For the 1 News!

For the 1 News!

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We are really excited to announce that our ‘For the 1’ podcast is now out! We released the trailer this week and the first episode is out on Monday 14thJune. So why did we decide to progress from having our monthly For the 1 blog to adding in a podcast. Here is what our founder Mel had to say: ‘For the 1 was a phrase that came to my mind one day a couple of years ago when I was thinking about the impact of the work that we do with our beneficiaries. We live in a world where it is drummed into us that numbers count. I was constantly asked, ‘How many girls have you worked with, How many schools are you going into?’ and I was constantly feeling…
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For the 1 – Acts of Kindness

For the 1 – Acts of Kindness

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 If I may I would like to share a memory from growing up. It is funny how certain events, either good or bad, get lodged in the memory. There was this one time when I was probably in my late teens, where something happened that I will never forget. To you, it may seem really trivial, almost dull, but to me, it was something that I will remember to my dying days. I recall one evening sitting at home, probably bored (this was before the internet, Sky sports and believe it or not there were only 4 TV channels). I was settling down for another dull evening when there was a knock at the door. My parents went to answer it and at the doorstep were all my closest friends.…
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Thank you to the Essex Community Foundation!!

Thank you to the Essex Community Foundation!!

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We are so pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £6,200 by the Sebright Fund, EWAG Charitable Fund and the Nicki Alvey Bazlinton Trust, which are managed by Essex Community Foundation to adapt our current FREEDOM 2 Create Programme in order that other organisations and individuals can access our workshops online. We will be working with local artists to produce content that will be created into our 6 week programme. We will also have some free online content that you will be able to access on our website and social media. We will keep you posted on any developments, but we are hoping that we can launch it in September 2021. We heavily rely on funding and donations to carry on our important work, so we…
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For the 1 Blog – Interview with Sona the newest member of our team!

For the 1 Blog – Interview with Sona the newest member of our team!

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1. Tell us a bit about you and what your passions are. My name is Sona and I design and deliver various creative workshops for adults and children. I am passionate about using art and textiles to improve mental health. 2. What have been your moments of joy in lockdown?  I’ve been really lucky to have a forest at my doorstep so being able to take long walks through the forest has been so calming. 3. When did you realise that you wanted to be an artist?  Growing up I’ve been surrounded by creative women, my mum was always making something. She loved sewing clothes and embroidery and that’s where I developed a love for textiles. I knew I wanted to help people through creativity but didn’t know how until…
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Changing the world for the one

Changing the world for the one

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  Trigger Warning: The content of this blog centres on adoption and does mention child abuse, which may affect some readers. I recently read a quote that was not attributed to anyone in particular which read, “The world may not change if you adopt a child, but for that child their world will change.” We have recently embarked on an incredible adventure with our son, who came to live with us two days before the first lockdown in March 2020. His story is so reflective of so many little ones caught in abuse, neglect and hopelessness. Pre pandemic statistics reveal a difficult picture, in a nutshell, just one quarter successfully make it through to a forever home. Imagine how different this will be in a new emerging landscape and all…
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