July was another big month for us. We couldn't even fit everything into this blog! Here are some of our highlights.
In July we welcomed our second intern, Lesley Kituka and she has been incredible to work with. She's been leading the creation of our Youth Advisory Board which you can find out more about here.
We've been working steadily behind the scenes on our collaboration project with Oxford Brookes University. Soon, we'll be share more information about our campaigning course for rebel girls and non-binary students. Keep an eye on our socials for more information!
Abena Oppong-Asare MP hosts an incredible yearly activism school for students in Erith and Thamesmead which we were proud to be part of for the third year in a row alongside campaigning expert Rima Amin. The students were really passionate about tackling a variety of societal problems, including consent misunderstandings, the environment and racism. They’re going to have a really bright future!
We’re determined to support the rehabilitation process of inmates by delivering consent and healthy relationships workshops in prisons. This month, we got one step closer! We’re in final talks with two female prisons, which told us up to 90% of inmates are in abusive or coercive relationships which keen them in the justice system and lower their self-esteem to such an extent they won’t engage with educational programmes to help them escape as they feel they’re not worth it. This must change. We’re determined to make that happen!
We were sky-high this month when visiting the Barclays offices in Canary Wharf, London! We discussed how we can take our business to the next level and the type of consent and healthy workplace relationships support the bank may need. Watch this space.
Goldsmiths wrap up
We finished our project with Goldsmiths University at the end of July, for which we helped strengthen the university’s new Wellbeing Research Project, designed to make services more accessible to a range of audiences. We focused on the links between consent and mental health and connecting academics with diverse audiences. We really hope to work with them again soon on this incredible project.
Future of Britain
We’re been working with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change on our campaign to ask retailers to drop the price of period products in line with tampon tax ending and in July, they invited us to their annual conference entitled ‘the future of Britain’! It was really inspiring to hear from amazing speakers such as Deborah Meaden, Jamie Oliver, Kier Starmer MP and Emmanuel Macron. We also secured a meeting with supermarket giant Boots to help boost our campaign – more updated to follow!
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