BAKE OFF COMES TO PORTSMOUTH TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ADVICE SERVICES

Every year Advice Portsmouth helps over 14,000 people who live in the City with free advice on welfare benefit, debt, housing, employment, and family and consumer issues. Many people walk into the Centre, based on Kingston Crescent, with issues on Personal Independence Payments, Employment Support Allowance and other financial matters.

MP Stephen Morgan came to the Centre yesterday to support the team who took part in the Great Legal Bake to raise funds to provide people with budgeting tools and for the hardship fund.  The cake competition was judged by Stephen and the winner was 11 year old Lucy Webber who baked delicious popping candy cupcakes.

Acting Manager Annette Groves said, “We were delighted Stephen was able to join us and judge the Bake Off and we would like to thank him for the interest and knowledge he showed in the problems that people in the city face.”

Stephen Morgan MP said “It’s essential that the people of Portsmouth have access to good quality advice and Advice Portsmouth are doing a great job at providing this. I’ve been hugely impressed with the work that they do – it was great to visit the team yesterday and see for myself the hard work they put in to providing such an important service.”

The Team managed to raise over £100 through their bake sale and online donations. If you believe that this is a cause that you would like to contribute to, then please visit https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/GreatLegalBake2018 to make a donation.

Take a stand against Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

The YOU Trust is joining with other fantastic organisations around the world this year to support of the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence and Abuse and White Ribbon campaigns to end male violence against women once and for all. We have launched the “Take a stand against Domestic Abuse” campaign to raise some much-needed awareness on the issue starting with this introduction to what Domestic Abuse is.

What is Domestic Abuse

The UK government defines domestic violence and abuse as an act or series of acts which may be violent, abusive, coercive and threatening behaviour or controlling often between individuals 16 or over, that are/ were in a relationship, been intimate or between family members.

Types Of Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse can take various forms, the most common of which are Physical, Sexual, Financial and Psychological /Emotional.

Physical Abuse: This form of abuse covers a lot of physical acts of violence towards the victim including acts like; punching, slapping, hitting, biting, pinching, pulling hairs, shoving, strangling and, violence against family/pets, use or threat of use of weapons (knives, bats, sticks, etc.)

Sexual Abuse: This form of domestic abuse refers to unwanted acts of a sexual nature directed at the victim. This includes acts like, sexual harassment or pressure, rape, persuading others (especially children) to participate in sexual acts and use of sexually degrading language.

Financial: This refers to situations where a person looks to gain from the finances of another over whom they have influence or control over. Financial abuse includes acts such as making the victim take out credit, taking loans in the victim’s name, stealing from them, destroying their property, controlling their access to money, not contributing to joint bills and so on.

Psychological/Emotional: This is where the victim is psychologically controlled by the abuser. The victim may be subjected to controlling and coercive acts that cause them to feel guilty, ignored, isolated, scared, bullied, insignificant, and may be prevented from making decisions about their own lives such as who they see and where they can or can’t go.

Other Types Of Domestic Abuse To Note

Stalking: Stalking is defined as the persistent and unwanted attention that makes you feel pestered and harassed, distressed, alarmed, fearful of violence against you (Victim Support). It includes acts like following, watching or spying on a person, forcing contact with them (including contacting them on Social media), regularly sending unwanted gifts and sending threats.

FGM: FGM or Female Genital Mutilation is a term used to describe acts of removing partially or completely, the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. These acts are often referred to as female circumcision or cutting and are commonly practised by people of minority ethnic groups especially those of Middle Eastern, African and Asian origin.

These acts are illegal in the UK and are considered a gross violation of human rights against girls and women because of the suffering that they cause those affected especially during sex and childbirth.

Who Is Affected By Domestic Abuse?

Although women are the most likely to be victims of Domestic Abuse, anyone could be a victim of Domestic Abuse regardless of age, gender, sexuality.

  • According to the ONS, “an estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse” in the UK last year – of those, 713,000 were men.
  • 228,385 child protection referrals were made as a result of domestic abuse-related incidents in the year ending June 2017.
  • 64% of women staying in refuges have children staying with them.
  • Among the elderly, although the proportion of domestic abuse cases tends to decline with age among women, the opposite is the case in men.

Graph showing proportion of domestic violence against the person by age and sex

The YOU Trust’s Role

At The YOU Trust, we are committed to developing and delivering services that reduce harm and increase the safety of all victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse within our community.

We are actively working to achieve this by providing expert advice and support through our community and accommodation based services which ensure our clients have easy access to the emotional support and security they need to move on. These services are listed below.

Please follow the links to contact the relevant team if you need any support

Domestic Abuse Services

Children and Family Services

Refuge and Safe Houses

Community Support Groups

Outreach Support

Independent Domestic Violence Advocated

Take a Stand Today

You can take a stand with us today by

  1. sharing this post on your social media page to raise awareness among your friends
  2. supporting the work we do to support the victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse. You can do this by Giving Online or directly to our services in Dorset (youfirstdorsetenquiries@theyoutrust.org.uk) and Hampshire (spoc@theyoutrust.org.uk)
  3. or you can get some training and equip yourself to better spot cases of Domestic Abuse. Our sister organisation, My Learning Cloud, provides excellent e-learning courses on Domestic Abuse, Safeguarding Children and Young People and Safeguarding Adults that would be perfect starting points for this.

Gimme Shelter take 2!

Gimme Shelter Festival Fundraiser is back!

Last December’s event was so popular the team have decided to run a summer edition, again in support of YOU’s Dorset Social Inclusion Service.

The service supports vulnerably housed people into their own accommodation, helping them secure rent deposits, get back on their feet and regain independence.

Martin Saint, one of the three organisers, says of this year’s event: ‘we have outdone ourselves securing bands this time, as we have Dorset’s biggest dub-reggae band headlining in the absolutely fantastic Cuba Libre. We also have the West Country’s answer to the White Stripes, Jawbone, in the house; if you like your rock ‘n’ roll, this is not to be missed.’

Tickets for the event will be available for purchase on the door at a bargain price of £3, and there is also a Total Giving page set up for people who wish to give a little extra to this fantastic cause.

http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/gimmeshelterfest2

 

 

Advice Portsmouth: Southampton Legal Walk

A huge thankyou to everyone who donated to the Legal Walk event! The team raised an amazing £875! We’re keeping the Total Giving page open for anyone who still wishes to donate, we have a little way to go before we reach our target for the year so please do continue to share our page.

A team from our Advice Portsmouth service took part in the Southampton Legal Walk organised by the South West Legal Support trust on 8th May.

Advice Portsmouth is a pioneering service situated in the North End of Portsmouth delivering free and independent advice regarding debt, employment, welfare benefits, housing, consumer and general advice regarding family issues. The service is funded by Portsmouth City Council but every year needs to raise an additional £25k to maintain the work of its amazing advisors. £12,500 of the target has been raised so far, and the team are taking part in the sponsored walk to try and raise an additional £5k to bring them closer to the annual target.

It’s not too late to sponsor the team for this event! If you want to support the service you can do so via their Total Giving page here: http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/adviceportsmouth

To find out about future sponsored walks organised by The YOU Trust or for more information on how you can run your own event, feel free to contact our team in head office via enquiries@theyoutrust.org.uk.

 

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.’ 

New Refuge – Furnishing Fund

In a time where we hear about the negative impact of austerity cuts on refuges throughout the country, You First have positive and exciting news for Dorset and the national network of refuge provision!

You First have secured alternative and larger refuge accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic violence and abuse. We’re thrilled to be able to offer a much needed safe space, but now we need your help…

The circumstances under which the women come to us often mean they arrive with minimal clothing and provisions. We aim to provide a fully functioning living space, and currently need new white goods to kit out the kitchen. Can you spare a few pounds to make this a reality?

Any support through donations and/or sharing the link to our fundraising page would be appreciated not only by You First but by the women and children living at the refuge.

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

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