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BLOG | Westminster visit for YMCA’s Tom

April 19, 2017

AFTER a recent visit to Westminster to promote YMCA’s involvement with the Be Real Campaign, Tom Watson, a young person from our Peaks Lane project, blogged about his experience.

The Be Real campaign aims to change attitudes around body image and put health above appearance, not just in our own lives but in entertainment and advertising.

The campaign is chaired by Mary Glindon MP and coordinated by YMCA.

The Body Image Pledge has support from many industry-leading companies such as Dove and Superdrug and more info, including how you can get involved can be found at www.berealcampaign.co.uk.

As a representative of YMCA, I along with Hannah (McMahon, coach), Toni (Nalder, coach) and Shane was invited to attend an All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting about body confidence at the Houses of Parliament.

On a previous trip to the capital, the hustle and bustle had stayed with me.

People flood the tubes and streets at all hours; the tourists stop at every opportunity, while the locals stop for no one.

It can be quite a daunting experience, even just for sightseeing, but knowing I was heading to the most important building in the country certainly made me nervous.

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