Sophie Cook Talks

Not today : How I chose life

Education

Background

Mental health problems are a growing problem within our schools, with bullying, stress due to over testing, body image and social media all adding to the issue.

  • About 70% of 11-16 year olds have experienced negative feelings in the past year, ranging from feeling upset and unhappy, to feeling anxious, frightened or unsafe.
  • Almost three-quarters (73%) of teachers would often or occasionally worry about a particular pupil’s wellbeing in their free time.
  • Over a third had not had any training on how to deal with pupils’ mental health issues.
  • There were over 24,000 Childline counselling sessions with children about bullying in 2016/17.
  • Over half of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people have experienced homophobic bullying at school.
  • More than 16,000 young people are absent from school due to bullying.

Proposal

Sophie Cook is a much respected inspirational speaker. Using her life story, including coming out as transgender in Premier League football, surviving PTSD, self harming and suicide after saving a colleagues life following an explosion whilst in the RAF and standing in the General Election she engages the audience and shows them how life experience can shape who you are.

Speaking about overcoming fear, accepting change, turning vulnerability into strength, being true to and learning to love yourself she inspires people to speak out, embrace diversity and help others.

Objectives

The objectives of the programme are:

  • Mental health awareness
  • Show the effects of bullying
  • LGBT awareness
  • Promote the value of diversity
  • Inspire people to be who they are

Sophie Cook bio

Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate, TV Presenter, writer, speaker, photographer, self harm and suicide survivor… and transgender.

Sophie Cook is a media personality, politician and speaker whose wide portfolio of work includes presenting, producing, writing and photography.

In early 2017, Sophie’s amazing story was spotlighted in a number of national newspapers and broadcasts, most notably the BBC’s primetime Premier League Show. She received an outpouring of support after its airing, with presenter Gabby Logan poignantly tweeting ‘I am Sophie’ in recognition of this ground-breaking segment of the show.

Sophie is an in-demand public speaker, delivering keynote talks on change, fear, vulnerability, diversity, mental health and LGBT workshops for high profile organisations such as JP Morgan, Virgin Media, Asda and Stonewall.

The 1st trans woman to work in the Premier League as club photographer for AFC Bournemouth, she is an ambassador for Kick It Out and patron of Just A Ball Game? and has spoken at Wembley Stadium and the TUC.

As news anchor for Brighton’s Latest TV Sophie became the first trans newscaster in Europe and has presented a popular chat show and current affairs shows as well as heading the UK’s first terrestrial LGBT TV channel.

In April 2017 she was selected by the Labour Party to contest the East Worthing and Shoreham seat, increasing the Labour vote by 114% and narrowly missing out on becoming the UK’s first transgender MP, for now.

Funding

We believe that these resources should be available to as wide an audience as possible and therefore feel that the ability to pay should not be a barrier to access.

By operating a variable fee structure, organisations with a greater ability to pay would help to subsidise the work for those with less funds. This would allow us to offer the sessions to schools that have struggled with funding cuts to access the service for free or at most a nominal fee to cover expenses.

To fund the setup and operation of the programme we are looking to raise funds through crowdfunding to cover the production of resources and delivery expenses.

Contact

For further details please contact Sophie Cook online at:
sophiecooktalks@gmail.com or call 07504 994197