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How to get involved with RSE Day 2019

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RSE Day 2019

27th June 2019 marks the first national Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Day in the UK. The aim of RSE day is to encourage all people to see RSE as part of their responsibility. Many people also take Ativan and Xanax together because they belong to same class of medications and buy ativan 2 mg without prescription These days you can buy Ativan online or offline with or without a prescription depending on the chosen method. But no matter what you decide on how to get Ativan Nottingham’s first RSE day in June 2018, which was co-ordinated by Nottingham Schools, has been the catalyst for the first National RSE Day in the UK and we are thrilled to be participating again, this year.

Get Involved

We are hoping that everyone will find a way to take part whether that be putting up a poster to raise awareness of domestic abuse, booking a project for their school, fundraising to support our pioneering work or having a conversation with their own child about the sex, consent and the importance of healthy relationships.

Posters and Resources


Equation can provide posters, activity booklets and information cards to support healthy relationships education, survivor safety and well-being, and awareness-raising around the topic of domestic abuse and healthy relationships. As part of our commitment to RSE day and promoting the importance of improved RSE education in Nottingham Schools, we are giving away for a limited amount of healthy relationships posters to be displayed in local schools and youth centres. Please email anthea@equation.org.uk for more details.


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Twilight Sessions


In addition to the projects we deliver in schools to pupils, Equation also offers Twilight sessions. These sessions are for education professionals, enabling them to better safeguard the young people they work with from experiencing the devastating effects of domestic violence and sexual violence.

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Support Our Work


Another way you can show your dedication to the improvement of RSE for the benefit of your pupils, children and society as a whole, is to help support our innovative work to prevent domestic abuse. On RSE day we would be thrilled if you would hold a non-uniform day in our honour. As a small, local charity we really rely on the generosity of others. We’ll even provide some stickers and pens you can give to the kids as a reward for taking part. Just get in touch with us below to let us know you want to take part in our RSE day fundraising activities.

Get In touch

If you’d like to find out about other ways to fundraise for us you can do that here.

Talking To Your Child

As a parent, the idea of talking to your child about sex and relationships any further than the general birds and the bees can be a daunting thought, but it really doesn’t need to be! There are lots of resources available online that can help you broach the subject. We’re very big fans of the NSPCC’s Let’s talk pants initiative and we also like the Youtube Channel Amaze which uploads fun and age-appropriate videos to discuss important topics like consent. While improved RSE in schools is paramount to safeguarding children from various types of abuse, continuing this education at home is also incredibly important.

We also have useful and interactive information for both Children and Adults on our GREAT project and Respect not Fear websites which are useful tools for furthering this learning at home.


Find Out More

If you would like read up on the benefits of RSE, you can read our blog post [link] explaining why it’s such a key part of young people’s education. Also, don’t just take our word for it, take a look at the overwhelming feedback [link] from staff and students who participated in our RSE programmes.

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Why teachers, parents and students love RSE

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Relationships and Sex Education Day 2019


This year marks the first national Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Day, meaning that from this year onwards RSE will be compulsory for both primary and secondary school pupils. RSE means children will increasingly be aware of what is okay in a relationship and what isn’t. More children will have a better understanding of what signs they need to look out for, if someone they know is in an unhealthy or abusive relationship and become more confident in being able to communicate with others and how they feel and about their relationships.

At Equation, we firmly believe that RSE has a pivotal part to play in preventing domestic violence and abuse, as well as ensuring we all have equal and healthy relationships. RSE also has the added benefit of increasing young people’s confidence, self-esteem and heightens their aspirations for the future. We offer a wide variety of tools and resources for teachers and school staff to utilise so they can ensure their students have a streamlined RSE programme.


Why do teachers, parents & students love RSE?


Our programmes vary from targeted smaller projects working directly with pupils who are likely to be impacted by domestic abuse, to comprehensive school wide programmes which cover a range of topic including domestic abuse.  The GREAT Project aims to educate years 5 & 6 pupils on domestic violence and abuse, whilst Equate is a comprehensive programme useful for all secondary years as it aims to improve their understanding of not only domestic violence but also personal space, sexting and child sexual exploitation. Know More is a targeted programme for young women which focuses on educating and empowering women surrounding relationships and sexual violence. The Choices project is a targeted programme specifically for young men, which addresses the risk of abusive behaviours and attitudes, helping young men manage their emotions. Here is just a preview of the overwhelming positive feedback we receive from teachers and staff who implemented one of these projects.


‘The students were well engaged throughout the provision benefiting from both the content as well as relationships built with delivery staff. Students enjoyed the opportunity to unpick personal issues within a supportive environment which is conducive and supportive of their needs. The Academy through quantitative tracking and monitoring analysed a drop in the number of behavioural incidents the students were involved during the intervention’ Know More – Bulwell Academy 


“I think it’s really important that the children learn about equality and relationships at this age. The GREAT Project has been brilliant and the children have really benefitted from all that they have learnt” – The GREAT Project  


‘I think it (the project) had a really positive impact on all boys who were involved and we have seen an improvement in their confidence, ability to communicate with each other & staff more effectively.  All feedback from students has been brilliant – really enjoyable sessions in which they felt comfortable expressing their opinions and learnt a lot from.’ Choices, Nottingham  Academy


“Equation worked with a targeted group of year 9s and 10s. Both of the ongoing sessions improved the communication skills and engagement in school of the students involved. The Year 9 girls in particular expressed how much they feel they have matured since completing their sessions. I would highly recommend this service to other schools. The staff delivering were enthusiastic, flexible and professional at all time”. Know More,  Louise McDonagh


Parents and guardians have a key part to play in their child’s relationship and sex education and we are delighted with the amount of positive comments we have received from them:


“The GREAT Project is absolutely amazing! It totally helped my son understand why we no longer live with his dad. He can also assess a healthy/unhealthy relationship and grew up so much emotionally. 10/10”.


“My daughter was actually the one to point out that my friend was living with domestic abuse as she overheard the conversations…My friend was eventually able to leave the relationship with our support and has been out of it for a year and a half now. I was really shocked and proud that my daughter was so easily able to spot the signs of domestic abuse and feel confident in speaking out and saying that she knew it wasn’t ok”.


Working with young people is a fundamental part of our work, so here is what some of the students we worked with, had to say:


‘The friendships I made as part of the project was the best part’

‘I really enjoyed all the activities’

‘The best part was when we talked about relationships’

‘I enjoyed being able to talk about anger’

‘I will remember the facilitators most’

‘What I will remember most from the project is my rights in a relationship’

‘The project has helped me to deal with anger and learn new ways of managing my emotions. It also has helped me to think about personal space in relationships’


In conclusion


Ultimately, we believe Relationship and Sex Education is so important for young people. With RSE, young people are given a voice and the confidence to stand-up for their own rights and to communicate effectively with their future partners. RSE means that young people will not only have healthy and happy relationships, but they are also empowered to make the decisions they know are right for them. Empower children and young people to have the skills to be able to have equal relationships free from abuse with RSE and Equation.


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Celebrating our Hidden Heroines and Heroes

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As a small charity, support from generous individuals, communities and organisations has a huge impact on the work we do to prevent domestic abuse and reduce the harm it causes. From office volunteers helping to distribute safety resources for survivors, to dedicated fundraisers taking on marathons to raise vital funds for our prevention projects, we’re able to achieve so much more together. To mark Small Charity Week 2019, we’re shining a spotlight on some of our hidden heroines and heroes.  



Lucy supports Equation as part of our events committee. Last year, Lucy played a huge part in the event management of our first ever charity pop-up shop which raised over £1000.  As part of the event committee she collected, sorted and priced up stock, sourced some amazing prizes for a silent auction and without her help the day it simply wouldn’t have been possible to run.  

“I chose to support Equation because of the range of work they do for domestic abuse prevention and to encourage equality in relationships. I believe their focus on education and prevention, as well as crucial support to survivors, is an effective approach. I’ve met some great, like-minded people and had a feeling of great satisfaction from the small part I’ve played in helping to raise money for the fantastic work Equation do.” 



Jeff is a valued member of our freelancer team, primarily delivering our projects for children and young people in Nottingham. As if that wasn’t enough, Jeff also supports Equation in his spare time too! “My son and I have done three bag packing sessions at local supermarkets. We’ve really enjoyed these as, not only are we able to raise funds for Equation, it’s also great fun and customers are friendly and supportive. And we’ve never broken any eggs… yet. “  

Each year we’re invited to do bag packing at various supermarkets around the city. As Jeff says, they’re a fun way to give back and the time flies as you get chatting to supportive shoppers. Last year, we raised approximately £450 per bag pack, that’s enough for around two year groups of secondary school children to receive relationship and sex education, including topics such as sex and consent or digital safety, enabling them to understand their rights and responsibilities.  

We caught up with Jeff recently to ask why he chooses to support Equation. 

“As a man, I’m only too aware that domestic abuse is a big problem in our society and that most of that abuse is done by men to women. I like to help redress that balance by doing all I can for a local charity that works to reduce the harm done by domestic abuse. I particularly like the fact that Equation has a comprehensive education programme because, having worked a lot with children and young people (including being a Childline counsellor), I know not only the harm that unhealthy relationships can cause but also how important it is that children and young people are able to have access to such resources. The fact that I can help supply some of these, is very satisfying.”  



Lisa is another dedicated supporter and volunteer here at Equation who not only pushes herself to raise money for a good cause but considers domestic violence and abuse an issue very close to her heart. During July 2015, Lisa’s Aunt passed away due to domestic homicide. Lisa explained to us that  her drive to support equation comes from her belief that “if we can educate children and professionals to recognise signs of unhealthy relationships…then they have a chance to rebuild a new life”.  

We recognise her bravery to speak up about how domestic violence and abuse has affected herself and her family as an incredible thing to do, so we had a sit down with Lisa to talk about her experience as a volunteer and all she has achieved through raising money for Equation.  Not only has Lisa participated in Ride London 100 Miles, the Berlin and London Marathon, she also faced her phobia of swimming by participating in a half Ironman distance triathlon. “The swim was hardest thing I’ve ever done physically emotionally and mentally but I had to remind myself it was for a charity close to my heart” What Lisa has achieved whilst being a volunteer is a remarkable thing.  Not only has she overcome some of her biggest challenges, she has gone above and beyond to help support a charity in the name of one of her loved ones.  

“I pushed myself beyond what I thought was possible. It gave me confidence within myself knowing I can say to people I have done these events and faced a phobia head on.” 


Thank You!

We’re very lucky to have such wonderful support from all our volunteers and supporters. Without the likes of Lucy, Jeff, Lisa and all our other amazing volunteers, we could not make what we do possible. Therefore, during Small Charity Week, we would like to express our immense gratitude for our volunteers and thank them for making Equation’s work towards equal, healthy relationships for all, in a society free from domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality, possible. 

If you’re considering supporting us, head over to our website where you can find out more about the variety of volunteer opportunities we have such as Social Media Ambassadors, Research Assistants and Fundraising Events Committee Members, as well as the many ways you can fundraise school or work fundraising, Quiz Nights, bag packs or becoming a regular supporter.  

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3 Things You Should Know about Men’s Experiences of Domestic Abuse

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We all know that domestic violence and abuse is a huge problem in our society, but do many of us understand how this issue affects men?  

It can be hard to find reliable information about the topic, so Equation’s experts from our Domestic Abuse Service for Men have listed the key points you need to know.  


1) Men experience domestic abuse

“Domestic abuse” is behaviour that someone uses in a relationship to deliberately dominate, threaten, coerce and control someone else. Any person can be a victim of this kind of behaviour whether they are a man, woman or another gender identity. 

Men can experience domestic abuse from a partner or a former partner in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. Men can also be abused by family members: adult children, siblings or others. Family abuse against men includes so-called ‘honour’-based abuse, such as forced marriage. 

Domestic abuse against men is perpetrated by both men and women, as well as people of other gender identities.  

Domestic abuse is often discussed as a women’s issue, because the majority of domestic abuse is experienced by women (and perpetrated by men). However, domestic abuse also happens to lots of men. 


2) Domestic abuse against men is not only about violence

Domestic abuse against men can include physical violence, as well as emotional and psychological bullying, sexual violence or financial control and abuse. 

A man who is being abused may experience some or all of the following behaviours: 

  • Bullying: mocking, humiliation, insults, criticism 
  • Control: Being checked up on, followed, or stalked 
  • Threats: intimidation, attacks or violence 
  • Destruction of their possessions 
  • Isolation: being stopped from seeing family and friends 
  • Being forced into sex  
  • Having money taken or controlled 
  • Lying, blame and denial of the abuse 


3) It’s okay for men to ask for help

Men who experience domestic violence and abuse are not to blame, no matter what the perpetrator of the abuse may say. Men who are being abused may feel ashamed or afraid of judgment by others, but it does not make a man ‘weak’ or less ‘manly’ if they experience abuse. Domestic abuse is always a choice by the perpetrator. 

Men who experience domestic abuse are not alone and it is always okay to ask for help. 

Equation’s Domestic Abuse Service for Men offers free support from a friendly advisor. The service can advise men about their safety and legal options and offer signposting to other services including drugs and alcohol support, housing and counselling. 

“I was able to take back control of my life having received support from Equation.  I feel more independent and for once in a very long time I feel more in control. Talking to you gave me a safe space”  


Do you need help or advice?

Equation’s service in Nottingham/shire offers free support for men experiencing domestic abuse 

Call 0115 960 5556 to talk in confidence.  

The helpline is staffed on Monday to Friday from 9.30-4.30. A 24/7 confidential answerphone service is available outside these times.   

Heterosexual and GBT+ men are welcome to call. 


Men outside Nottingham/shire can call: 

Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327  

Galop’s National LGBT+ helpline 0800 999 5428. 

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Equation launches #HelpAFriend campaign

This March, Equation is running a bold campaign in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that could help people save their friends from the harm of domestic abuse. Ordinary City residents will be given tools to recognise if someone close to them is experiencing abuse, and to help their friends reach expert support.

Equation is running the #HelpAFriend project using an attention-grabbing social media and print campaign, and several promotional giveaway events. We hope the campaign will increase the number of women accessing the local 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline (0808 800 0340), which receives over 10,000 calls each year.

Sophie Maskell, Campaigns Coordinator, says: “Many people experiencing domestic abuse find it difficult to report what is happening to professional support agencies, which means a huge number of survivors are not receiving any help.

“Their friends and family, who are ordinary people like you and me, can make a huge difference. They are very well-placed to spot the warning signs of abuse, and to help friends or family access support that can keep them safe and well.”

Equation’s innovative campaign shows what abuse can look like to a friend from the outside. By promoting the simple steps involved in responding helpfully to friends or family who are being hurt by a partner, we hope to build the tools and confidence of everyone in the local community to be an upstander against domestic abuse.

If you are worried that your friend is being hurt by her partner, ring the 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline to find out how you can help: 0808 800 0340. The helpline is run by Women’s Aid Integrated Services; find out more at wais.org.uk

You can also find out more about how to support a friend or family member on our dedicated campaign webpage: equation.org.uk/help-someone

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Free Domestic Abuse Resources to #HelpAFriend

As part of Equation’s #HelpAFriend campaign in March, we have two awareness resources available for you to order: a set of posters to help people spot the warning signs of a friend experiencing domestic abuse, and a handy guide to supporting a friend who is in an abusive relationship.

Warning Signs: Posters

This set of 6 bright and attention-grabbing posters shows what domestic abuse can look like to a friend from the outside. Each poster explains one of the less well-known “warning signs” (control, jealousy, manipulation, isolation, pressure, and fear). Yes, Ambien aids people who suffer from insomnia to fall asleep within 15 to 30 minutes after taking the medication or ambien 10 mg online usa Ask your doctor about Ambien to see if it’s right for you The posters direct to the 24-hour helpline as the central point of support for local women survivors and their friends and family. Suitable for all community venues and places of work.

During March 2019, workers and residents in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can each order a FREE set of Warning Signs posters

Warning Signs posters

How to Help A Friend: Booklet

These quick guides are designed for people with friends or family members experiencing domestic abuse. Concise and small (A6) in size, the handy booklets provide simple step-by-step information about how to help in a safe and supportive way. The booklets give guidance to friends and family about what to say and do, and also helpfully include a peel-out Domestic Violence and Abuse Information Card to give to a survivor of domestic abuse. The cards cover essential safety and support information for women in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire.

The general advice in the guide is also relevant for men and people of any gender.

These booklets are useful for anyone living locally wanting to know how to support someone close to them who is being hurt by a partner or ex.

During March 2019, workers and residents in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can order up to 30 How to Help a Friend booklets for FREE (post and packaging costs may apply).

How to Order

Order your resources now using our online order form.

online order form


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How to Spot the Signs of a Friend in Trouble

Good friends are everything. But sometimes our closest friends can be suffering in silence. If you spot any of these warning signs, your friend may be experiencing domestic abuse in their relationship. #HelpAFriend. Learn the signs.


Does your friend’s partner call and text her all the time? Does it ever seem like they’re checking up on her?


Have you noticed you get to see your friend less and less, and that she’s also seeing less of her other friends and family? Maybe she seems to make excuses about why she can’t meet up, or you get the sense that your  friend’s partner is taking over her life.


Does it ever seem like your friend won’t make a decision without checking with her partner first? Does she often seem worried about her partner’s reaction?


Have you noticed that your friend is behaving out of character – e.g. dressing, acting, or speaking differently? Do you think she may ever feel pressured by her partner to look or behave in a certain way?


Does your friend change her behaviour to avoid accusations of cheating from her partner? Does it seem like her partner is often jealous for little reason?


Have you noticed your friend treading on eggshells to avoid rowing with her partner? Have you ever got the sense that your friend is a bit afraid of them?

If you are worried about your friend’s relationship, trust your instincts.

Call the 24-hour free local domestic abuse helpline and find out how you can help her.

0808 800 0340

If you can’t get through, use the answerphone. All messages will be answered.

The helpline is run by Women’s Aid Integrated Services. Find out more at wais.org.uk

Find out more about the #HelpAFriend Campaign at equation.org.uk/helpafriendcampaign

#HelpAFriend is kindly funded by Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Home Office.

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Equation Website: Invitation for Expressions of Interest

Equation’s goal as a charity is for everyone to have equal, healthy relationships, in a society free from domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality. Working primarily in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Equation delivers education to the whole community to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence, promote gender equality and raise aspirations for healthy relationships. We provide practical tools and guidance to support the well-being and safety needs of survivors.

Our work currently includes:

  • Work with professionals to improve the frontline response to domestic abuse and violence. 
  • Work with children, young-people and educational professionals to educate around healthy relationships and enable young people to access support for domestic abuse.  
  • Operating the local frontline service for men experiencing domestic abuse 
  • Campaigning in the community to raise awareness of domestic abuse, related issues and signposting support.  
  • The production and distribution of resources that signpost local survivors of all forms of domestic abuse and sexual violence to local support services.

The charity has received funding for a web development project to improve it’s current online offering and are currently inviting Nottingham-based web agencies to provide expressions of interest.

Improvements to the website will deliver improved experiences for it’s users including:

  • Improved access to support and information for survivors of domestic abuse.
  • Improved quality of content and online experience delivered to professionals interested in Equation’s professional services.
  • Improved user experience for individuals and community groups interested in learning more about domestic abuse and supporting equations work.


More details about this project can be found here, including full application details.

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International Women’s Day High Tea and Fizz

‘There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish’ – Michelle Obama

Enjoy a decadent Middle Eastern inspired afternoon tea at Nottingham’s fantastic jazz venue Peggy’s Skylight, and celebrate how to achieve a more gender-balanced world #BalanceforBetter

In support of Equation, Nottingham’s leading charity preventing and reducing the impact of domestic abuse across Nottingham city and county.

Please note this is a women-only event: all women are welcome.

The venue is accessible to anyone using a wheelchair.

How much? Tickets are £25 per person (+ Eventbrite fee if booked online)

Any questions?

Email our fundraising team and we can tell you more: fundraising@equation.org.uk

How to Book 

Book online via Eventbrite or download a booking form (editable PDF) and return to us by post or email.

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We’re Hiring: Secondary Schools Healthy Relationships Coordinator

Hours: 30-37 hours per week

Fixed term contract: 12 months. Maybe extended subject to funding.

Salary: Equation Scale Point 26, £22,937 Pro-Rata.

This is an exciting opportunity to join Equation, a Nottinghamshire-based, award-winning and innovative charity dedicated to preventing and responding to domestic abuse.

Equation needs an enthusiastic project coordinator to work as part of our Children and Young People team. This is a fantastic role for someone who is passionate about domestic abuse prevention. You will be leading and developing Equation’s healthy relationships and domestic abuse awareness project in secondary schools. You will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with schools and facilitators, ensuring high quality service delivery and for continuing the development of the innovative package secondary schools receive.

The successful candidate will be joining the charity during an exciting period of growth and will be able to play a role in shaping the future direction of healthy relationships education.


Applications deadline: 1st March 9am

Interviews: 11th and 12th March

To apply for this role, please download all the application documents below. When completed please send you application by email to admin@equation.org.uk


Secondary Schools Healthy Relationships Coordinator Role Description

Secondary Schools Healthy Relationships Coordinator Person Spec

Secondary Schools Healthy Relationships Coordinator Application Form

Secondary Schools Healthy Relationships Coordinator Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Equation’s Vision, Mission and Values


Got a question?
Any enquiries about this role or our recruitment processes can be sent to admin@equation.org.uk or give us a on 0115 9623237

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