You can stop SHINE from closing

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From MPs to NHS Clinical Directors, the great and the good all agree that SHINE’s approach to Tier 3 obesity makes a significant difference to the lives and health of at risk children and young people. But as it stands SHINE Health Academy’s positive impact could end in December. That’s when our current funding ends as it stands.

The problem with funding our work is that no-one at local or government level appears to recognise or accept financial responsibility for Tier 3 work with children who have a BMI of over 99.6 centile. There is a false belief that there is no demand for such services and that children do not require this level of input. But the 200 families SHINE works with every year would suggest otherwise.

This year SHINE has seen more families than at any time in our history. We’ve a backlog of young people wanting our services – and hospital admissions for obesity related illnesses in children are rising…

Three years ago we were successful with our Children in Need bid and avoided closure. If we do not receive future funding health professionals will no longer have access to our consultancy service, other providers who don’t fit the criteria for access to Tier 2 services will be unable to refer more vulnerable obese children to us, parents will lose a pivotal support network – and most importantly young people will become lost in a system that does not fully understand the complex journey of a morbidly obese child.

If you’re going to be affected by our potential closure, please let us know by emailing. Your voice might just save us.

SHINE help Gok Wan break body confidence record

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SHINE work with presenter on campaign for body confidence classes in schools

We love Gok Wan here at SHINE. He’s a fun and cool TV presenter whose shows make a real difference to people’s self-confidence and body image. We’ve been lucky enough to work with him on previous projects including the documentary ‘Too Fat Too Young’ but his latest>Gok’s Teens – is his best yet.  How do we know?  We’re in it!

This summer, SHINE Managing Director Kath Sharman was one of ten specialist tutors invited to London to teach what was described as ‘the biggest body confidence class ever’. Over a hundred pupils from around the country were taught on London’s Westminster Green, the event filmed as part of  a campaign to get ‘Body Confidence’ added as a weekly lesson in the National Curriculum for secondary schools.
Afterwards Kath joined Gok and the ‘teens’ involved in the documentary (including SHINE members Kyle and Jake) in the Houses of Parliament where they met with MPs to discuss the campaign.  It was an exciting, challenging and emotional experience and one everyone involved will remember for a long time.

Gok’s Teens  airs in early 2012 as a three part series on Channel 4. We’ll be talking about it more when it launches.  Don’t miss it!