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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This months ‘For the 1’ blog is a Q and A with our new Youth Trustee Elsa!

This months ‘For the 1’ blog is a Q and A with our new Youth Trustee Elsa!

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Tell us a bit about you My name is Elsa, I am 19 and have lived in East London my whole life. I am currently in my first year of university, studying at Goldsmiths college in London which, despite the challenging circumstances, I am making the most of and enjoying as much as I can. In my spare time I currently tutor and support some local families with home schooling online as well as continuing to enjoy all of the charity work that I have always loved being a part of. I also enjoy playing music, attending dance classes and spending time with my family. Why are you passionate about helping young people? I am passionate about helping young people because I have experienced and seen first-hand some of the…
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For the 1 – The next phase

For the 1 – The next phase

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Many of us are pleased to have seen the end of 2020, with a hope that 2021 will be a better year. Yet if you ask people about their highlight of 2020, most people can think of at least one thing that they enjoyed. One of the things that I enjoyed during the first lockdown, was the clapping on a Thursday evening for the NHS. It was a small way of being able to say thank you to each and every worker who had risked their lives to help others. I think though that we can all think of a person we know or who is in our community who have helped ‘the 1’ through this worldwide pandemic. Through the work that we do with FREEDOM 2, we have our…
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Did you know?

Did you know?

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Did you know that 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently at the hands of an intimate partner? Did you know that 1 in 2 women killed worldwide are killed by their partners or family? Did you know since COVID began there are an estimated 15 million more cases of domestic violence for every three months of lockdown? Did you know there are over 40 million slaves being held across the world today? That 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, with 3 out of every 4 trafficked for sexually exploitation? These are staggering statistics. Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations in our world today. For most,…
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