Posts in Social Enterprise
Team BearHugs Get Together 2019

Last month something very exciting happened! You may know if you’ve been following BearHugs for a while that our team is spread far and wide across the country with some of our lovely bears working remotely from home. On 7th August, we got to meet for some face to face time and it was really very special.

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Our Visit to No. 10 Downing Street for a Disability Confident Roundtable

Have you ever had one of those ‘pinch yourself’ moments, where you ask ‘Did that really happen?’ - well Faye (our lovely Chief Sender of Hugs) and I experienced just that, after attending a meeting at 10 Downing Street last November!

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Accessible Working Opportunities for People Living With Chronic Illness

As you may know if you've read our story, our Chief Sender of Hugs, Faye, launched BearHugs after falling ill in her early twenties. Originally diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome /M.E. and later with Lyme disease, Faye found that although able to work in some capacity, she wasn't able to find employment that was a good fit due to the fluctuating nature of her condition.

Faye is now incredibly passionate about:

  • offering flexible, accessible, remote opportunities for people who find themselves in similar shoes
  • encouraging other employers to consider accessibility for people with chronic, often "invisible", health conditions
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The Sophia Box

On a difficult day several years ago, the postman knocked on my front door with a package.  I wasn't expecting anything so I was surprised when I saw it had my name on.

I took the package back to my bed, which I hadn't been able to leave for the past month, and started to open it.

I pulled out a pretty box and was intrigued to hear it rattle with things inside.

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