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    Dance Therapy Workshop

    25 October 2016

    Thank you ,thank you to Dance teacher Lisa Stephens https://www.facebook.com/mindbodydanceUK/ founder for a fabulous workshop this morning, we all had a taste of Ballet, Salsa (very sensual moves ), stretching and relaxation , but most of all top marks from Lisa as she told everyone they all had great rhythm, such fun !!

    Lisa will be joining us again in January 2017 to teach us more, we can’t wait , thank you again for your support today Lisa.

  • New Volunteer Role – Fundraising Events Organiser 


    Volunteer Role:                          Fundraising Events Organiser
    Department and Team:            Community Engagement
    Main Point of Contact:             Founder/CEO & Charity Manager
    Where you will be based:         In your local area / in the community where you live and work

    Why We Want You

    • Are you a natural organiser who loves bringing people together?
    • Do you have a passion and flair for organising events in your local area?
    • Want to raise funds that help people with cancer in the UK
    • Able to enthuse and organise a small team of events volunteers?

    What you will be doing 

    You will: 

    • Be responsible for the overall planning, organisation and review of Made for Life Foundation fundraising events.
    • Draw on your networks, friends and family to form an enthusiastic team to plan events and make them happen
    • Make sure that events are run in line with the Foundation policies on, for example, health and safety; keeping people safe; handling money
    • Share your ideas, successes and learning to inspire and support volunteers and staff involved in organising fundraising events across the UK


    What’s in it for you? 

    You will: 

    • Develop or refresh your event management and leadership skills
    • Share your skills with your team as you guide them through event planning and organisation
    • Enjoy the satisfaction of organising successful events and raising funds
    • Meet new people and make new contacts in your local area
    • Experience being part of a UK wide collaboration of volunteers and staff whose shared aim is to create positive change for those with cancer

    Your skills and qualities 


    • Get on well with people from different backgrounds
    • Are a good planner and organiser – you’re good at practical solutions and ideas
    • Have local knowledge and contacts
    • Are able to keep your team volunteering happily together – giving a lead, providing advice, keeping calm, being decisive, asking for help, as needed
    • Have initiative and can work on your own when necessary


    What We Offer 

    • Knowledge and guidance based on experience – which you can tap into
    • A fantastic team at Head Office to support you, from financial planning to using social media
    • Materials and branded goods suitable for events
    • An exceptional volunteering experience dedicated to enhancing people’s lives
    • The chance to learn more about the Made for Life Foundation, and to be part of the wonderful work that we do with people diagnosed with cancer


    Your Time

    Some events can take just hours to plan and organise; others require days or more. There are no set hours: you have the flexibility to fit organising around your personal commitments.


    What is the Made for Life Foundation?

    Amanda Barlow established the Made for Life Foundation (registered charity 1138846) in 2009 to provide support for people diagnosed with and recovering from cancer. Made for Life organises days filled with holistic complementary treatments, organic makeovers, nutritional advice, art therapy, meditation and relaxation techniques along with time for sharing and hugs.

    Having been diagnosed with cancer; the patient, their close family and or carers will quickly understand that receiving such a diagnosis can be a traumatic and life changing event. On hearing the news, people often report feeling sick, disorientated, very sad, angry, frustrated, scared, lost, isolated, in need of support and often unsure of what to do for the best.

    We now have space in the wonderful Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre at Treliske, Truro, where we would like to welcome anyone whenever they need us – from just being diagnosed, undergoing treatment, to post treatment, recurrence, end of life. We have already held lots of Made for Life days here providing days of fun, laughter and sharing knowledge.

    To date, we have worked with people for over 8 years to provide Made for Life days across the UK, supporting over 10,000 people.

    Currently there is no Centre within Cornwall to provide these services. So our aim is to have a Made for Life Centre, which will continue providing support in the way of complementary services for people diagnosed and recovering from Cancer within Cornwall. The objective of the Centre is that it will provide a place where people have access to a variety of support services including counselling, holistic treatments, art, yoga, a library, a relaxation area, advice on nutrition and cookery classes, a café and a crèche.


    Additional Information 

    Reasonable out of pocket expenses (e.g. travel and lunch) will be agreed in advance and reimbursed.


    Made for Life Foundation is a Registered Charity No. 1138846


    Volunteer Fundraising Events Organiser

    Are you a natural organiser who loves bringing people together?

    Do you have a passion and flair for organising events in your local area?

    Want to raise funds that help people with cancer in the UK?

    Able to enthuse and organise a small team of events volunteers?


    To apply for this Volunteer position please write directly to:-

    Amanda Barlow CEO/Owner, Made for Life by Spiezia Organics stating reasons why you would like to get involved and why you feel this is a role that you would excel in.

    Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre, Treliske, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3FF

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    Cornwall Living – October Edition

    Isn’t life funny?

    As October is cancer awareness month, we look at the great work carried out by Made For Life Foundation.

    Each issue we feature the Made For Life Foundation and the ongoing work that it does for those who find themselves diagnosed, fighting and recovering from cancer. Organising holistic treatments, organic makeovers, nutritional advice, art therapy as well as teaching meditation and relaxation techniques, the foundation is pivotal in lending a helping hand to those who need it most.

    Diane Knight who, like so many other individuals who’ve benefited from the amazing help that the foundation offers, shares her story so far and proves to us, once again, that this charity truly is made for life.

    Click here to read the full story: Cornwall living October 2016

    click here to read the October 2016 Edition of Cornwall Living online: Cornwall Living – October Edition

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    MFL Workshop – Una St Ives Spa Day

    WOW, What a Wonderful, Memorable Very Special Day we had 6th October on our Made For Life Spa Day at Una St Ives, Una St Ives

    Lots of time to relax and chat with plenty of Laughter along the way and also everyone received a little goodie bag with a few treats inside very kindly donated by Spiezia – Made for Life Organics

    A huge Thank you to The Spiezia Therapists, Carly and Her Team for providing a variety of Specialised Massage Treatments for Cancer Patients.

    Another big Thank you goes to Paul the Chef at Una Kitchen and sister Restaurant Tremenheere, who provided the Ladies with a delicious healthy Lunch, which I may add disappeared very quickly!

    Without the support from such lovely, kind people our Charity would not be able to hold these valuable events.
    Finally a quote from one of the Ladies as she left ” I feel like somebody cares “.

    Here are some quotes from the lovely ladies who attended the event:

    “Thank you Juliette, it was a very special day, it was so nice to have the opportunity to meet such a lot of lovely ladies xx”

    “Well done Juliette for arranging these special days, inspirational ladies, looking lovely 🌸xxxxx”

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    MFL Workshop – Art from the Heart with Annie B

    What a Fantastic Workshop held in September by Local Artist Annie B – everyone had so much fun, we would like to thank you Annie for making the Morning so special your support means so much to the Charity, looking forward to you coming back again soon.

    Click here to see Annie’s work: Anne B Art

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    Cornwall Living – September Edition

    Giving hope
    Made for Life Foundation continues to inspire those who need it most.

    Looking back to spring time and Cornwall Living’s April issue, you may recall Margaret Underwood’s words about the help, comfort and friendship she received through Made for Life Foundation and the ways the foundation and workshops have inspired so many of those in cancer rehab.

    Such an example is the quilting project, organised by Margaret and a friend last year, producing a beautiful wall hanging measuring five by four feet. Each participant was given a 12-inch square of calico, on which they designed and created a reflection of their journey from diagnosis to survival using embroidery, applique, beading and a variety of other textile techniques. The patches were then padded, quilted, backed and sewn together.

    Each colourful square tells a story. Margaret designed a mermaid to honour the Mermaid Centre where most of the workshop goers have received treatments and both good and bad news. The quilters decided to name the finished result ‘A Quilt of Hope’, to support anyone going through the cancer journey. Now they are looking for a place to hang the quilt: a place where it will not only become a talking point but will give hope and a promise of understanding to anyone going through the cancer journey.

    This month’s workshop was held by Mary Lunnen, founder of Dare to Blossom Life Coaching. “It was an honour to be invited to facilitate a workshop for Made for Life”, says Mary. “Sharing my own story is always emotional as even though my diagnosis was so long ago, it is always there. I wanted to help those attending experience some of the things that had helped me through those times – my journal, meditation, visualisation, creativity. We shared some thoughts prompted by my Dare to Blossom Rediscovery Cards and everyone seemed to enjoy making a greetings card to take home with a special message from themselves to remember the day. To describe my feelings in one word: humbling”.

    Read the full article here: cornwall-living-september-edition

    Click here to access September’s edition of Cornwall Living online: Cornwall Living Magazine September 2016

  • Counselling Services

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    The Made for Life Foundation is delighted to announce a new collaboration with Michele Perkins – Michele is offering discounted counselling services to Cornwall Cancer Patients. Please see Michele’s bio below and feel free to contact Michele at your own convenience.

    Michele Perkins – BABCP Accredited CBT Psychotherapist, UKCP & BACP Register, EMDR Practitioner & BABCP Supervisor.
    I am a qualified BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, EMDR Practitioner and Counsellor with 13 years’ experience in both the NHS and private sector. I also offer Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy. I am a qualified Supervisor I work with individuals and couples suffering from Anxiety and Depression across all age groups. I am very flexible and able to work at a time or day that suits the client.

    What I can help with
    Abuse, ADD/ADHD, Addiction(s), Adoption Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety, Asperger Syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Chronic pain ,Child related issues, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Therapy, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, General counselling, Health related issues, Life Coaching, Loss, Mental health issues, OCD, Personal Development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self Esteem, Self-Harm, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

    Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, 2007; Newquay Mind Mental Health Training, 2008; Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, 2009; Certificate in Counselling Studies, 2010; EMDR three-part training, EMDR Europe Association, 2010; Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, 2011; BABCP Supervisor Certificate

    Types of therapy
    Behavioural, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural), Cognitive, EMDR, Person Centred, CFT.

    Clients I work with
    Adults, Children, Couples, Older Adults, Young People

    How I deliver therapy
    Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling. Groups. I practise from home which is in Crantock, near Newquay.

    What made me want to do Made for Life?
    I would like to offer help, guidance and support to Made for Life clients with any issues that they may be experienced. I would like to contribute to such a worthwhile organisation.

    Costs for Made for Life clients

    My hourly rate is £50 as a concession for Made for Life clients I would like to offer 25% discount on this figure.

    Contact Details
    To contact me please call me on 07715 446111 or e mail michele.perkins@live.co.uk.
    If you would like to view my website, please click on the link here: Michele Perkins

    I look forward to hearing from you – Michele

  • CL Aug 2016

    Cornwall Living – August Edition

    Making A Difference

    Inspiring workshops lift spirits and forge lasting friendships, through Made for Life Foundation.

    Made for Life Foundation, a charity set up to help those facing the challenge of cancer, brings people across Cornwall together who are going through similar experiences. It achieves this through a series of regular workshops, encouraging creativity, personal expression and promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

    But the question one might ask is this: “Do these workshops really make a difference?” Thankfully, we can report, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” Take for example the recent nutrition workshop at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre with Becci Gowers.

    To read the full article click here: cornwall-living-august-edition

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    MFL Workshop – Dare to Blossom with Mary Lunnen

    Another wonderful Workshop!

    Held Wednesday, 13 July 2016

    A huge thank you to Mary Lunnen https://www.facebook.com/daretoblossomart for holding a very successful, uplifting Workshop yesterday, only a small group was lucky enough to benefit from Marys talents and life experiences, we look forward to having Mary back in the future so more people can have the opportunity to benefit from her Workshops .

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    Made for Life Foundation devotes itself to encouraging and instilling positivity in those facing cancer, in an environment where experiences can be shared and common ground found in the face of overwhelming adversity. This is achieved through organised workshops, providing an outlet for expression. In one of a number of stimulating events, local artist Julia Rowlands recently donated her time and skills at the Health and Wellbeing Centre, leading a workshop, “Expressive use of colour with oil pastels”.

    To read the full article click here: Express Yourself

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