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.
The Workshop was Like no other I have attended!
Sharon made it so easy to be comfortable among strangers.
I found myself relating to Sharon’s story and thinking – she is true inspiration! The journal is something I will cherish. I have gone back over it several times. The journal is designed for those who like good old fashioned writing or the more electronically inclined. I have not only been completing the sections, but spending time digging deep and going to some hard places. Oh so powerful when you reach the other side.
It was such an overwhelming feeling of comfort to know that Sharon isn’t one of the inspirational teachers out there, who promise to be with you every step of the journey. She REALLY is there!
‘Bubbles’ is forever etched in my memory!
I thoroughly enjoyed!
I thoroughly enjoyed the course! I found it very helpful and felt completely supported throughout.
It has been everything I wanted and a whole lot more!
I have been inspired and in awe by the Power of You Workshop.
It has been everything I wanted and a whole lot more. I have made lots of lovely connections with like-minded people. I have learnt so much by attending the workshops and It has made me think about the choices we make in life and how we can turn these around within our healing journey. It has also been good to share memories and experiences with people within the workshop. It has been a real learning curve and given me the confidence within myself to achieve more in my life and my spiritual journey.
‘The Power of YOU’ Reconnected Me to My Strength & Resilience
The Power of you came at a time I was struggling.
Working from home meant I was not getting the contact I needed. The conversations based on Sharon’s questions reconnected me to my strength and resilience that isolation had diminished.
Thank you Sharon, it was a pleasure to meet you online!
The Power of YOU Workshops introduce attendees to a gentle insight into mental health and well-being.
With inspirational ideas and thought provoking verse, Sharon has a deep understanding of how empowering positive mental health impacts upon others.
Thank You So Much for The Power of YOU Workshops!
For me personally it was a space to connect with others and have the chance to reflect on myself and to have a really positive focus
Thank you so much for the Power of You workshops! It was lovely to meet others and have the chance to connect. Sharon facilitated it so well to give everyone chance to have a voice. I really enjoyed going through the journal, step by step with really carefully structured guidance and of course the inspirational poems. For me personally it was a space to connect with others and have the chance to reflect on myself and to have a really positive focus.
The Exercises Were Really Beneficial To Me
The journal was beautiful to look at and thoughtfully designed to take you on a journey of self awareness and growth.
I recently completed the Power of YOU course which comprised of three online group sessions and an online journal. The journal was beautiful to look at and thoughtfully designed to take you on a journey of self awareness and growth. I really enjoyed the live sessions and getting to know Sharon and the other women better. The exercises were really beneficial to me and it was very special to go on that learning journey with the support and encouragement of the other women.
I FOUND THE JOURNAL A VERY GOOD TOOL
I have just finished the Power of you third workshop. Sharon Bull is an excellent host and motivational speaker.
I enjoyed meeting the rest of the group at the workshop. The journal I found very good tool and is excellently put together and really makes you think & address your thoughts. I am looking forward to reading Stripped Bare and more of Sharon’s work.
A LEAP OF FAITH
Covid 19 has been a trying time for all of us, entering a period of uncertainty in all levels of society.
For a woman in my mid 50’s, who chose to resign from a full-time salaried post during this time, it has been a leap of faith. Sharon’s excellently delivered workshops, delivered to women in a similar situation to myself, has made me not only re-evaluate my life but also drawing on the things that are important to me.
Working through the interactive journal to reflect on what was discussed on-line, has helped to support learning and given a better understanding about our ‘true self’. This is unique to us and Sharon has allowed the group additional support with the social media pages and ongoing support.
Thank you Sharon, I feel that I can dig deep and drawn upon my own personal tool kit to help me cope positively in the next chapter of my life.
WRITING DOWN MY THOUGHTS WAS VERY CATHARTIC
I was fortunate for this to come into my life during a difficult time, giving me a much needed positive focus.
Over the past few weeks I took the opportunity to join the Power of You Workshop and complete the journal.
I was fortunate for this to come into my life during a difficult time, giving me a much needed positive focus. I love the way the journal was set out with the prompts, poetry and art work, the interactive zoom sessions help support you through with extra guidance, shared with like minded people so you don’t feel on your own. I found being able to write down my thoughts very cathartic, as parts of the journal were thought provoking, and allowed me the opportunity with compassion to be able to release anything that no longer served me, which had been a valuable part of my healing process.
I also received a copy of Stripped Bare in the post which I’ve read and been inspired by this week. I want to thank Sharon (ACV) for sharing her story and putting the workshop/journal together, as it’s not only taught me a few things it’s also reminded me of some I’d forgotten. I’ll definitely take away the ‘bubbles’ technique. I look forward to keeping in-touch and reaching out to make some new friends within the Facebook support group. Thank you.
A COMPLETE GAME CHANGER.
I would wholeheartedly recommend the workshop to anyone who needs a safe, non judgemental environment in which to get their lives back on the right track.
I have just completed the Power Of You workshop and interactive journal and i have to say that it is a complete game changer. It came at a time in my life when I needed it most, as these things often do. My mental health was suffering and my life was a mess. The workshop and Sharon’s warm and positive guidance allowed me to take a step back, and slowly start to untangle all the issues that have been dragging me down, and for the first time in years I am looking forward to the future. I could never thank her enough. I would wholeheartedly recommend the workshop to anyone who needs a safe, non judgemental environment in which to get their lives back on the right track.
I FEEL SO POSITIVE ABOUT THE FUTURE
Sharon is so supportive, welcoming, listens without judgement and has really been so inspirational to me
I have just completed the Power of You Workshop and wanted to share my experience. I found the journal so useful, as it gave me a real focus and really helped me organise my thoughts. The notes and poems in the journal really inspired me to write freely and allow my thoughts to flow. The group sessions were fantastic – even on zoom the time flies by so quickly and it’s lovely to be able to connect with others in the group and hear their thoughts and ideas, and to touch base in between journal exercises.
Sharon is so supportive, welcoming, listens without judgement and has really been so inspirational to me. When I first discovered Stripped Bare almost a year ago, I had been through a huge turning point in my life and was amazed to read about Sharon’s experience. It gave me hope that change was possible, and for the better! The workshop has made me feel so positive about the future and I love that I am now part of the group. The support from everyone is amazing and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together
I ALREADY FEEL SO MUCH BETTER.
I’ve just finished the power of you workshop with Sharon and I wanted to share my thoughts with those starting it and even those who have finished it also.
I already feel so much better. Everyday I am getting more confident and learning to love myself more and seek what I actually deserve instead of what makes others happy. Something I’ve always had trouble with.
I’m adding to my journal still and reading back on it really helps me remember how far I’ve come…. Amazing the difference in me. All my friends and family have noticed. Only a few months ago, I was in a very dark place and although I still have work to do on myself, I’m so proud of where I am now. Not only that but the support from others in the Power of YOU Facebook group and the friends I’ve made has been truly amazing. Thank you to you all but especially Sharon, you really are an amazing inspiration lady
AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE
Working through ‘The Power of YOU’ interactive journal has been an amazing experience.
It has inspired and motivated me to make positive changes in my life and I couldn’t have done it without Sharon by my side. It has been one of the most liberating journeys of my life so far… Much Love and Gratitude Karin x
I REALLY WOULD RECOMMEND ‘THE POWER OF YOU.’
Being able to do this has 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.
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.