One Community have launched a new domestic abuse report entitled ‘Once Called, Twice Shy’ which is the culmination of a short six week project commissioned by the Hampshire OPCC. The project’s goal was to gather victim opinions and experiences on the police response in domestic abuse cases.
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Written by Amie Simons, Hampshire Young Carers’ Choir Coordinator, Eastleigh Young Carers Project
The Star Awards is a celebration of the Saints Foundation, which is an independent charity aligned to Southampton Football Club, and in particular the achievements of some of the charity’s participants who have worked hard to change their own and other’s lives for the better during 2015.
It therefore seemed fitting that this year, One Communities very own young super stars were asked to perform at this prestigious event. The Young Carers Choir, which began in June 2015 with thanks to a grant from Youth Music, comprises of 14 Young Carers from across Hampshire, including Eastleigh, Romsey and Winchester. During the month of December, they worked alongside other young musicians from Newtown Studio’s, including MC’s, drummers, saxophone players and guitarists, to put together a fantastic performance for the Saints Foundation awards ceremony which was held at St Mary’s Football Stadium.
The Star Awards performance, which took place on Tuesday 15th December 2015 and was to an audience of over 100 people, can be viewed here. We are very proud of the young carers who were involved. It was wonderful to see their confidence flourish throughout the rehearsals and the enthusiasm and spirit was amazing.
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One Community Researcher, Kylie Barton, has this year decided to forgo the festivities to raise money for a cause close to her heart.
Kylie Barton, from Eastleigh Hampshire, took the decision when the charity she volunteers for, Eastleigh Young Carers, lost £120,000 worth of funding. Kylie cites several reasons for her decision, including the commercialisation of Christmas, that it is a holiday for those who follow religion, and quite simply because she doesn’t need any more ‘stuff’.
Eastleigh Young Carers is a local project supporting 8 -18 year olds who are caring for a family member with a disability or illness. We have been working in the Eastleigh Borough for over 16 years. Our aim as a project is to improve Young Carers lives by providing opportunities for respite, to meet others in a similar situation, and take some time out of their caring role. We have over 150 Young Carers registered on the project, and from census data and research we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg within Eastleigh Borough.
Kylie has also recently been nominated by colleagues for the Halifax Giving Extra Community Awards for her time contributions to the project.
“There are others in this world far more in need than me, including the amazing and inspiring young people I volunteer for. This is why this year I am doing things a little different, and am urging others to do the same. Instead of wasting money on toiletry sets that never get used, yet more socks, or an amount of sugary treats we shouldn’t even consumer in a year let alone a few days, I am asking people to give whatever money they were planning on spending on me to my chosen charity. In return, I am asking those who I would buy presents for which charity they would like me to donate to in their name. People have been more than happy to take part and think it is a lovely idea.”
If you would like to help Kylie on her quest, you can donate to Eastleigh Young Carers (part of One Community) here (make sure to leave a message saying it is for Kylie’s Young Carers Christmas appeal).
You can also read the full story as featured on the Huffington Post here.
JANUARY UPDATE – Kylie raised a total of £420 which will be used to transport 13 young carers to a week-long residential trip in Devon, giving them a holiday they wouldn’t have had otherwise.
Fareham Borough Council has confirmed the appointment of One Community to provide support for community and voluntary groups
in Fareham and help lead the Council’s new ‘Big 3’ initiative.
Seeking to build strength, capacity and opportunities to provide a vibrant community and voluntary sector in the Borough, the ‘Big 3’ will provide a focused package of support for the benefit of local groups. It was developed following a county-wide consultation with community groups and specific focus areas were identified:
- Volunteering and skills exchange
- Funding advice and support
- Governance and building community resilience
One Community has been awarded a two year contract that takes effect on 1 October 2015.
Chief Executive of One Community Jean Roberts-Jones said, “We are delighted to be awarded the tender. We are really excited about this new opportunity and we’re looking forward to working with some new groups and new branches of groups we already know.”
Impact Report 2014/15
Please click on the link below which will take you to an online version of the 2014/15 Impact Report
One Community and the PCC have been working together over the last year to research how best to support young people in Hampshire who have experienced domestic abuse historically. Positive Steps Project Researcher Kylie Barton submitted the report in March and has since received much positive feedback from participants and professionals in the field.
First Winner of Bobbie Jones Award Announced
The first Bobbie Jones Award for Carers has been presented by One Community to Carol Barfoot of Eastleigh’s Carers Action Network.
It is hard to imagine anyone who has contributed as much as Carol Barfoot to the cause of Carers in Eastleigh.
When the Carers Act was passed in 2004, a carers’ consultation group was formed in the borough. This later became Carers Action Network (CAN), a group which came together to challenge health, social and educational services to ensure that the Act was implemented and that carers’ views were made known.
Carol was at the heart of this campaign, and it was out of this work “so dear to her heart as a carer for her son” that One Community Carers Centre was established.
Carol has continued in her unstinting work as an advocate, supporter and mentor to carers through her work with CAN and her ongoing support to One Community’s Carers Centre.
The award was established by One Community in memory of Bobbie Jones, a long time trustee of the charity, who died last year and is greatly missed. It was presented to Carol Barfoot at One Community’s AGM at Pavilion on the Park, Eastleigh on Tuesday 22 September. Bobbie’s son Mark Jones was present and the presentation was made by Bobbie’s granddaughter.