19 November 2015
At the Rose Project, we believe that the more people know about child sexual exploitation, the better. Understanding how young people are targeted, how relationships can become exploitative and learning what help is available is important for young people, parents and teachers alike.
To make it as easy as possible for young people to find the information they’re looking for, we’ve put loads of time and energy into creating a comprehensive and easy to use website. Full of useful contact details and information about preventing and ending CSE, we’re proud of our website.
And because we’re proud of our site and the work we do, it was all the more special to be crowned the winners of the Best Christian Website in the recent Norfolk Christian Digital Communication Awards. Recognising the hard work and effort our team have put in to building and maintaining our site, this award is an important achievement for all of the Magdalene Group team.
Held at the Norwich Central Baptist Church, the first ever Norfolk Christian Digital Communication Awards saw the Bishop of Norwich hand over each coveted award. The lead spokesman for the Church of England on media issues, the Bishop, Rt Rev Graham James, spoke about the importance of digital media to the church and its effectiveness in reaching a new audience and opening up new opportunities.
With over 108 different organisations competing in the awards, everyone at the Magdalene Group was proud that our website was chosen as the winning entry. The judges said, “The Magdalene Group has worked hard to remain innovative and dynamic in reaching out to its target audience. The website is modern, relevant, functions well and the call to action is clear.”
CEO of The Magdlene Group, Suzi Heybourne says, “We are thrilled to receive this award as our Doorway Project constantly looks at how we continue to engage women people who need our services. The area of sex work has changed in that many more women now work on line than on the streets. In fact the web is the new red light area. The Rose Project is active with young people who have experienced Child Sexual Exploitation here in Norfolk and we want them to be able to contact us easily through our help-line and live chat.”
As well as being the perfect moment to take a look back at how far we’ve come, the awards were also a fantastic opportunity to see what other innovative Christian organisations have been achieving in the digital world. From social media and viral videos to informative websites and fascinating blogs, Christian groups throughout the county are now embracing the digital age and using the internet to communicate and to boost their public image.
With this important achievement now under our belts, everyone at the Magdalene Group is committed to continuing improvements and innovations both on and off line. The more information that we can provide and the more young people we can engage with, support and encourage, the more difference we can make to young people at a difficult time in their lives.
To find out more about the work we do check out our (award-winning!) website and if you’ve been affected by CSE, call our free, confidential support line on 0808 800 1037.