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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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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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Some exciting news!

Some exciting news!

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  PRESS RELEASE DATE: 1.2.21 FREEDOM 2 AWARDED A GRANT FROM COMIC RELIEF COMMUNITY FUND (ENGLAND) FREEDOM 2 have been awarded a £4000 grant from the Comic Relief Community Fund (England). FREEDOM 2 Create is a 7 week art programme that is run with girls aged between 12 years and 17 years old focusing on important topics such as self worth, identity, healthy relationships and empowerment. The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) invests in grassroots community-led organisations to bring about lasting change and legacy through projects that support ComicRelief’s themes: Children Survive & Thrive; Fighting for Gender Justice; A Safe Place to Be; and Mental Health Matters. Grants of up to £4,000 are available to strengthen local organisations to give with skills and advice to drive community projects forward, as…
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