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…THE LILY-JO PROJECT!!!! So stoked to announce that we won the Premier digital award 2016 for ‘best use of digital media in youth work’ over the weekend. It was so unexpected as we were up against some amazing resources, yet very happily received! Over all the categories their were eight hundred applicants, so to have got this far is such a massive achievement. Take a look at the video below to witness the winning moment. I got to make a one minute speech where I managed to remember to thank Pete Wall who designed the site from Light but I missed out loads of people who have been instrumental in making this site the brilliant resource that it is.

This award represents the many people listed below, Thank you with ALL my heart to:

God for the inspiration and hearts desire to build a site that connects the dots between my music and my counselling.

My mum, Babs Bray and her husband, for financially supporting the project on a monthly basis.

Dave Fidler my sole mate who fortunately happens to be my husband, for emotional and financial support.

Marijke, Beatrice and everyone at Seedbed, who have sown financially into getting this site off the ground.

Ems Hancock for proof reading the site, making sure it reads well, and also mentoring me through the last year.

Lindz and Nathan at LIGHT who believed in me and my vision for the site and released Pete to create the resource.

Julie Kirkpatrick who is so passionate about the site (and my music) and faithfully tweets about it everyday to raise awareness.
All at Hope Citadel Healthcare, especially CEO Laura Nielson who believed in me and my abilities as a counsellor in the very first place.

Sue Crookes, for her supervision over my counselling over the past six years, and for her expert advice all across the site. All of the brave individuals who have volunteered their time to feature on the website and share their story publicly. I commend you.

My IVY church family who have welcomed us and loved on us from the start.

All my family and friends who have encouraged me and supported me through words, texts, cards, and shares on social media.

Dylan and Nico, my children and my world, who share me so gracefully with my work, and are so proud of me, I love you two with all that I am and I am so proud of you both and the kind, compassionate young people who you are becoming.

Autumn, who looks after our children and is the rock for them, when we can’t be.

Last but not least, thank you to each person who has clicked on to the site since its launch. I hope you have found the content helpful and that it has kick started your journey to recovery, and helped you feel like you are not alone, that help is available, and that you are worthy.

There is no way i could have fitted all of that into one minute!!! Thank you to Premier and the judges for this award. I am so encouraged.

Onwards and upwards,

With Love,

Lily-Jo x

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