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National Liedentity Conference

February 20, 9:00 am

Who you are is more than how you look.

Liedentity Conference: Tuesday 20 February 2018, Gloucester Rugby Club, 10.30am to 4pm.

This free one day conference will be an opportunity to learn more about body image anxiety in children and young people and discover how we can play an active role to promote confidence in the young people with whom we engage.


Dr Phillippa Diedrichs, Associate Professor, Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England

Up to two thirds of young people are unhappy with their bodies and appearance. Body image concerns impact key areas of young people’s lives, including their health, relationships, and their education aspirations and achievement.  Academic research has investigated the causes, consequences and most effectiveness strategies for improving body image for over two decades. This presentation will provide a brief snapshot of this research. Derived from the evidence-base, it will also provide practical tips and signpost effective school and community-based programs to support young people to develop body acceptance and confidence.

Liam Preston, Press and Public Affairs Manager, Policy, Research, Communications and International Department, YMCA

  • Last year’s research into body confidence among 11-16 year olds
  • How we are working with schools – The Body confidence campaign toolkit for schools
  • How we are working with industry to tackle the problem – The Be Real Body Image Pledge
  • Our brand new research into body confidence and bullying – this will be hot off the press as we are only launching it the previous month.

Mo Baldwin, Church Partnerships Communications ManagerChildren’s Society 

Mo will cover the findings of this year’s Good Childhood Report. She will  look at multiple disadvantage, and the ways mounting issues affect the well-being of young people. The findings of this year’s report also touch on gender differences in relation to well-being and the impact of social media on young people.




Reflecting on Christian theology. Bishop Rachel will lead a session exploring the Christian theology behind her liedentity campaign. Run by Bishop Rachel

Be Real Campaign

The Be Real workshop will introduce the YMCA Body Confidence Campaign Toolkit for Schools, exploring its features and how schools have been adopting it so far. It will also discuss the wider activities of the Be Real campaign, how people can practically support Be Real and any opportunities to collaborate with other organisations. Run by Liam Preston, Press and Public Affairs Manager, YMCA

How can you make a difference in your local area?

This workshop aims to encourage, inspire and provide practical ideas for ways of working to combat low self-esteem issues in girls and boys, helping to restore their self-worth and release their potential. Run by Kerstin Friend who is the Co-founder and Director of Flourish, a charity set up to work in their local community, helping girls understand their true value and identity through one-to-one mentoring and group programmes.


To attend the conference, please book here

To view the invitation, learn more about the key speakers and find out location details, please read our liedentity invitation

For any more information please contact Lucy Taylor on


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February 20
9:00 am

"I have come that they may have LIFE, and have it to the full." ~ John 10:10