Calling all Movers and Shakers! Festival Fundraiser returns

Exciting news today that a festival fundraiser which raised over £1k for our Dorset Social Inclusion Service is set to return for an early summer event.

‘Gimme Shelter’ is an event organised by YOU’s very own Martin Saint. Martin works in Dorset as an Accommodation Finder for the service, known as Your Journey. All proceeds from this fabulous festival will go towards the work of the service.

The Dorset Social Inclusion Service provides a co-ordinated, comprehensive and flexible package of support for people who are of no fixed abode, sofa surfing or in temporary accommodation, and for rough sleepers. This includes working with partners to identify and make contact with people sleeping out as well as with those who have substance misuse issues, mental health issues and/or a history of offending. Each client, no matter what their circumstances or where they live, is matched with a named Community Navigator who works in equal partnership with them, recognising their skills and strengths, planning how their outcomes are to be met.

The festival was extremely well received last time round, and Martin is confident the bands he’s secured for this year’s line up will guarantee another great event. Of the line up he says ‘we have outdone ourselves securing bands this time as we have Dorset’s biggest dub-reggae band headline in the absolutely fantastic Cuba Libre. We also have the West Country’s answer to the White Strips, Jawbone, in the house; if you like your rock ‘n’ roll, this is not t be missed’.

The festival is also looking to showcase bands from local schools during the afternoon slot. It’s set to be a great community event with hopes of raising even more money for the valuable service.

‘Everybody of any age is welcome and as ever, all donations for food and clothes are welcome,’ Martin says, ‘ all funds will be going to the Dorset Social Inclusion Service to help clients with difficulties with their housing’.

Tickets will be available on the door at a bargain of £3 each.

 

 

 

National Stalking Awareness Week

This week 24th – 28th April is National Stalking Awareness Week. According to a 2006 survey (British Crime Survey) at least 5 million people are stalked each year, but this is likely to be a much higher figure as only 1% of stalking cases are recorded by police (National Stalking Consortium, 2016).

National Stalking Advocacy Service, Paladin, discovered during its 2016 service evaluation that 70% of its clients were female, and 68% of cases were related to domestic violence. You First is the YOU Domestic Violence and Abuse service supporting people daily who are experiencing the realities of stalking. Following on from partnership work with the Police and Crime Commissioner in Dorset, You First are pleased to announce they were successful in the application for a share in the Tampon Tax. They have received funding to further develop and deliver an innovative and specialist service for those experiencing stalking.

The service will be targeted specifically at people who are either engaged with, or experiencing stalking across all different types of stalking and involves working in close partnership with the police, probation, health and other specialist support.

Paladin are hosting a national stalking conference in June. YOU’s Head of Domestic Violence and Abuse, and Manager of Dorset You First will both be attending in order to help form best practice at the new clinic. Statistics from crime surveys reveal that most people don’t report stalking incidents to the police and are not sure how to get help. We’re excited to be part of the wider conversation providing solutions to this crime affecting so many peoples’ lives in secret.

Follow National Stalking Awareness Week on social media through the hashtag #StalkingMatters or #NSWA17

What is Stalking?

Defined by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust:

‘It is hard to give an exact definition of stalking because stalkers will often use multiple and differing methods to harass their victims. Stalking can consist of any type of behaviour such as regularly sending flowers or gifts, making unwanted or malicious communication, damaging property and physical or sexual assault. If the behaviour is persistent and clearly unwanted, causing you fear, distress or anxiety then it is stalking and you should not have to live with it.’ 

Sex and Relationships Education to be Mandatory in All England Schools

The government has announced that Sex and Relationships Education is to be made mandatory teaching in all England schools from the age of 4. Until now it was only compulsory for SRE to be taught in council-run schools. Education secretary Justine Greening in an interview with the BBC said:

“At the moment, many schools teach sex and relationships education. But it’s not mandatory, and, therefore, for many children, they are not coming out of our schools really being equipped to deal with the modern world or indeed be safe and protected from some of the very modern challenges that young people face on cyberbullying and sexting.

“What we’re introducing today is mandatory relationships and sex education in all secondary schools, but also mandatory relationships education in primary schools as well.

“And, of course, all of this, it’s important, is age-appropriate and, of course, it’s also important to retain, for sex education, a parent’s right to withdraw their child.”

Our You First domestic abuse services have long been working alongside many other voluntary and charitable organisations across the country, delivering healthy relationships training to children in schools and within our refuges. We’re committed to continue this important work and are thrilled the government has recognised its importance.

“It’s really great that the government has made the decision to make such teaching mandatory, and from an early age – we see stories all the time in the news about children who have been groomed, molested and led to believe by the perpetrator that the relationship they have is ‘normal’ and they don’t always have any way to know otherwise,” says Tonia Redvers, YOU’s head of Domestic Abuse services.

“Learning about healthy relationships from a young age is positive for building communities free from domestic abuse and violence. By making this education in schools mandatory all children are given an equal opportunity to learn how to engage with each other in a positive, respectful way as they grow”.

 

You First Hampshire delivering a session on healthy relationships with children last year, as part of the ‘Think Safe’ initiative.

 

‘March’ing forwards for Women

With International Women’s Day falling on the 8th of March and Mother’s Day on the 26th, YOU has decided to make March all about women and we’d love for YOU to be involved.

BE BOLD FOR CHANGE

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is ‘Be Bold for Change’, a message true to our hearts as an organisation. On average 2 women every week in England and Wales are killed  by a current or former partner (Office of National Statistics, 2015). Our domestic abuse support services in Hampshire and Dorset support and empower women into safer, independent lives free from fear and violence.  We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility, be they male, female, young or old, to help build a safer and more inclusive world. We’ll be taking part in pledging to be Bold for Change as part of the International Women’s Day campaign and asking people ‘what does being bold mean to you?’

Yesterday our Chair and Trustees kicked things off by pledging their support. The best thing about this campaign is we can all be involved! Visit the website, spread the word and pledge your boldness.

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

SUPPORT OUR CAMPAIGN

We’re currently in the process of opening a new refuge provision in Dorset (read more about it here). We’re thrilled to be opening new support for women in a time when refuges all over the country are under threat from funding cuts.  We’ve got the rooms and the roof, but we need some help in getting the place ready for living in. Can you spare some pounds to help us buy essentials like white goods for the kitchen? Check out our Total Giving page here:

http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/domesticabuserefugedonations

 

The YOU Trust Response to DCLG & DWP Consultation – Funding for Supported Housing

YOU is concerned that the current Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap and ‘top-up’ proposal has been created in the absence of any impact assessment and is not credible.  We are clear that the status quo is not acceptable to Government.    However, this approach is a backwards step that will stifle development and will put existing accommodation and services at unnecessary risk.  Fellow providers and trade bodies share our concerns. We believe it will undermine years of positive delivery, and will make the current situation worse.

Our full response documents can be found below.

DCLG DWP Consultation Funding for Supported Housing – Response
The YOU Trust
 WP Com CLG Com inquiry on supported housing – Response The YOU Trust