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Henry Smith Charity - new funds for the North East

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has been awarded £150,000 to operate a local grants fund in the North East in 2017 for the Henry Smith Charity.  Grants can be for £3,000 - £10,000 for one year. Registered charities (with operating income of less than £250k) are invited to apply. The deadline for the first round is 10th February 2017. The fund will support projects that benefit communities experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and those that tackle problems in areas of high deprivation in the North East.

Job: NEEVAWG e-bulletin editor

Expressions of interest are requested for a woman to produce the weekly NEEVAWG e-bulletin, and maintain the NEEVAWG website etc for 2 years from 1st April 2017. The woman appointed will ideally be based in a North East Sexual Violence organisation; be familiar with research, policy and related issues concerning violence against women and girls; and have experience in working with on-line and social media. Expressions of interest outlining relevant experience should be directed to NEEVAWG c/o Angelou Centre by 10th February 2017.

Can you help to Map the Maze?

Do you provide services for women experiencing multiple disadvantage? AVA and Agenda have been funded to map services across England and Wales that are specifically for women experiencing multiple disadvantage. Multiple disadvantage is defined as being affected by a combination of problematic substance use, mental ill-health, homelessness and/or involvement with the criminal justice system.

New Clore Social Leadership Programme opens

Clore Social Leadership is excited to announce a new six-month leadership development programme starting in April 2017. The 2017 Clore6 programme is open to leaders in the social sector with the relevant experience, who are interested in joining a cohort of excellent leaders committed to social change. A limited number of places are available on the 2017 Clore6 which starts on 22 April 2017. It is currently inviting expressions of interest for the programme. Further details available here.

Promoting recovery in mental health

The links between domestic and sexual abuse and mental ill-health are well documented. Research shows that 69% of women accessing mental health services have experienced domestic and/or sexual abuse. Evidence based practice has highlighted the difficulties faced by mental health services in meeting the needs of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and in dealing with perpetrators.

Women's Aid joins coalition against 'bonfire of children's rights'

A Bill described as "a bonfire of child protection rights", which would let councils opt out of key legal duties to children, was debated on Tuesday. The Children and Social Work Bill would let local councils apply to set aside children's rights and checks on care to try out innovative ways of working. The government argues it is a bold approach to removing red tape. But campaigners say allowing councils to opt out of these long-standing duties is risky and unnecessary.

Coercive control one year on

In a statement on the WAFE website, Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: “A year ago today, the coercive control law came into force. This marked a big step forward for understanding, preventing, and tackling domestic abuse, and Women’s Aid was instrumental in campaigning for and helping design this criminal offence. Coercive control – the systematic destruction of a survivor’s self-esteem and autonomy – is the heart of domestic abuse. There have been high-profile convictions for this crime.

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