Testimonials

Project DARE! works with a wide range of clients across public health, mental health and educational sectors. We will not rest until each person knows their self-worth and can rejoice in the confidence that comes with having positive body image. Here are some of quotes from people who have been a part of the movement that DAREs!

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

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

Funding Bodies:

"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

“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

District Commisioners:

Guides

“As a leader, I would like to add that the session was excellent, the girls have not been so well behaved in a long time and it was great to see them so engaged in a subject”

Sarah Chapman, District Commissioner,  Southwark Girl Guides

London OFSTED Outstanding rated Secondary School Heads of Year:

“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.

“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.

South London and Maudsley NHS Assistant Psychologist and Counsellor:

“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

“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

 


 

Previous Participants of the DARE! Sessions:

On BODY IMAGE:

“This is (Project DARE!) such a special way to relate as a woman. I could reclaim my sexuality after years of oppression and experiences of abuse”
“Yes, (my feelings towards my body, have changed) I feel happier with my body and looks – more accepting of being my age and physique”

“I feel more relaxed and confident about my body”
“I need to nurture myself more. Not be so hard on myself. My looks doesn’t reflect my worth at all”

“I love to explore and express myself through dance and to try out different characters and roles. It helped me expand myself and feel more appreciative /kinder of/to my body”

“(highlights) for me include understanding emotions and what prevents me from liking my shape. Understanding how angry feelings prevent us from embracing how we feel and look”

“I have learnt my body is beautiful”

I feel more playful (towards my body), more aware of what i can do with my body, less inhibited, more willing to try different playful things with my body, which is an absolute joy”

“(I have learnt that) there’s many many more qualities that makes up a person. Its media & companies want to make money that pushes us to believe we’re not good enough if we don’t look certain way – I’m going to be much more aware & my thoughts and advertisement & don’t get sucked in”


On CONFIDENCE:

“I’ve learnt there’s no need to be nervous about trying new things”

“I have learnt to have confidence in myself”
“I can be fun, playful, sexy, friendly”
“I’m lovely! Still got it!!”


 

On Social impact, building FRIENDSHIPS and bonding communities:

“(At DARE!, you)meet and getting close to great people in a way that wouldn’t normally ever be possible”
“I can be myself with others and be accepted”
“another highlight of the course was being able to express myself open and honestly without fear of judgement”

“(P.D.) got everyone involved immediately. No one felt self-conscious”

“Laughed a lot”!

Project DARE! team with the Mayor of Lambeth

Project DARE! team with the Mayor of Lambeth

“I participated in a brilliant workshop all about body image & how we perceive others & ourselves. It was fun, educational and has changed the way I think of myself and others forever and boy the team worked hard. The workshop showed guts, determination & imagination, I was taken aback by how much knowledge and awareness could be imparted in such a short space of time and so creatively, it was a brilliant, you are truly inspirational and I wish you every success in this venture because it is well deserved.”

Project DARE! Daring particpants engaging in the DARE! sessions

Project DARE! Daring particpants engaging in the DARE! sessions

“I wish I could express exactly how much this workshop has given me. If I had known one existed before I definitely would come! I feel so much more positive & full of energy, passion and commitment”

Project DARE! Dare Devils bespoke Session for teenagers

Project DARE! Dare Devils bespoke Session for teenagers

“Before the workshop I was sometimes worried, not very confident, didn’t like talking to friends about it (Body Image).  After completing the workshop I felt more confident, I know that there are some friends can definitely talk to about how you feel, reassured that the media doesn’t tell the truth and that other people worry too”

Patrol Leader, Walrus Patrol, 5th North Dulwich Guides


“I enjoyed the dance orchestra sections, incorporating positive & negative, it flowed so well. I also enjoyed group discussions which were insightful and interesting. After taking (the PD workshop) I feel I can express myself more & understand where issues emerge from”


“This needs to be wide-scale for all young people and older too, because it promotes positive attitudes & real life”


“I learnt its ok to be who you are, not to be afraid of the way you look”

Girl Guide at 5th North Dulwich Guides


“The dancing brought out our inner confidence and the workshop was very energising & informative”


“This workshop was fun and had nice and warming teachers, the dance was energetic and fun”


 

We monitor the wellbeing of all our participants. Take a look at our Social Impact Report.

 


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