Written by Kylie Barton, Young Carers Volunteer
Written by Jean Roberts-Jones, Chief Executive, One Community
Knowing where you are going is a fundamental requirement of running a charity, but sometimes as well as stopping along the way to smell the roses, you need to be prepared to make a detour to bring in more passengers; to enable more people to get to the destination.
I’ll explain why I raise this. This week I sat in on a presentation by 4 great students from the University of Southampton, Joe Massey, Tom Webb, Dominic Speight and Joe Smith. They had been tasked to work with One Community over 12 weeks as part of a Student Consultancy Programme. We asked the team to look at sustainable ways to help raise funds for our Young Carers Project.
After our team and the students met they agreed to focus on two specific areas; social media and legacy funding. They began by understanding what the aims of the project were, and then arranged meetings to speak to local businesses and the local library, to gauge local option. [Read more…]
Written by Kylie Barton, Researcher
At present it is a little known fact that HMIC promote a mandatory arrest approach to domestic abuse (DA) cases. This method has been under some scrutiny from academics, practitioners, and frontline professionals for some years, and the tide may just be changing.
I completed a report in December entitled ‘Once Called, Twice Shy’ for Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes to look into the issue. The aim was to look at what victims wanted from the police, and the results were extremely varied, showing that as suspected; every case of domestic abuse should be assessed individually.
Written by Amie Simons
When I was a child, singing was one of my favorite things to do. It didn’t matter where I was or who I was with for that matter, I would sing until my heart felt as if it would burst. As I got older though and became more conscious of the world and of myself in it, I started to gain awareness of the fact that I wasn’t very good. I didn’t get the lead roles in the school musicals, I couldn’t hit those high notes and unfortunately I wasn’t always in tune. My confidence began to slowly diminish and I became a ‘closet’ singer; one that would sing in the shower when no one else was in the house and in the car where no one else could hear me. It was only at the age of 25 when I decided to learn the guitar that singing re-entered my life and I realized how lonely I had been without it all those years. I finally felt reconnected to a long lost part of myself that I didn’t even know was missing.