Service helps teens find FAB selves

FAB Teens workshop attendee Alyssa Sherratt and FAB Teens director Theresa Bates.
FAB Teens workshop attendee Alyssa Sherratt and FAB Teens director Theresa Bates.

Last year, local health coach Theresa Bates, together with Como fashion and image stylist Lizelle Hartley, dreamt up Fashionable Amazing Beautiful (FAB) Teens, a health advocate group supporting WA teenagers.

Workshops for girls began in October but demand for male classes soon grew and the first was held last week.

Late last year the pair got the second part of their dream off the ground � a not-for-profit to help the less fortunate access FAB Teen services.

�On a personal level it�s been hard but we�re reaching that point where we can breathe,� Ms Bates said.

�We�ve been working 80 hours a week trying to get everything organised but it�s been really rewarding.

�It�s such a good feeling when you can help people choose the right path for them.

�Sometimes it�s just about pointing the arrow in the right direction.�

Ms Bates said the aim of their not-for-profit group, Inspirational Teens, was to raise money to run more workshops, day camps, school talks, counselling and other things teenagers need.

�FAB Teens and Inspirational Teens will always run co-operatively,� she said.

�We are now working on becoming a go-to point for this in Perth as the organisations that have government funding for this seem to forget Perth exists or it�s too far to come.�

Atwell teenager Alyssa Sherratt is one of those who have taken part in the workshops. The 15-year-old said she was encouraged by her mum to take part, a decision she�s glad to have made.

�The workshops have helped me have a more positive outlook on life and also have helped with my self esteem,� she said.

�I encourage many people to take part or think about taking part in the workshops as it would help with their own issues they too might be facing.�

For information, visit www.fabteens.com.au.