STEM4 turns four!
Last night, STEM4 celebrated their fourth birthday at the student-run Taste Restaurant, at South Thames College. WSM were kindly invited to celebrate this occasion with them, as WSM supported the Merton-based charity throughout 2014. The drinks last night were an opportunity to learn more about the work STEM4 have been up to, and what their plan is going forward, as well as a thank you to those who have helped shape and form the charity from the start.
Following a delicious selection of canapés and some bubbles, Nihara spoke to the audience about their many successes. The charity have experienced an incredibly positive response to their in-school programmes, where workshops are provided for students and parents; as well as attending school conferences and working with teachers and school nurses to raise awareness of the issues so that they can be early identified. In 2015, they have even introduced a free self harm app, called Calm Harm, which provides information and support that students need easily and privately.
Sofia, a 16 year old student, had travelled all the way from Nuneaton, to talk about how she discovered the charity and why it was important to her. She was incredibly inspiring and had managed to raise over £2,000 through non uniform days and bake sales, and working with STEM4 had motivated her now to go and study medicine.
For more information on STEM4 and what they do, visit their website, www.stem4.org.uk.