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Fundraising, Volunteers needed & a new research project
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Update: we now have weekly zoom BDD Support groups every Monday evening from 6.30-8pm. To register please email: kitty@bddfoundation.org

2.6 Challenge, Volunteer initiative and a BDD research project looking for participants

Take on the Two Point Six Challenge!! 

We’re excited to share with you the new nationwide fundraising campaign, the #TwoPointSixChallenge!

With many fundraising events being postponed, whilst we are still hopeful these events will go ahead at a later date, charities across the country have been left struggling to maintain their services, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Within the BDD Community we have seen a huge increase in the number of people reaching out for support.

The UK’s event industry has come together with Justgiving and Virgin Money Giving to create The 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide fundraising campaign launched in response to COVID-19 to Save the UK's Charities.

Be a Home Hero

From Sunday 26th April 2020 (the day the 40th edition of the London Marathon would have taken place), take on a challenge of your choice relating to the number 26 or 2.6. No need to be a marathon runner to take part – this is a challenge for all ages and abilities. You can be as creative as you like!  Create a Justgiving or Virgin Money Giving page and select us as your charity of choice - then please get sponsorship from friends and family! Why not consider taking on something that challenges your BDD!!

Here are some fun ideas:

  • 26 laps around your block
  • a 2.6 mile run
  • 26 minutes of yoga
  • 26 backflips  
  • holding the plank for 2.6 minutes
  • 26 press ups with your dog on your back
  • run up and down the stairs 26 times

Think outside the box and choose a challenge to help the BDD Foundation through this difficult period.

Get in touch

We'd love to hear what challenges you get up to. Please let us know about your #TwoPointSixChallenge and email fundraising@bddfoundation.org for advice and support.

Donate
Round 3 of our very successful Structured Support Groups is coming up - we are looking for volunteers to help us with this.

We have successfully run two iterations of the Structured Support Group (SSG) project, where Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for BDD (CBT-BDD) was adapted into a ‘group therapy’ context, with the added quality of being facilitated by people who were both experts-by-experience and experts-by-training.

Outcomes from both the groups – which ran firstly via a face-to-face group and then via an online group – were wholly positive, with participants experiencing both a decrease in scores on the Appearance Anxiety Inventory as well as an improved overall quality of life.

For the third iteration, we are looking at increasing our volunteer base so that we can run multiple online groups at the same time. 

About the role:
We are looking for 2 volunteers to co-facilitate the online sessions. The time commitment would be 2 hours per week, for 4 months, plus a training day before the role commences. 

We invite applications from people with lived-experience of BDD, as well as people who have trained in the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, who have skills in group facilitation or peer-support.

For further information, please hannah@bddfoundation.org  

How to apply
Please submit your CV and a personal statement which highlights the following:
•    Why you would like to apply for this position 
•    Your relevant experience (either as an expert-by-experience, an expert-by-training or both)
•    What relevant skills and qualities you have
Please submit your CV and personal statement to hannah@bddfoundation.org  no later than 5pm 3rd May 2020.
 

 

Online Study – Seeking individuals who are very concerned about their looks 

  • Do you hate the way you look?
  • Are you 18 years old or older?
  • Have you asked someone for reassurance about something in the past month?
If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study (titled Reassurance Seeking in Individuals With and Without Appearance Concerns) looking at differences in reassurance seeking between people who have significant appearance concerns and people who do not.

WHERE: Remotely
HOW:
  • Completion of a 30-minute videoconference interview to determine your eligibility
  • Completion of a brief interview and questionnaires over videoconference
  • Completion of short daily diaries for 1 week
  • Completion of a short teleconference interview about your reassurance seeking

If you are eligible, you can receive $30 CAD (via e-transfer or e-gift card) for your participation.

If you are interested, please contact Olivia at reassurance@ryerson.ca

This study has been approved by the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board (REB 2019-365)

 

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