LA7 ESF Community Grants Funding Available for third sector organisations

Grants of up to £15k are now available to support inactive/ unemployed people to help their progression towards further learning and employment.

Gateshead Council learningSkills, on behalf of the 7 Local Authorities (LA7) from the North East LEP area, is seeking bids from Third Sector Organisations for the provision of community projects. This is the fourth round of procurement and we are offering grants of up to £15,000 to support a range of activities aimed at assisting inactive/ unemployed people to move closer to the labour market.

House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Domestic Abuse: Rights of Women submission

Rights of Women submission to the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Domestic Abuse. This response concentrates on access to legal aid for women survivors. Legal aid was not a specific area of enquiry under the Government consultation, despite its relevance and ability to impact on the success of a wide range of measures that are proposed as inclusions in the Bill. 

LimeCulture ISVA services survey

As part of the development of the new ISVA Service Quality Standards, LimeCulture CIC is working with a number of organisations providing and commissioning ISVA services, as well as policy leads from the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and NHS England. They are seeking responses to a survey from people who have been supported by an ISVA:
- What was positive about your experience of ISVA services?
- What difficulties, if any, did you experience in finding out about ISVA services, accessing or receiving ISVA services?

Commons Committee hears evidence on upskirting

On Tuesday 10th July, witnesses including Chair of the Women & Equalities Select Committee Maria Miller MP, Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt of the Metropolitan Police, and Gina Martin, an upskirting survivor who started a petition last year to have the practice recognised as a specific criminal offence in England and Wales, gave evidence to the Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill Committee at the House of Commons.

‘Revenge Porn' And Upskirting Remind Us Sexual Offending Is Not About Sexual Arousal

Is ‘revenge porn’ a sexual offence? Yes is the clear answer given by many victims. But the Government continues to claim that ‘revenge porn’ – the non-consensual sharing of sexual images – is not a sexual offence, meaning that victims are not entitled to automatic anonymity when reporting to the police. Read the latest blog post, ‘Revenge Porn' And Upskirting Remind Us Sexual Offending Is Not About Sexual Arousal by Professor Clare McGlynn. 

Smart home gadgets in domestic abuse warning

A list offering guidance to those affected by smart home devices being used to control or harass them within abusive relationships has been published online. The UK team behind the "tech abuse" list, including researchers from Privacy International and University College London, says it was created to "better inform and guide victims of technology-facilitated abuse as well as those working with them". Read the full BBC news article here

'World Cup spike in domestic violence leaves refuges full'

As Darlington Borough Council launched an investigation into why recent weeks had seen a “significant increase” in children being referred to social services, charity Harbour said the combination of a heatwave and major sporting tournament had created a perfect storm, leading to all its Tees Valley refuges becoming full. Read the full article in the Northern Echo here

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