Time to Talk

Today is Time to Talk Day; the nation’s biggest mental health conversation. Happening every year, it’s a day for friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together to talk, listen and change lives. We know the more conversations we have, the better life is for everyone. Talking about mental health isn’t always easy, but a conversation has the power to change lives. Explore ideas on how to take part in Time to Talk Day, from organising an event in your local library or hosting a lunch and learn session to simply sharing information on social media or texting a friend. Make space in your day for a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.

Safer Internet Day : 7th February, 2023 : Together for a better internet

Safer Internet Day : 7th February, 2023 : Together for a better internet

Save the date for Safer Internet Day 2023 which will take place on Tuesday, 7 February 2023. Significantly, it will be the 20th edition of the campaign! As usual, much of the campaign's activity will play out on social media. Be sure to check Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, and review the #SaferInternetDay and #SID2023 hashtags to keep track of - and contribute to - the discussions. Go to : https://www.saferinternetday.org/home to read more about more about practical ways in which you can get involved in the campaign, not just on Safer Internet Day but all year around. Whether you are a young person, a parent or caregiver, a teacher, educator or academic, a policymaker, or whether you represent an organisation or industry, everyone has a role to play in creating and maintaining a better online world.

#ITSNOTOK

#ITSNOTOK

Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of sexual abuse and violence and to provide an opportunity for any organisation or individual to engage in dialogue. Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week occurs on the first full week of February. For 2023 that will take place from 6th to 12th February.

LGBT+ History month

LGBT+ History month

LGBT+ History Month : Claiming our past – Celebrating our present – Creating our future. LGBT+ History Month is for everyone; whether you work in education, a museum, library or art gallery, a business, a service, are a member of a network/social group or an individual. It is celebrated every February across the UK, was founded in 2004 by Schools OUT co-chairs, Paul Patrick & Professor Emeritus Sue Sanders, and was first celebrated in February 2005.

A warm welcome to….

.... Emily Hamilton, student social worker, who joins us today, on placement from UEA for the next few weeks. We look forward to working with her.

Relationships workshop

Relationships workshop

Do come & join us...........

True Friends of The Magdalene Group

True Friends of The Magdalene Group

A nice lunch with the trustees today - to mark the occasion of the retirement of two long-serving & loyal colleagues. Janice Hulett & Nick Miller have been staunch supporters of The Magdalene Group, with over 25 years service between them. Presentations were made to recognise their commitment and dedication; it was a sad - but very fond - farewell. THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH!

Conflict Management training

A full day's conflict management training today with tutor, James McCullough. of Broadland District Council; the objectives of the course : enabling an understanding of the causes of conflict; exploration of communication techniques to prevent conflict escalating; identification of our own styles of conflict management (this topic probably raised most lively discussion!) & finally an understanding of what makes people aggressive & how we can respond to this. Feedback from my colleagues follows.

Domestic Abuse Provider Event

Beth & Natalie, two of our Doorway Women's Service practitioners, attended; here's some interesting feedback : * NCLS; Norfolk Community Law Service have a new initiative called Family and Domestic abuse service - support with protective injunctions, child arrangements, home office applications, form filling for court and a free help line service. * Mapping of domestic abuse services across England and Wales found victims generally wanted counselling, therapeutic services and mental health support. * East of England were found to have the highest percentage of services that could not meet the demand for domestic abuse, with a percentage of -21%.

Courtesy of Terrence Higgins Trust…..

Courtesy of Terrence Higgins Trust…..

Emma from Terrence Higgins Trust kindly put together some iCaSH gold card kits for our Doorway Women's Service. Thank you!