ACV Foundation CIC was registered as a not for profit organisation in July 2019
( registration no 12079728)
ACV Foundation CIC’s mission is to support the vulnerable within the community. The charitable organisation’s aim is to help create a kinder and more compassionate society. This could be in the way of parties for disadvantaged children, or events for the homeless and families living in poverty.
Good mental health and a better understanding of each other is also vital for a better world. We will raise awareness to mental illness, as well as host talks, workshops and group activities for people struggling with mental health issues and suffering with low self esteem.
Compassion towards animals and the welfare of the planet is also of paramount importance to ACV Foundation CIC. Therefore, we pledge to make sure that to the best of our ability all ACV hosted events are ethical.
Achieved so far
Since July 2019, with the help of a small group of volunteers, ACV Foundation CIC has already successfully organised and hosted two parties for vulnerable children in the Derbyshire community. The first being a Halloween party that took place on Saturday October 26th 2019, and the second a Christmas party on Saturday 21st December 2019. Both held at Loundsley Green Community Centre, over 30 children with a parent or carer attended each of the parties. The local business community were eager to help, swiftly donating Halloween outfits, spooky tableware/accessories, toys for Santa and sweets.
A huge thank you to everyone who supported ACV’s parties in 2019, in particular Tesco, Swizzels and Peak Fm Radio. Our 2020 parties are already booked and we very much hope to receive your kind support and generosity once again.
Foundation Derbyshire funded workshops
We received our first funding award in October 2019 from Foundation Derbyshire’s PCC Community Investment Fund. This money will be used to run a free well-being and empowerment 6-week workshop in the early spring 2020. Called The Power of YOU the sessions will take place at Derby Women’s Centre and will benefit 18 women who are struggling with mental health issues and low self esteem.
IT’S BEEN A GAME CHANGER FOR ME!
A couple of weeks ago I completed the Power of You Course. I attended the first two face to face sessions and the remainder online with Sharon. An extra session booked to make sure I was okay.
Being able to do this has been a game changer for me, as I have finally had the confidence to change a few things that will make my working life better. I couldn’t have done it without this course and the support from Sharon. I still have work to do on my self esteem and lack of confidence issues but I will keep using the journal to address these. I really would recommend The Power of You.
Thanks Sharon for all your support and encouragement.
SHARON IS SO INSPIRING
The power of you workshop has made me realise how far I have come on my own personal journey and having to cope with my own poor mental health. Sharon is so inspiring.
THE POWER OF YOU JOURNAL IS POWERFUL!
I would recommend this to every woman to complete at what ever point they are in life.
The power of you journal is really powerful! Overall visually it is lovely with the pictures and easy to read with the inspirational quotes.
As I worked through the journal I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sharon’s story, which was very inspiring. It made me think and reflect on my experiences. This is the best journal I have come across especially as it is interactive. I would recommend this to every woman to complete at what ever point they are in life. I have been part of Sharon’s group sessions which have been really supportive and have complimented completing the journal. The whole package of group sessions and the journal to work through is amazing. Thank you Sharon for sharing your experiences and inspiring me.
THE JOURNAL GUIDED ME THROUGH THESE TESTING TIMES
When I began “The Power Of You” workshop I was struggling with low self esteem, depression and anxiety.
THE ONLINE JOURNAL IS BEAUTIFUL
I initially attended the first two of Sharon’s Power of You workshop sessions at Derby Women’s Centre,
and then continued online via Zoom due to the Covid 19 lock-down.
I found Sharon to be very welcoming and down to earth, which immediately put everyone in the group at ease. Throughout she has been very approachable, compassionate, and empathetic. She has delivered the workshops well, both in person and online.
The online journal is absolutely beautiful, and I really enjoyed working my way through it. It has certainly helped me gain more insight, self-awareness and has improved my mental health considerably. I now have a better understanding of myself and have some practical steps to enable me to move forward in a more positive way.
Sharon’s commitment as she guided us through the program, sharing her knowledge, experience, and refreshing sense of humour, has been second to none. I highly recommend the Power of You to anyone struggling with, or wanting to improve, their mental health.
THIS IS NOT THE END, BUT JUST THE BEGINNING
I’ve absolutely loved working through the ‘Power of You Journal’ with Sharon.
Even before I opened it, I felt better. Content is good and inspiring with a range of useful articles and beautiful poetry written by Sharon herself.
Despite being nervous, I was excited at the same time. For years I’ve carried negative emotion around with me that has held me back, yet through our one- to-one sessions I have learnt that through healing I can let go of a little bit more here and there! It has taught me how to choose my own directions, grow as a person, set goals, achieve them, and celebrate!
I’m so grateful to Sharon to have shared her journey with me. Here’s to unlimited happiness, this is not the end, but just the beginning!
I really enjoyed The Power Of You programme,
it has sustained me through an uncertain period and encouraged me to think about my goals and how my past is still affecting my aspirations and dreams, even from childhood. I’ve been given healthy coping strategies and simple but effective ways of banishing negative thoughts and feelings.
Sharon’s honesty and humour is refreshing, she is an authentic facilitator and this is the unique aspect of this programme, she has lived it and is coming from a place of wanting to uplift and encourage others after rising from her own personal hardships. I’ve been encouraged to engage with others and benefited from the online growing community Sharon is cultivating.
I would encourage others to sign up for this unique opportunity to put yourself first and think about what you can do, instead of what you can’t. Most of all don’t forget to shout ‘Bubbles’.
I have recently attended ‘The Power of You’ workshop written, presented and run by Sharon Bull of the ACV Foundation CIC
Inspiring, thought provoking and life changing, this workshop could not have come at a better time. Sharon told her story over a number of weeks (6 in total + an extra session to check how we were coping with the current COVID19 situation) while taking us through the different stages of a journal where we could record our own thoughts, feelings and emotions. Adding humour, her brilliant personality, poetry, and Diane (during the first two sessions) making us lovely cups of coffee and nibbles for lunch this workshop is a must.
Through various exercises in the journal I have been able to face challenging events from my past and let go of some of the baggage I have been carrying around for years. Some parts of the journal,
I found difficult to face at first like ‘Reveal and Heal’ which got me to face my past mistakes to help me move on and start rebuilding my life.
I have very low self-esteem and confidence which is the next issue I want to address, and I plan on using the journal to help me with this. Sharon is passionate about what she does, and she knows her stuff.
It has been a pleasure attending this workshop both in person and online and getting to know both Sharon and Diane. Thank you so much for your support and helping me see I can enjoy life and not
just exist. At the moment I feel FANTASTIQUE!
As the founder of ACV Foundation CIC, I would like to share with you some of my fundraising history
In November 1999, I organised my first ever charity event, raising funds for the NSPCC. Glenn Tilbrook, lead singer from the band Squeeze agreed to do a solo acoustic gig in between the band’s tour dates supporting Blondie. Together, we raised a significant amount of money for the children’s charity.
The Kevin Bull Memorial Golf Day 2006
Shortly after my father’s death in 2003 more fundraising events followed. The decision was two-fold. To help me overcome the pain of losing him and to follow in his footsteps by raising money for worthy causes. And so, with the help of volunteers on the 12th May 2005, we held the first of two very successful celebrity golf days raising over £8,000 for the NSPCC. The second of the two held in 2006 in memory of my dad.
After the success of the golf days, once again with the help of volunteers, I organised another three events, raising a grand total of £20,000 for disadvantaged children.