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Equation is Hiring in Their Finance Team

The finance team here at Equation has recently been restructured to provide 2 opportunities to join the organisation. The roles are within a small, enthusiastic team with a flexible and supportive culture. 

 

Finance Officer

Permanent Contract. 

Salary: Scale Point 26-31 £22,937 – 27,123 Pro-Rata 

 

The post is being recruited to support the organisation in maintaining financial strategy, policy, procedures & systems, budgeting, management accounts, record keeping and reporting 

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced individual who is capable of working independently and can identify and implement ways of improving working practices and processes. 

Candidates must be part qualified/finalist (AAT/CIMA or equivalent) and confident working at this level. 

Applications deadline: 04/11/2019  

Interviews: 11/11/2019 and 12/11/2019 

Finance Officer Job Description

Finance Officer Person Specification

Vision, Mission & Values

Application Form

 

Finance and Office Administrator

Permanent Contract 

Salary: Scale Point 18-21 £17,714 – £19,742 Pro-Rata 

 

This post is being recruited to support the Finance Officer to ensure the smooth running of Equation’s accounts. The role will focus on day to day bookkeeping, running petty cash, working with suppliers and maintaining accurate processes and records. Support will be provided to the wider admin team with general office tasks.   

We are looking for a motivated individual who can communicate well and work quickly and accurately.  

Applications deadline: 04/11/2019  

Interviews: 11/11/2019 and 12/11/2019 

Finance and Office Administrator Job Description

Finance and Office Administrator Person Specification

Vision, Mission & Values

Application Form

 

 

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Join Equation in support of the global #climatestrike

The climate crisis affects all of us. On Friday September 20th, Equation is taking climate action as a workplace and sending messages of support and solidarity for young people in Nottingham(shire) and around the globe who have called a Global Climate Strike. We are using our online platforms to promote climate action – and we invite our supporters to join us!

What is the Global Climate Strike?

Young people have woken up much of the world with their powerful #FridaysforFuture school strikes for the climate. Millions of people are suffering the effects of extreme weather-related events exacerbated by climate breakdown. Leading climate scientists have warned that there are less than 12 years to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty will worsen. As we hurtle towards dangerous tipping points, young organisers have called on adults, parents, workers, and employers of all kinds to join them in the global strikes, amplifying their calls for national governments to immediately provide a safe pathway to stay below a rise of 1.5C.

Young people hope this moment will show that they have the backing of millions of human beings who have a growing dread about the climate emergency.

What’s climate emergency got to do with Equation?

In fulfilling our mission for everyone to enjoy healthy relationships, Equation works with thousands of children and young people to help them build a better future.

Right now, local and global young people face an urgent existential threat to a healthy future in the form of climate breakdown.

We encourage and empower young people to feel self-confident and stand up for their rights to healthy relationships and it is inspiring and humbling to see young people passionately speaking out for their futures in this way.

We cannot ignore these young people’s calls. Equation has a role alongside every organisation and business in listening and amplifying their demands for urgent climate action. 

As a feminist organisation, Equation is concerned that women are disproportionately impacted by climate breakdown. Across the world, women are often responsible for producing food, fetching water and finding fuel. Climate breakdown makes these tasks more difficult. Extreme weather events such as droughts and floods have a greater impact on the poor and most vulnerable – and 70% of the world’s poor are women. Fighting climate breakdown – with women and girls at front and centre – is an essential measure for creating a sustainable future in which all human beings can thrive equally, regardless of their gender. 

For these reasons and as a respected local charity, Equation is ready to show climate leadership.

What is Equation doing?

To support the #climatestrike and the youth-led #FridaysforFuture movement, Equation will be sharing information on social media about the strikes and the importance of supporting young people in calling for urgent climate action. We’ll also be sharing photos and videos of support from Equation staff, volunteers and supporters.

Want to support the young climate strikers? Find out how: -> https://350.org/support-climate-strikes/

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Reclaim The Night 2019 Needs You!

The annual Reclaim the Night march is taking place in Nottingham on Saturday 9th November. Stewards will gather from 5pm and you will be needed until around 8pm.

 

Steward’s role

1) Creating a boundary

  • Form a visible boundary to the march
  • Make sure that marchers stay safely on the pavement

You will be given a high-vis jacket to wear to ensure your visibility and will walk along the side of the marchers and encourage them to stay safely on the pavement.

 

2) Leading chants!

There will be a megaphone to share. You should take the lead on starting chants from the chant sheets (these will be handed out to women at the start of the rally by volunteers) – all other volunteers are welcome to do this if they like!

 

3) Hand out flyers to passers by

You will all be given Reclaim the Night flyers to give to passers-by to explain what the march is about.

 

4) Road crossing and making sure no-one’s left behind

Lead the front of the march to ensure that marchers cross the roads safely. Position yourself at the back of the march, making sure no one gets left behind. Keep in touch with the ones at the front via walkie talkie so you have an idea of where we are.

 

5) Walking with women to Nottingham Women’s Centre for the after party

We’re having an after party at the Women’s Centre with food and music. Walk up to the Women’s Centre with groups of women, in a more informal way, after the rally in Market Square.

 

6) Communicating with the core team about any issues

Keep yourself safe and strive to avoid hostility, negativity and heated argument. If you feel in any way harassed or threatened, remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible to a safe place; alert Katie if possible.  Call the police 999 if you feel in immediate danger.

 

7) First aid

We are looking for first aiders – can you help?

 

8) Returning things

Everything not used (banners, glow sticks, flyers, high vis jackets), please return to Katie who will be in front of the PA at the Rally.

 

The Route

The march will gather at Sneinton Market, march through Hockley and end in Market Square with a rally. We will then head to Nottingham Women’s Centre together for food and music J

Stewards will be provided with:

  • A high vis jacket
  • A set of flyers about the march
  • Megaphone as instructed
  • Training

 

Steward training

All stewards will be required to join us for a fun, empowering steward training session at the women’s centre on Friday 1st Nov between 5pm – 7pm.

 

Do you want to join the team?

If you can steward, or are interested in stewarding for the first time, please email katie@nottinghamwomenscentre.com by Thursday 18th October with the following information:

  1. Your name

 

  1. Your phone number (so I can text you reminders)

 

  1. Do you have any accessibility requirements for this volunteering role?

 

  1. Are there any other skills you can offer? Could you organise a glitter stall at Sneinton Market? Are you a musician/could you help with the after party? Are you crafty – could you help with banner making?

 

 

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Equation Launches #SupportNotSilence Campaign

This September, Equation is launching its brand new #SupportNotSilence campaign in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The campaign aims to help men recognise signs of domestic abuse and get support from the local helpline (0115 960 5556). 

Using an attention-grabbing social media and print campaign, #SupportNotSilence will be running throughout the month in the City and three County districts: Newark and Sherwood, Broxtowe and Bassetlaw. 

The campaign coincides with wider publicity around men’s experience of domestic abuse following global movements relating to the wider issues of domestic and sexual violence, in addition to high-profile media coverage of prosecutions in cases of domestic violence towards men. Despite the increase in publicity, there are still many male survivors who don’t know how or where to seek support. 

Sophie Maskell, Campaigns Coordinator, says: “From working with men through Equation’s Domestic Abuse Service for Men, we have learned that men often don’t realise what they’re experiencing is domestic abuse and many others feel unable to speak out.  

Our cultural attitudes around masculinity can also lead men to believe that speaking out about domestic abuse will make them appear weak. We want our campaign to challenge those attitudes and better represent men’s experiences to ensure male survivors feel less isolated and more confident in seeking support.” 

 

What do we know about domestic abuse towards men? 

Anyone can experience domestic abuse and everyone’s experiences are different. Men can experience any form of domestic abuse from a person of any gender.  However according to local statistics, men are more likely to experience domestic abuse from other men and the types of abuse they experience are more often psychological and emotional. However, this does not mean men’s experiences are any less valid. 

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 

These forms of abuse can cause significant harm and have long-lasting effects on mental health and well-being. Survivors can experience depression, anxiety, substance misuse problems and may complete self-harm or suicide.  

Find out more

What support for men does Equation offer? 

The service provides time-limited support to men who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse. 

  • Risk assessment to identify risk of harm to the client 
  • The type of support provided will be identified against risk level and need 
  • Support may include practical and emotional assistance, and signposting to other specialist services such as counselling 
  • Assessment will be made to ensure that work with the individual is appropriate and safe. 

Equation operates structured safeguarding and assessment protocols in its work with men. 

If you are a man experiencing domestic abuse in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire, you can get free and discreet advice from Equation’s Domestic Abuse Service for Men: 0115 960 5556.  

 


 

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Equation is Hiring in their Children and Young People Team

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Freelance Facilitator – Children and Young People

Hours: Flexible

Salary: £11.28 – £14.03 per hour

Flexible working hours on a self-employed basis, predominantly during school hours and term times. We are looking for individuals to join our freelance facilitator team. One of several such posts, this role’s primary duties are in delivering domestic abuse and healthy relationships awareness projects with children and young people in line with Equation’s business plans, values and priorities.

The amount of schoolswork can vary throughout the academic year, however there would be an expectation that successful candidates could offer a reasonable amount of time per term to cover school projects, especially during busy periods.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

 

Applications deadline: 9.00am on Friday 6th September

Interviews: 17th & 18th September

 

Information Pack:

Equation’s work with young people

Freelancer information pack

Equation’s Vision, Mission and Values

 

To apply please download the application form below and return to Equation’s HR Lead on admin@equation.org.uk

Application Form

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Reflective Practice | FAQs

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What is reflective practice?

Reflective practice has been described as the process of ‘learning through and from experience towards gaining new insights of self and/or practice’, often by examining everyday assumptions (Finlay, 2008). It helps us develop personally and professionally and creates an organisational culture where accountability, innovation and compassionate care can thrive.

 

Why is it important?

Reflective Practice is an essential part of developing new skills and cementing learning. At a fundamental level it develops an individual’s capacity to respond to challenges, make timely decisions, manage emotions, conduct productive relationships and cope with stress (CIPD, undated). Habitual and systematic reflection develops:

– insight and foresight

– emotional intelligence and regulation

– planning, decision making and critical thinking

– compassion and empathy

– resilience and coping strategies

 

How do we facilitate reflective practice?

Creating a culture of reflective practice involves investment and effort throughout the organisation. Reflective practice needs to be prioritised despite the pressures and demands of the workload.  Oelofsen (2012) outlined the following prerequisites for effective reflective practice in organisations.

 

  • Reflection should be part of the organisation’s culture

 

For reflective practice to make a difference, organisations need to instil a culture of reflection and this needs to be modelled at all levels within the organisation. Staff are more likely to prioritise reflective practice if they see their managers do so. This will ensure that a thoughtful, reflective approach to service delivery is valued for its contribution to good thinking, good decision making, and excellence in quality of care throughout the organisation. Investment in staff and reflective practice aligns with a range of organisational development issues, such as ethics, engagement, empowerment, well-being and sustainability.

  • Opportunities for reflection should be created outside governance and supervision processes

In order to increase investment and to encourage honest, self-evaluative reflection, it is important that staff have an opportunity to reflect outside of supervision or case management. One of the main reasons for this, is to avoid the inherent power balances evident in these relationships and perhaps underlying conflicts (for example, an individual’s relationship with their manager may be the subject of the reflection). Bringing in an external practitioner to facilitate reflective practice also enables everyday assumptions to be explored and challenged. Every organisation has its own culture and atmosphere that shapes working practice. An internal facilitator is not part of these everyday working norms and can offer a different perspective that encourages staff to question their assumptions and examine implicit aspects of the organisational culture. This permits staff to critically evaluate themselves, their organisation and their practices and encourages them to be invested in generating solutions and innovative approaches to the problems they face.

  • Reflective work needs facilitation within a context of systems thinking

Effective reflection in organisations tends to be possible when the process is formalised and facilitated in some way, perhaps through facilitated group work. The process should also contain feedback loops so that the outcomes of reflective sessions can be considered for further action within broader systems where relevant.

  • The reflective capacity of participating staff need to be developed

The skills involved in effective reflective practice (critical thinking, emotional intelligence, inquisitiveness and self-awareness) are all qualities we can enhance and develop through practice. In a time of cost saving and budgetary restraints, staff training budgets can often be restricted. While this can alleviate pressure in the short term; the long term impact on staff morale can end up costing organisations more. Staff who do not feel valued, supported and invested in are less happy and productive at work. A culture of reflective practice helps alleviate and confront underlying causes of high sickness and attrition rates. It provides a space for staff to acknowledge problems early and consider what they need to overcome any difficulties they are experiencing before they become entrenched and established.

Ultimately, the potential benefits of reflective practice can be transformative for an organisation. Sessions encourage better decision making, better and more compassionate care, increased staff wellbeing and engagement, and empathic, reasoned responses to the complexities of client care.

 

 

 

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Uk’s First Nationwide RSE Day | 27th June 2019

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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) becomes compulsory in all schools this year. Primary schools will need to ensure they offer relationships education to their pupils and secondary schools will be required to deliver both relationships and sex education. In announcing these plans, the government has acknowledged the benefits of RSE both to children and wider society, particularly with reference to the prevention of domestic abuse. The plans have been received as a welcome development by many, including schools where this education is already being delivered and the positive impact can be seen. Many schools already offer RSE with many doing it well. The new reforms intend to ensure that all children and young people have the same access to a universal provision.

Equation have been delivering domestic abuse awareness and healthy relationship education to young people in schools across Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire via our Equate Package for many years and are big believers in the following five outcomes our projects and other good quality RSE can provide.

 

1) Increased Understanding of Relationships

RSE is vital in ensuring all young people have the opportunity to explore and learn about healthy relationships. RSE projects allow them to fully understand what relationships are, who they have them with and what the qualities of a healthy relationship look like. If young people have access to well-designed RSE they can begin to explore what relationships mean to them, what they consider to be important in a relationship, and what they themselves can offer in their own existing and future relationships.

 

2) Heightened Aspirations

Young people accessing relationships education will increase their aspirations for a healthy relationship, and this reduces their vulnerabilities to experiencing an unhealthy relationship. Young people will be able to recognise the warning signs of unhealthy relationships more readily. This is something that can otherwise be difficult for young people, as well as adults who did not receive relationships education. Recognising the signs of an unhealthy relationship is likely to increase their confidence that they deserve better, and encourage them to seek support.

 

3) Improved Confidence and Self-esteem

Young people are much more likely to have healthy, positive relationships when they have high levels of confidence and self-esteem. Relationships and sex education should not overlook the importance of ensuring young people understand positive coping strategies, know what they can do to make themselves feel good and how to support others to increase their own confidence. If a young person has low self-esteem they might feel that they need to have an intimate relationship to make themselves happy; this can lead to unrealistic expectations of the relationship and the young person may not be as happy as they expected. Encouraging young people to be comfortable with who they are before they begin a relationship can have a positive impact on the relationships of young people. It is important that young people know how to love themselves, know their self-worth and know that they and others deserve to be happy.

 

4) Better Understanding of Consent

Alongside healthy relationships education, young people also need to be able to access information about sex and consent. Accutane is taken two times daily with a meal. Do not chew or struck the pill. Swallow it whole buy accutane skin care online Accutane may also be used for other dermatological diseases treatment as determined by your doctor. This is why Equation delivers sessions to young people on personal space. These sessions allow the young people to explore their rights and responsibilities over their own and other people’s bodies, the complexities of sex and consent and to develop a clear understanding of the legalities of consent. Young people often feed back to Equation after these sessions that they didn’t know about consent before; they want information to make free and informed decisions within relationships.

 

5) Prevention of Domestic Abuse

1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives. By understanding more about relationships, young people become better equipped to identify when things are not right and feel more confident and supported in speaking out. RSE education increases the chances a child will know where to go for help and support should they ever need it. Even in instances where domestic abuse is not able to be fully prevented via RSE (for example, if it is already occurring within the child’s home), the harm it can cause can be significantly reduced.

 

Want to know more about how to get involved in Nottingham’s first RSE day as either a school, parent or organisation? Visit the Equation website for full details.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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