Welcome message from Emma Colyer MBE, director of Body & Soul
The second quarter of 2017 saw many new members join the Body & Soul community, stepping into a space of hope, healing and connection. It has been a time of focus in bringing our new mission to the wider world and ensuring the infrastructure within the organisation is fit for purpose.
The evening of 4th May saw us open the doors of the building to over 100 invited guests, who came to learn more about our new mission – ‘transforming childhood adversity’. We hosted funders, supporters, collaborators and influencers who were keen to learn more about the role of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in determining health and social outcomes, and the ways in which Body & Soul’s model of care mitigates the impact of trauma in early life.
The event culminated in speeches on the top floor of the building, and we were delighted to have the opportunity to introduce Jane Dutton, the newest addition to our board of trustees: Jane is a systemic psychotherapist currently working at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; she has a wealth of experience working with early-life trauma and we are honoured she has agreed to join us at this crucial time in our development.
Body & Soul has always been an outward-looking organisation, and this quarter also saw us bring our message to a wider audience with some key media coverage, including a Guardian piece I wrote on the healing power of a supportive, loving community, and a Huffington Post piece written by our policy adviser on the common factor linking HIV, adoption and suicidality.
The core of our work will always focus on our members though, and this report highlights the work we have been doing over the last quarter with the young members registered in our two Teen Spirit programmes, particularly around social isolation. We also have two Teen Spirit case studies, one on Marius and another on Kate.
And for a quick glance at our highlights across all the services, please click here.