Tuesday 27th October : Training by Bal Howard
29 October 2020
"On Tuesday we had the pleasure of a full day's training with the amazing Bal Howard. She took us through honour-based abuse, forced marriage, FGM (female genital mutilation) and modern slavery in such an informed and sensitive manner, using lots of case studies to highlight the ‘human’ within these forms of abuse. Bal was an amazing facilitator and we’re looking forward to embedding knowledge within our practice. It was particularly interesting for the young people's workers within our Rose Project to discuss the NRM (National Referral Mechanism) and its uses within the exploitation context." Abbie Haines, Specialist Women's Outreach Worker
28 October 2020
Trustees’ Week is an annual event - with NCVO one of the organising partners of the campaign - showcasing the great work of the 700,000 volunteer trustees who run charities in England and Wales. Trustees are volunteers who take on ultimate legal, strategic and oversight responsibility for an organisation’s work. They play a vital leadership role in any charity. Trustees’ Week 2020 will take place 2–6 November. It's an opportunity to highlight the excellent work of trustees, support boards to improve their governance, and encourage new people to consider trusteeship and volunteering opportunities. We support Trustees' Week, & would like to pass on our sincerest thanks to our lovely trustees - Georgie, Nick, Caroline, Janice, Rowland & Lucy - for all they do to support us at The Magdalene Group. Thank you is never enough.
Youth Strike 4 Climate
22 October 2020
A few weeks ago, the Head of Quality and Compliance (maternity cover) met with Florence from Youth Strike 4 Climate, Norwich to speak about our Environmental Sustainability Policy and to ensure as an organisation we are doing enough to limit our impact on the climate. As a women’s and young people's service we recognise that climate change is a gendered-issue meaning it impacts women and girls disproportionately, as women commonly face higher risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change in situations of poverty, and the majority of the world’s poor are women. Many young people are also now reporting mental health issues related to climate anxiety. During our meeting Florence made some excellent suggestions including considering the use of Ecosia (https://www.ecosia.org/?c=en) an eco-friendly search engine that plants trees with its profits. Every time you make a search a tree gets planted! We also spent time discussing the impact climate anxiety is having for young people and how as an organisation we can be sensitive and supportive when dealing with young people and adults who experience this type of anxiety. It was also helpful to have Florence remind us that although we have a responsibility to try and be as eco-friendly as possible as an organisation, 71% of global emissions come from 100 companies and we need to keep this in perspective.
Vacancy : Women’s Outreach and Inclusion Practitioner
22 October 2020
We will shortly be posting details of this new opportunity, based within our Doorway Women's Service, for a Women's Outreach and Inclusion Practitioner. Further information, together with an application pack, will be on our vacancies page soon.
14 October 2020
World Mental Health Day : Saturday 10th October
06 October 2020
Transition Service Case Study 2020
01 October 2020
"The Magdalene Group have shared their practice and learning from the Transition Service that they have and continue to develop. The service provides support for young women aged 16 to 25 experiencing exploitation and multiple disadvantages. Thank you to the Magdalene Group for sharing this case study with the NWG Network and special thanks for collating points around what worked well. The resource is available to download on NWG website resources search Transition Service Case Study 2020." NWG Network
Visit by the High Sheriff
17 September 2020
"Suzi, Jonna, Vivienne and I, on behalf of The Magdalene Group, were really pleased to welcome the High Sheriff of Norfolk, Lady Roberts, to King Street last week, particularly as due to the Covid restrictions she has been unable to visit many charities since taking up office in April. However, she was well briefed by Jonna and Suzi, was extremely interested in hearing about Doorway Women’s Services and the Rose Project and congratulated everyone on the hard work that has gone on throughout the pandemic. She offered her support and Suzi is following up with her." Georgina Holloway, Chair of Trustees
Annual Report : 25 years of building trusted relationships.
14 September 2020
CEO report : This year sees The Magdalene Group achieve 25 years of unfailing commitment providing support to women and young people who experience sexual violence, coercion and exploitation. The work has gone from strength to strength as we have grown to become the foremost provider of service for women and young people in Norfolk. Trust is the foundation on which we have built our services, working in complex environments and being responsive and flexible to meet the needs of service-users as we adapt to their changing circumstances. We then reflect these to develop relationships with many funding-partners who understand that they are purchasing the capacity for us to learn and adapt accepting and appreciating this as part of the services we provide. Over the last two years we have benefitted from investment and learning from The Listening Fund where we have embedded a culture and practice of listening to what the women and young people we work with need, say, and feel about our organisation which helps us to effectively adapt our projects and continue to provide services that are most needed. We were pleased to have been selected as ‘most significant organisational change of adopting a new understanding of and/or approach to listening across the organisation at a strategic level.’ The Magdalene Group recognises that in order to sustain and develop our services we needed to invest in the capacity of our organisation and have been pleased to introduce a Senior Management Team looking at Quality and Compliance and Business Opportunities to help further identify gaps and continue to provide dynamic and creative solutions in our field of work. The Trustees, volunteers and staff who make up our workforce are our biggest asset and as such we are pleased to have invested in training and development to retain their skills in working together to ensure we deliver quality, trauma-informed interventions, whilst retaining effective safeguarding judgements and responding to crisis in order to build trusted relationships.
Sexual Health Week : 14th – 20th September
11 September 2020
The theme for this year’s national Sexual Health Week is making sexual health inclusive. For Sexual Health Week 2020, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in schools. Brook believes in a society where all young people are free to be themselves; the education they receive at school plays a vital role in that; Brook is running a whole host of activities to help schools Get their RSE in Gear! 😊