Lifeskills – Life Changes 2

Monday, 25th September, saw the launch of Life Changes 2, Loss, Change & Bereavement for the 11 to 16 year old, this is the latest product to be developed by the Trustees of Lions Lifeskills.

The launch, which was hosted by James Cleverly MP, President of the Palace of Westminster Lions Club, took place at Portcullis House, Westminster, in the presence of our Patron, HRH Countess of Wessex.

PID Phil Nathan MBE, Chair, Lifeksills Trustees, welcomed her Royal Highness and, in a short address, thanked all those who had contributed to the funding, development and launch of Life Changes 2.

Her Royal Highness made a point of conversing with each person who had been involved and her continuing support and encouragement is greatly appreciated.

Life Changes has been three years in preparation and is the, often requested, companion volume to Life Changes, written for the primary school child and which has been very successful in its own right.

The text of Life Changes 2 was written by Dr Erica Brown, Senior Research Fellow
Coventry University and adapted for use in the classroom by Mr Martin Buczkiewicz, an Health & Wellbeing Consultant.

Once the work was in draft ‘classroom ready’ format it was trialed in a number of schools, evaluated and feedback given to enable adjustments to be made. Following those adjustments it was returned to schools for further trials and final evaluation. At the final draft stage it is proof read before being typeset and printed.

The Stock Exchange Veterans Charity Association have generously provided £7,000 to enable a copy of either Life Changes or Life Changes 2 to be donated to each primary and secondary school in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, scene of the tragic Grenfell Tower disaster and three representatives were invited to attend to show our appreciation for their generosity.

Leo Chanel Vigille, representing Fairlop Leo Club was also present. Fairlop Leo Club raised funds to provide children affected by the Grenfell Tower Disaster with back packs that were filled with school materials to replace items lost in the disaster .The Lifeskills Trustees felt it appropriate that they should be represented in view of their contribution.

The Trustees were very pleased that Gina Miller Founder & Chair, True & Fair Foundation together with her husband Alan, sponsors of the last product to be launched, the very successful ‘Up in Smoke’ were able to attend.

Guests at the Launch, promoted by the Lifeskills Trustees, also included Council Chair Balvinder Sokhi MBE, serving District Governors, Trustees of the MD105 Foundation who made available funding for the development of Life Changes 2, District Lifeskills Officers, educationalists, representatives from our partner organizations, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, the London Mayors’ Office, Healthy Schools London and a Somerset based firm of funeral directors who use Life Changes when there are children involved.

From comments made on the day and feedback received subsequently the Launch was an undoubted success. The Trustees wish to thank Lion Mandy Broadbent, the Communications manager, for her hard work in making the necessary arrangements and arranging for a display. District Governor Ian Snell, 105SW, a professional photographer, attended to take the official photographs and we appreciate the quality of the images he has provided.

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