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Worried about the future? Rising crime, increasing prices, unemployment, the future for our young? Want to be part of the solution & not the problem. We need to empower ourselves to effect change in our community. Walk This Way signposts you to how you can do this in both big & small ways. Helping you to be the change you want to see.
The Ollie Foundation
Panel discussion hosted by The OLLIE Foundation on International Women’s Day 2021. We are The OLLIE Foundation – OLLIE stands for One Life Lost Is Enough.
We are a suicide prevention charity based in St Albans. We deliver suicide prevention training, wellbeing workshops and mental health support, along with hosting discussions like this one to expand the discourse on important topics relating to suicide prevention. For more information about us and our work,
Please visit our website – https://theolliefoundation.org/
Heard about an event we ran but missed it?
Did you know we have recordings of some of our live panel events and talks available to watch in full on our YouTube channel?
Gender & Suicide – Are We Leaving Women and Girls Out Of The Conversation? https://lnkd.in/dMi_nui
The Trauma of Relinquishment – Adoption, Addiction and Beyond https://lnkd.in/dMETHWx
Inside A Depressed Mind – And How To Help https://lnkd.in/dJw3vKz
More recordings will be shared as and when they are available
If someone you know tells you they’re experiencing suicidal feelings, listen, empathise and be non-judgemental. This can make them feel heard. And may encourage them to open up more. Don’t downplay their feelings or try to give advice. Let them talk for as long as they need to.
Then when they’re ready, you can think together about what is making them feel this way. Try to get a sense of what they feel has brought them to a place where things are so bad. Ask if there are any changes that could be made in their life to help take the pressure off in the short term.
Last of all, reassure them that you can find support together. Let them know that you care about them and you’re there for them. Show them that they are not alone. Say they can get through this. And they can get help and support.
WHAT WE DO We provide early intervention and prevention and tackle these issues at the root.
We help those most at risk through conflict resolution and to protect those from being exploited or caught up in bullying, Knife crime, peer pressure, county lines, crime, grooming, money laundering , gangs – either as victim or perpetrator.
Our engaging workshops help and support parents, young people and others de- glamourise this lifestyle. We highlight the reasons people get involved and the consequences of doing so and help young people make better choices.
Jeremiah Balfourth, 21, from the University of Kent, began his internship with Deutsche Bank earlier this summer.
Jeremiah shares his experience of the programme:
“I was fortunate enough to be partnered up with Deutsche Bank… interning in the Treasury Strategic Liquidity Investments team. #10000BlackInterns hosted numerous workshops to prepare me for my internship and provided a free Financial Edge Training course which supported my knowledge and understanding of the Banking sector.
By just applying, you open yourself up to an array of opportunities, insights and a network of like-minded individuals who are eager to learn and get their career started”.
This summer, we’re proud to be opening applications for over 2,000 internships across 24 sectors.
Find out more about the initiative, and how to make the most of your application at:
Young people from racialised communities are more likely to experience mental health difficulties but often can’t get support that works for them.
That’s why we’re joining forces with UK Youth and The Diana Award on a project led by young people with experience of racial injustice that will reimagine mental health support.
If you’re 16-25, are passionate about mental health equality and identify as Black or Black mixed-race, apply to be one of the Changemakers driving the project:
How early do your students become aware of their place in society?
What do they experience at the hands of their peers and educational “professionals”?
The Many Voices of the Classroom (Diversity Training)
Purpose: A workshop where staff get to hear the voices of the marginalised and the ‘other’ in their classroom. They engage with first-hand accounts of the experiences of young people and the impact that they as teachers have (both good and bad).
Outcome: Participants will develop practical ideas about how to make the classroom (and the school community at large) a more conducive learning environment for all young people.
CommonwealthYouth programme has been supporting member countries for over 40 years.
The programme empowers young people to realise their potential and lead change now and for the future. Learn more: https://lnkd.in/dNKgEQD6
To stop people becoming gang members, being exploited or participating in violence and encouraging a more integrated and equitable approach
To strengthen adults and young people by building their emotional and cognitive resilience, better enabling them to “say no” to gangs violence, drugs, crime and other form of exploitation
To effectively mitigate risks through preventative measures and early intervention assisting statutory and third sector in ensuring an effective response
We focus on improving & combating institutional racism and discrimination
- As an organisation, we are committed to the following:
- Work alongside anti racist charities
- Liaise and convey reforms with local MPs
- Review strategies with certified legal practitioners
- Promote and distribute relevant online petitions
- Work directly with the general public to review and validate their initiatives with the intention of turning an idea, into legal, lawful amendments
- Legal employment advice
- Referrals on various legal matters via our accredited partners
- Corporate race relation training and workshops
HEALTH / LEGAL ADVICE / OPPORTUNITIES / BOOKS & MORE
#SAY NO TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
I got flowers today. It wasn’t my birthday or any other special day. We had our first argument last night. He said a lot of cruel things that really hurt me. I know he was sorry and didn’t mean the things he said. Because I got flowers today.
I got flowers today. It wasn’t our anniversary or any other special day. Last night, he threw me into a wall and started to choke me. It seemed like a nightmare. I couldn’t believe it was real. I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over. I know he must be sorry Because he sent me flowers today.
I got flowers today. It wasn’t Mother’s Day or any other special day. Last night, he beat me up again. And it was much worse than all other times. If I leave him, what will I do? How will I take care of my kids? What about money? I’ m afraid of him and scared to leave. But I know he must be sorry Because he sent me flowers today.
I got flowers today. Today was a very special day. It was the day of my funeral. Last night he finally killed me. He beat me to death.
If only I had gathered enough courage and strength to leave him, I would not have gotten flowers today.
This poem is dedicated to all the victims and survivors of Domestic Violence.
#share for awareness
Black Girls in Tech was founded with the purpose of becoming a community for black women.
It was created to be a safe space where black women can come together, encourage/motivate one another, and help each other on their journey.
At our core Operation Black Vote exists to ensure we have greater racial justice and equality throughout the UK.
We work specifically, but not exclusively within the democratic and civic framework to deliver our objectives.
We seek to inspire BME communities to engage with our public institutions in order to address the persistent race inequalities we face in areas such as: education, health and employment.
Our work spans a number of areas including voter registration, lobbying politicians, mentoring schemes and political leadership programmes.
Our work began in July 1996 (16th) at the House of Commons, as a collaboration between two organisations: Charter88 which campaigns for democratic reform; and the 1990 Trust a national generic policy research and networking organisation.
After 19 years of campaigning our voice is now heard at the highest level of Government both nationally and locally, but perhaps of greater importance is the fact that we are often viewed as a beacon of hope and support for our own communities.
We would be unable to do this crucial work without our important donors, and are therefore grateful for the current core funding received from Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Esmee Fairbairn.
Suicide prevention day is an awareness day held every year on this day to provide action to prevent suicides around the world.
Suicide wears many faces , with more than 700,000 people dying by suicide worldwide each year. It is also the single biggest killer of men under 45.
The information here is just a start on ways we can support someone that is suicidal from a place of compassion and empathy.
There are many organisations who work around the clock to provide immediate support to those experiencing suicidal thoughts- a few of them are listed in this post.⠀
Please help to re-share for signposting information and additional services available as conversations have the potential to save someones life.
HEALTH / LEGAL ADVICE / OPPORTUNITIES / BOOKS & MORE
Rocking the Boat is the extraordinary new memoir from former Metropolitan Police (Met) Superintendent Paul Wilson.
Throughout his incredible 31-year career, Paul was instrumental in creating genuine change within the force and this new book chronicles those challenges in an entertaining and often painful true-life account.
What does the Pan-African archive look like? Sound Like? Feel like? Where does it begin and where are its limits? How is the archive expressed within our own cultural frameworks?
Our work explores these questions. Our exploration is creating something beautiful. We are changing our narrative. History is healing.
We cannot decolonise what was never ours to begin with – but we can always create.
When we face the past we understand the present. In understanding the present, we shape our future.
The Black Card Lottery
is a subscription lottery, players can win cash prizes with a minimum of 35% of sales going back to support black based charities across the UK.
A community focused way to raise funds for Afro-Caribbean pupils to raise their education attainment in the UK.
Sign up to play today with nothing to pay until we reach our target to launch of 1000 members/players.
BLACK BRITISH LIVES MATTER
Boasting contributors from Doreen Lawrence to David Olusoga, Henry and Ryder’s wide-ranging and urgent anthology highlights the vital benefits that Black Britons bring to society and the crucial importance of eradicating systemic racism.
In response to the international outcry at George Floyd’s death, Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder have commissioned this collection of essays to discuss how and why we need to fight for Black lives to matter – not just for Black people but for society as a whole.
Recognising Black British experience within the Black Lives Matter movement, seventeen prominent Black figures explain why Black lives should be celebrated when too often they are undervalued. Drawing from personal experience, they stress how Black British people have unique perspectives and experiences that enrich British society and the world; how Black lives are far more interesting and important than the forces that try to limit it.
‘We achieve everything not because we are superhuman. We achieve the things we achieve because we are human. Our strength does not come from not having any weaknesses, our strength comes from overcoming them’ – Doreen Lawrence.
‘I always presumed racism would always be here, that it was a given. But the truth is, it was not always here, it was invented.’ – David Olusoga
‘Our identity and experience will shape every story, bleed into every poem, inform every essay whether it’s about Black ‘issues’ or not’ – Kit de Waal
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
A charged and necessary wake-up call to pervasive, institutionalised racism, Eddo-Lodge’s searing polemic reconstitutes the frame of the argument around race, removing it from the hands of those with little experience of its resonances. From ambient and lazy cultural stereotyping to open hostility, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is a clarion call of understanding.
I’m no longer engaging with white people on the topic of race. Not all white people, just the vast majority who refuse to accept the legitimacy of structural racism and its symptoms… You can see their eyes shut down and harden. It’s like treacle is poured into their ears, blocking up their ear canals. It’s like they can no longer hear us.
In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren’t affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’.
Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised by this clear hunger for open discussion, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings.
Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism.
It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.
Why more men should become social workers
At Frontline, we believe social workers should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. Boys and young men make up more than half the children that social workers support, but only 14% of children’s social workers are men.
We spoke to Ronan, a Frontline programme participant, and Ross, a practice tutor on the programme. Why should more men become social workers? Read on to find out what they said.
Why We Kneel, How We Rise
Now, in Why We Kneel, How We Rise, Holding shares his story together with those of some of the most iconic athletes in the world, including Usain Bolt, Adam Goodes, Thierry Henry, Michael Johnson, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Makhaya Ntini, Naomi Osaka and Hope Powell. He delivers a powerful and inspiring message of hope for the future and a vision for change, while providing the background and history to an issue that has dogged the world for many centuries.
Through the prism of sport and conversations with its legends, the book explains how racism dehumanises people; how it works to achieve that end; how it has been ignored by history and historians; and what it is like to be treated differently just because of the colour of your skin.
David Simon is an author and educationalist. He is the author of the Genius series that includes the best-selling books How to Unlock Your Child’s Genius and How to Unlock Your Genius Using Black History.
He co-founded Simon Education in 1987 which has gone on to support over 6000 African-Caribbean families in the UK. He has won numerous awards as an educationalist and a novelist/poet, including the Peterloo Poetry Award. He is also the founder of Black Book Festival, an annual event to promote Black writers globally.
You asked, we’ve delivered!
Mentorship 2.0 is live and accepting applications for MENTORS.
This 14-week program will run from 18th October to 17th January with a two week break to account for the holiday season in December. We have lots of resources to help you if this is your first time mentoring so take the plunge, just simply click this link https://lnkd.in/eFYcVGP6 and APPLY.
You could be a part of the next success story!
Everyone versus Racism
‘The best of England’ The New Statesman
‘A powerful open letter about racism’ The Sun
‘I just want equality, equality for all of us. At the moment, the scales are unfairly balanced and I just want things to be fair for my children, my grandchildren and future generations.’
On 13 June 2020, Patrick Hutchinson, a black man, was photographed carrying a white injured man to safety during a confrontation in London between Black Lives Matter demonstrators and counter-protestors. The powerful image was shared and discussed all around the world.
Everyone versus Racism is a poignant letter from Patrick to his children and grandchildren. Writing from the heart, he describes the realities of life as a black man today and why we must unite to inspire change for generations to come.
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) was established in 1976 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and education institute to help improve the socioeconomic circumstances of African Americans and other under served communities. We envision a world in which the black community is free of all disparities and able to contribute fully to advancing the common good. Our mission is to advance the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. All CBCF and CBC Spouses programs are supported by fundraising events and the generous support of our corporate partners. Each year, CBCF sponsors the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), which provides a national forum to develop strategies and viable solutions to public policy issues facing Black America. Our leadership education programs provide unparallel fellowship and internship opportunities on Capitol Hill to dozens of young people every year.
Our mental health system is stacked against Black people. As a mental health charity, it’s vital we recognise this. Did you know that:
Despite being more likely to experience a mental health problem in adulthood, Black people are less likely to receive support.
Black women in the UK have higher rate of post-traumatic stress, are at higher risk of suicide and are more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Black people are three times more likely to be the subject of ‘restrictive interventions’ such as being restrained or held in isolation while in hospital.
These inequalities are not acceptable. We will continue to fight for change in mental health services, in Black History Month and beyond.
Find out more about Black History Month and how to campaign for better services