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One Size Fits One

Equation were pleased to be represented at the recent launch of Nottingham city’s ‘One Size Fits One’ policy for autistic people.

Nottingham city’s vision is for autistic people, including high functioning autism to be acknowledged, to have equal opportunities regardless of their cultural background or age, to live fulfilling and rewarding lives and for there to be recognition that for citizens with autistic spectrum conditions “One Size Fits One”. This might be through their social, family or employment circumstances, access to universal services or more targeted services, including access to services aimed at individuals experiencing domestic abuse.

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Autism is a lifelong condition. It affects the way a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum of different needs – so it is essential to look at the individual. Autistic people are neurologically different to non-autistic people. They can therefore have different areas of strength and challenge when compared to others. As society is centred upon the skills and needs of the majority, autistic people face challenges fitting into society and further challenges to be understood and to understand the general population.

One Size Fits One believes that autistic people in Nottingham have the right to live safe, healthy and happy lives. It has six key aims:

  • Understand the needs of autistic people;
  • Challenge stigma and improve understanding of autism;
  • Improve support from childhood to adulthood;
  • Improve process of diagnosis and assessment;
  • Increase opportunities in education and employment;
  • Allow everyone to lead a rewarding life in the community.

The full strategy can be found here.

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Crunch Time: Charity Fundraiser

 

Just one week to go until our charity fundraiser at The Orange Tree pub, Nottingham on the 5th September.

Foot-stomping folk and bubbling indie-pop from Kellys Heroes + Opie Deino

Live glasswalk at 8pm + Live music from 8.30pm

FREE ENTRY but donations welcome

Local stalwarts Kellys Heroes headline an evening of toe-tapping fun to raise funds for Equation, Nottingham’s innovative domestic abuse charity. The fast and furious four-piece present high-energy celtic tunes and traditional folk with the accordion, rhythm guitar and bodran making music guaranteed to get you dancing.

Opened by Opie Deino, a talented singer-songwriter hailing from Leeds/Nottingham. Opie’s catchy brand of indie-pop gives her strumming tunes some serious bounce as she makes poetic observations on the drama of everyday.

Profits from Crunch Time will be in aid of Nottingham-based charity Equation, a pioneering organisation working to end domestic abuse. Raffle tickets with premium prizes will also be for sale.

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See Crunch Time: Charity Fundraiser on Facebook for full details of the event, including the growing list of goodies to win!

Open to all; accompanied children welcome until 9.30pm.

The event is proudly sponsored by St Marys Chambers, and Nelsons Solicitors.

Find out more about Equation at www.equation.org.uk

Contact Chloe at Equation for more information: chloe@equation.org.uk

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Reel Equality: Launch Success!

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Huge thanks to Broadway Cinema for hosting our Reel Equality Film Club launch on Friday. What a night! It was great to see so many of you there. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Looking forward to seeing some of you at the next one on the 22nd September at the Savoy Cinema too.

For those of you who missed it, Reel Equality is a new film club we’ve launched to combat sexism on screen. We’ll be showing feature films every month that tell diverse and interesting women-centered stories that counter the dominance of male-focused stories and tired female gender stereotypes in the mainstream film industry. We’ll also be putting on fun film-themed events each month, such as food, quizzes and a bit of dressing up too. You can read more about Reel Equality in the LeftLion article here.

How can people get involved with Reel Equality?
Come to our screenings!  Our first season of six films are all advertised on the Equation website, we’ll be showing in different venues across the city and everyone is welcome. Tickets are affordable, from £4-6 depending on venue. Reel Equality is largely run by a committee of volunteers, so if anyone is really passionate about gender and film, we’ll be recruiting for new committee members in September/October time. We’ll advertise on our Facebook page and on the website. Our next screening is of Another Earth on 22nd September. See you there!

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Crunch Time: Charity Fundraiser

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Foot-stomping folk and bubbling indie-pop from Kellys Heroes + Opie Deino

5th September, Orange Tree Pub, Nottingham

Live glasswalk at 8pm + Live music from 8.30pm

FREE ENTRY but donations welcome

Local stalwarts Kellys Heroes headline an evening of toe-tapping fun to raise funds for Equation, Nottingham’s innovative domestic abuse charity. The fast and furious four-piece present high-energy celtic tunes and traditional folk with the accordion, rhythm guitar and bodran making music guaranteed to get you dancing.

Opened by Opie Deino, a talented singer-songwriter hailing from Leeds/Nottingham. Opie’s catchy brand of indie-pop gives her strumming tunes some serious bounce as she makes poetic observations on the drama of everyday.

Profits from Crunch Time will be in aid of Nottingham-based charity Equation, a pioneering organisation working to end domestic abuse. Raffle tickets with premium prizes will also be for sale.

See Crunch Time: Charity Fundraiser on Facebook for full details of the event, including the growing list of goodies to win!

Open to all; accompanied children welcome until 9.30pm.

The event is proudly sponsored by St Marys Chambers, and Nelsons Solicitors.

Find out more about Equation at www.equation.org.uk

Contact Chloe at Equation for more information: chloe@equation.org.uk

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Sexting – how we can help

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In the papers this week is the news that Nottinghamshire police are warning children and young people of the criminal consequences of sexting. We know how serious the consequences of sexting can be. Equation offer sessions to secondary schools which cover sexting and have been working hard to raise awareness of this issue for some time now.

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Schoolchildren have been warned they could end up in court if they send explicit pictures of themselves via text messages and social media. Nottinghamshire Police is sending letters to all schools in the city and county, saying it has “grave concerns” about “sexting”. It has asked the schools to pass on the letter to parents in the hope they can tell their children how serious sharing photos of themselves can be.

Childline have developed an app to help teens combat sexting. Called Zipit, it helps teens get flirty chat back on the right track. It’s packed with killer comebacks and top tips to help young people stay in control of their chat game.

We work preventatively with schools to raise awareness of all the consequences of sexting. If you would like more information about this or any of the ways we work preventatively with children and young people, please email admin@equation.org.uk

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Beyond Survival Support Group

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Nottinghamshire Rape Crisis Centre introduce:-

Beyond Survival Support Group

Beyond Survival is free ten week course ran for women by women at Nottinghamshire Rape Crisis Centre. For women who have experienced rape, sexual abuse and or sexual violence.

Aims of the group: – To gain self acceptance, self assertion, build trust in self and in others, to experience more fulfilling lives and to meet fellow survivors and share experiences.

Start date 25/07/2014           Time 10am – 12noon

Nottinghamshire Rape Crisis Centre, 2nd floor of Nottingham Women’s Centre, 30 Chaucer street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

Course will involve processing of your own thoughts and feelings around rape, sexual abuse or sexual violence as well as small group and large group work. Sessions will be planned with exercises but there will also be plenty of space available for unstructured time.

Week 1 – Ice Breaker Session and Victim Vs Survivor

Week 2 – Safety and Strength

Week 3 – The Culture of Abuse

Week 4 – Self Care

Week 5 and 6 – My Personal Story

Week 7 – Feedback – My Personal Story

Week 8 – Anger and Empowerment

Week 9 – Trust and Moving Forward

Week 10 – A Positive Ending

Please call Natalie for more information on 0115 9470064 (Wed/fri) or to make a referral call 0115 9410440 anytime. Please note that this course is subject to either an initial assessment as per NRCC policies (for clients awaiting face to face counselling) or a pre – course assessment.

 

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Encompass Project Nottinghamshire

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Encompass is a process that will  inform schools and children’s centres of reported domestic abuse incidents, where a child has been in the same household or is affected by the incident, during the next school day. Each school nominates an Encompass contact (usually designated safeguarding teacher) and these Encompass contacts attend a briefing on the Process, what to look for, how to speak to the child  in these circumstances and referral routes for additional support.

Encompass is managed and run in the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) which is able to link  Police, Social Care and Health information about children and vulnerable adults.

Encompass Nottinghamshire will start on September 30th 2014 with a pilot Newark & Sherwood  and Rushcliffe Districts

An evaluation will follow and then a further rollout.

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Reel Equality Launch Party

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Welcome to Reel Equality: monthly screenings that tell women-centred stories and challenge gender stereotypes. Open to everyone! Our launch party takes place on August 22nd at 8:30pm at Broadway.

Enjoy a cracking evening of cult comedy entertainment from Equation to celebrate the launch of Reel Equality, a club showing monthly screenings for people who love film and hate sexism.

Our special opening screening is Ghost World, an offbeat classic that follows the friendship of two angsty teenagers in a film full of energy, irony and deadpan comedy. Starring Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi and Scarlett Johansson.

 

The revelry starts at 8.30 with sound-track inspired tunes and swinging grooves from Stiff Kittens DJ. Come early to grab a slice of *free* birthday chocolate cake for from Screaming Carrot bakery.

 

Get into the party mood and come as your fave cult film character (maybe it’s Trinity, Ripley, Dana Scully, or Leeloo?). Costumes are encouraged but entirely optional. Best

 

Dressed winner will receive a whole year’s Broadway Cinema Membership for them or a friend (worth £27)!

 

This is a chance to find out about the new Reel Equality Film Club in an informal environment: who we are, what films we’ll show, and how you can get involved as a member.

 

Reel Equality Film Club is brought to you by Equation, a Nottingham-based charity striving to end domestic abuse and promote healthy, equal relationships.

 

Find out about our full programme on our website at www.equation.org.uk Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/reelequalitynotts

 

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Safety Plan for Young People

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CAADA have developed a safety plan for young people, in partnership with young people from IKWRO, Leap Confronting Conflict and Barnardo’s. Practitioners can use this tool in conjunction with the Young People’s Version of the CAADA-DASH Risk Identification Checklist (RIC), to support and advise young people on how to keep safe.

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The document can be accessed here. It contains links to our own site for young people, Respect Not Fear, amongst others.

If you plan to use this with a young person, it is worth remembering that the plan is about them and what is happening in their lives, and that it is your role as a practitioner to support them to avoid places and situations which increase their risk. CAADA recommend that the safety plan is used and filled in together with the young person, and when they are calm and in a safe space. They will need support in thinking through who they can get help from and identifying an adult that they can trust.

You may feel it more appropriate to use the plan as a prompt to discuss the issues that the young person may be facing. While safety planning, you should remind them that their (ex) boyfriend/girlfriend may react to the actions that they are taking, which could put them in more danger. It is your role to advise the young person on the options available to them if this happens. The safety plan should be reviewed regularly so that it can take into account new circumstances, risks, and concerns the young person may have.

We have adapted much of the content from CAADA’s own site to share with you here.

You should consider whether it is safe for the young person to have a copy of the safety plan with them. The plan should become a formal record in the young persons’ client file.

Please note that we are reviewing the Young People’s Checklist later this year, we will also then update the safety plan to make sure it is relevant and appropriately linked to the Checklist.

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Have you got the guts to walk on broken glass?

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We hope you will consider joining the courageous fundraisers who are taking part in our 2014 sponsored event!

Crunch time challenge

Learn the art of calmness in the face of adversity and raise money for pioneering work against domestic abuse in a sponsored barefoot walk over razor-sharp broken glass.

On Friday September 5th 2014, Equation is offering its intrepid supporters the opportunity to do a sponsored walk with a difference… Could you be among them?

What is the glass-walking challenge?

A barefoot walk across 15ft of razor sharp glass shards made from 2000 broken bottles.

Why should I do it?

This is an inspirational and barrier-breaking experience for you, while raising money for a fantastic cause. You will feel motivated, empowered, and inspired to face your fears. Given the type of event, donors often offer higher sponsorship than you would get for a normal sponsored walk or sports challenge, so it’s a fantastic way to support Equation.

Is it safe?

We have chosen to work with glass-walking experts Blaze because of their impeccable professional background; they will get you through the event in complete safety. Blaze have over 20 years’ experience and a 100% safety record.

Do I need to do any preparation?

No! This is a real challenge of technique – it’s proper sharp glass, not sugar glass! – but no prior training or experience is necessary: glass-walkers will be taught expertly to guide themselves safely across the razor-sharp shards in a training seminar.

Great! What do I need to know to sign up?

The minimum age is 14 years. Parental consent is required for 14-17 year olds. There is no upper age limit.

You need to be free on the evening of Friday 5th September, from approximately 6.30 to 8.30pm.

The Glasswalk will be held in a central Nottingham location.

The entry fee is just £25 and we ask that each supporter raise a minimum in sponsorship of £100. Fundraising packs and instructions on how to collect your sponsorship will be provided after registration, along with a fantastic Equation supporters t-shirt.

If you’re interested, please get in touch with our fundraiser Chloe. fundraising@equation.org.uk / 01159 623 237. We’ll send you an information pack and registration form. We look forwards to hearing from you!

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