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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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Welcome to our new Youth Trustee

Welcome to our new Youth Trustee

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Last night we welcomed Elsa as our new youth trustee. Here is a bit about Elsa: 'I’m a first year University student at Goldsmiths College studying Education, Culture and Society. I am really passionate about the power of youth voice and being a part of inspiring change. I love community centred work and currently run a local initiative aimed at spreading small acts of kindness and am very involved some charity youth boards which focus on mental health and anti-bullying awareness. I’m really excited and grateful to be a youth trustee and am looking forward to bringing my experiences and ideas to this exciting role. In my free time I enjoy playing music, attending dance classes and spending time with my family.' We are so excited to have Elsa as…
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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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The Little Changes

The Little Changes

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My daughter has been learning about the Cold War at school. That it is now considered history is frightening as it was part of my own childhood. In fact, the end of the cold war was the backdrop of an early and very powerful lesson I learnt as a student myself, that the smallest things can bring about great change. I was a student in the late summer of 1989 and I remember unpacking at my new digs in Frankfurt with the TV news playing behind me. The headline news that day were the 40thAnniversary celebrations of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) which were soon to be followed by similar celebrations for West Germany. Part of the news that night were surveys, which concluded that almost no one believed…
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Impact and Influence

Impact and Influence

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Have you ever heard someone say, "I can do what I like, it's my life!" The reality of these words is partly true, yet, the impact of our decisions ultimately affects others. Whether we acknowledge, thrive on or hardly recognise this reality, simply put —our life impacts others. However, the degree and direction of impact depend on us.  My husband, Gary, and I have worked and served in the non-profit, community sector for the past 27 years here in England. We’re both from the USA, southern-born, having met here in the UK, expatriates and together have raised four kids who are now adults.  How easy it is to think, "We’re empty-nesters have given out plenty, let’s retire and relax.”  While that was in the forefront of my thinking, two years…
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