:
28th May 2015
25th June 2015
30th July 2015
27th August 2015
Ursula says “You secure your deposit for a place on the Dare Sessions via our website but many of our Darers have popped along to an event such as the LWN to say hello, put faces to the names, find out more or just have a natter. It never ceases to amaze me the sheer number of incredible and inspirational businesses, services and opportunities available often around the corner from where you may live. London is a vast City and its easy to miss out on what’s happening on your doorstep. LWN event is a great way of discovering all kinds of wellbeing services and support whilst encouraging communities to collaborate. When communities work together it has the knock on effect of nurturing individual souls.. Thank you for having us LWN” xxx
P.S. There is a (service user run) yummy, scrummy cafe on the premises and it would be awesome to meet you!
“Wow, how excited am I to be here!? Urm, hello!! My name is Nicol Marquis and I’m new to the Project Dare team. I’m guest blogging with you today to really just let you know a bit about myself, what I’ll be doing with the team and why I think Project Dare is the way forward.
So, a little about me… Well, I’m a photographer and I run my own photography business called Shooting My Journey. I’ve been in the photography industry for a quite a few years now doing portraits, events, weddings etc. What I really specialise in though, is real natural photography. I don’t like to do air brushing, or retouching, that’s just not my thing. It can really take away the essence of a person and mask their true beauty. People in my photographs actually look like the people who had their photo taken, and that’s what I pride myself on.
I met Ursula at a drama group and we really hit it off. I told her about my photography, obviously, and she told me about Project Dare, obviously. I found it really quite interesting especially when I think about what I do with my photography. In this day and age, in fact for ages, we’ve been bombarded constantly with photographs, media and information about what constitutes as beautiful or handsome. With my work I try to show people that they are special the way they are and what do you know? That’s what Ursula does with Project Dare!! It’s like a match made in heaven!! And here I am!! Doing my first guest blog with you lovely people… I guess I should now tell you what part I’ll be playing in your amazing journey to feeling fabulous!! So, first of all I am your Dareographer (get it? Dare-photographer).
Project Dare wants you to remember how wonderful you are and how far you have come with a portrait of how just truly beautiful you are. That’s definitely where I come in!! I’ll be taking your official Project Dare portrait and I promise to help make you look and feel beautiful in your natural form. I’ve been doing it for years and it’s what I specialise in. I’ll also be helping out with social media and attending board meetings to ensure the Darers (that’s you) are getting everything we can offer you and more. You’ll also see me pottering around and helping out from time to time, so feel free to say hello and ask me any questions.
Again, I’m super excited to be part of this organisation and helping out with these amazing Dare Sessions. Project Dare is the sort of scheme that should be taught all over the world and I’m really happy to be part of the organisation that’s taking real body adoration out to the masses.
I hope to meet you all soon. Take care!! Nicol #DaringKiss x”
“I wake up in the morning, before (the Dare Workshop) I feel really down & think of depressing thoughts. But since I came to the workshop I’ve been using the cards and I give myself an 8 and when I focus on the number 8 it lets my day go more easier, more happy, I feel more confident” Loy White, Darer at the Project Dare Taster.
Loy White. Project Dare darer (participant)
The inspirational Loy has been putting into practise a technique taught at Project Dare to draw out confidence and is having fantastic results. Want to know what the technique is? Its a clever tool used by actors on stage to define a characters status & can be used in many different ways.. still want to know more..? Book yourself onto the course and start your own daring journey..
Funded places courtesy of the London Community Foundation are available for 25 Female Coldharbour Residents on the Project DARE. Body Adoration series of workshops!
All the activities are accessible, fun & a little bit daring. The workshops give participants the chance to make connections within their community, share their stories and learn a variety of different confidence building techniques which they can take away with them. By the end of the workshops each darer (participant) will know what makes them unique & will love their body more than ever before!
Longfield Hall, 50 Knatchbull Rd, Camberwell, London SE5 9QY
Dates of Course
Friday 4th April 10am-4pm
Friday 11th April 10am-4pm
Friday 18th April 10am -4pm
Friday 2nd May 10am-4pm
Friday 9th May 12pm-3pm
NB// Participants must be able to attend all 5 sessions to enrole and bring their own packed lunch.
Book your place by contacting Ursula Joy on email@example.com or calling 07507530929.
The ‘dare’ is an attitude, it’s a way of life. We will achieve, because we dare to. On Saturday we held a taster courtesy of Loughborough Womens Group at the Loughborough Centre. We were looked after as always with a fantastic spread & what a wonderful space to work in.
We had a fantastic time getting to know each other and starting to look at examples of tools we can use for confidence. Daredevil of the week goes to volunteer Bijal who shines bright like a star wherever she goes. We have taken our first bookings for the Dare Sessions starting Friday 4th April 10AM @Longfield Hall.
London Community Foundation are funding limited places on the course for Lambeth Residents to take part (a £420 value). The course will run on these dates:
Friday 4th April 10am-4pm
Friday 11th April 10am-4pm
Friday 18th April 10am-4pm
Friday 2nd May 10am-4pm
Friday 9th May 12pm-3pm
If you would like to book a place on the forthcoming course or know someone who would please drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org