“I have seen better faces in my time”

About Us

Better Faces in my Time is a youth-led community project founded by Eleanor Beckett in August 2020. Katie Jones and Jennie Earp teamed up with Eleanor to begin to build a conversation around mental well-being in their community. They are volunteers working in partnership with the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum and funded by Peace First.

Read the Better Faces in my Time mission statement below and find out more about the young team leading the way.

 
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Our Mission

Brightening the darker days of lockdown

Despite the increase in the amount of time we are all spending at home, many of us are struggling with mental health. Pressures and anxieties are all on our minds as we navigate the unknowns of moving forward and learn to cope with isolation, claustrophobia and fears of the virus itself. 


Mental health is an issue that is often discussed but still one where progress moves too slowly. People reach crisis point before receiving help.  


In our community, many people are aware of mental health and emotional well-being but only as abstract things that happen to others. We hope to reduce the stigma around mental health and increase understanding of triggers, strains, and healthy ways to deal with relationships, with others, but mostly with our own well-being.


As a community, we can come together to support everyone. 


We believe creativity and art are essential for both bringing people together. Just as importantly, it's a form of meditation and an escape from the world and our thoughts. We aim to provide creative activities that are accessible and open to all abilities so as to support and raise awareness of our community’s mental well-being. 

 

Our Team

Eleanor

Eleanor
Beckett

Founder and
coordinator

(she/her)

"I want to bring a little 

light-heartedness to the topic of

well-being and activism to make it more

accesible by listening and supporting."

 
Eleanor

Eleanor

Although she simultaneously feels 7 and 77 years old, Eleanor is 20 and also from Warwick, but currently studying English and History in York. This does mean that she spends most of her time attending zoom meeting marathons, be that team meetings for Better Faces, or working with youth projects and societies, and sometimes even working on her degree. She is hugely passionate about the power of young people to make a difference in their community, getting their voices heard but, more vitally, handing them the reigns to make a difference. Mental well-being is such a pressing topic and one she is so excited to be talking and learning about, examining how we can really instil the best habits to get us through uncertainty.

 
Katie

Katie

Katie is a 20 year old graphic design student at Leamington Spa college. She joined Better Faces in my Time during lockdown, to get closer to her community and because she loves being creative. She hopes that her love of the arts can inspire others and help others along their journeys in the same way that many creatives have inspired her and impacted her being too. In everything she does, professional or personal work, she wants to communicate a message. One that will hopefully inspire others to be creative and find happiness and meaning in their life, especially in the tough, isolated times we are living in now. She uses creativity to express herself and meditate, finding peace in drawing, painting and creating.

 
Jennie

Jennie

Jennie is a modern languages student in her second year of university. Like Katie, she joined Better Faces in my Time to share her love of art and creativity in the hopes it could help others to find solace during lockdown. She wants to encourage everyone to express whatever weird, wacky and wonderful ideas that pop into their heads! She believes art can give us something tangible to focus on in order to break through the sense of limbo created by isolation. Jennie loves making all sorts of things, from traditional art in pencil and paints, to clothes, accessories, and overly ambitious cakes!

 
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Jonathan

Jonathan hopes his personal experience with mental health and overall wellbeing can prove valuable with helping and supporting everybody who needs us: “it’s good to talk mental health”.

 
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Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a fierce Mental Health advocate and wellbeing mentor. She is passionate about increasing community happiness through improving awareness and understanding. She encourages self-care techniques that help people to ‘let go of perfect’, embrace difference and have honest conversations about their feelings. Elizabeth works with a local university to promote positive wellbeing practice and in her spare time she volunteers for mental health charity ‘Shout’. Her dog, Meg, would also like to be mentioned here, as she always provides Elizabeth and her family with cuddles... and often tries to share her biscuits with anyone looking a bit sad!