The year flew by. Donâ€™t we utter these words every year? Yes we do and the shops were showing signs of Christmas before Halloween or Guy Fawkes had even taken place. With my children I had rules in place for Halloween, Guy Fawkes and Christmas that no longer exist for my grandchildren, so the little Rug Rats can get me to buy Sparklers, make pumpkin masks and get me all caught up in their secret Santa culture. My children take great pleasure in pointing out my double standards in parenting, but isnâ€™t that a thing for all grandparents? Where we can be totally relaxed about things because we don't have to deal with the consequences.
It's brilliant. Having said that I do have my boundaries with them, even if my sons think I've become a soft touch. If they start misbehaving I can give them one of my hard looks, the one my mother use to give me and it usually works on them. On the other hand if their own mothers tried it, the little Rug Rats would ask, and I quote; 'why you looking at me like that, mummy?'
WIN started 2014 with clear aims to strengthen our working partnerships with other organisations. We accomplished this beyond our dreams. We have been inundated with requests for partnership working beyond what we can physically manage. This has made us ecstatic and we look forward to sharing more developments in 2015.
Pure Potentialâ€™s Step Up 4 Armadale project is in great need of support financially and globally. The director Marie Sparks works with passion to get the girls, the survivors of that terrible fire the help they desperately need. WIN has pledged our support and will continue to raise awareness for the healing and economic empowerment for these girls. Keep up with their progress and see how you can help at: http://stepup4armadale.wix.com/stepup4armadale
WIN grows from strength to strength in our working partnership with One Step Forward Consultancy, hosting the annual Every Woman Inspired. This project is still in its infancy but has shown so much potential, we are truly excited by the global developments that are taking place.
Over the summer The WILDE Foundation with our partners, Maendeleo Services and CAM Women and Girls Network were successful in training 14 young women and girls to become Domestic Abuse Ambassadors on our Free Me To Be Me Training Programme. We have since had more success in acquiring funding to increase the skill base of these ambassadors.
Our ultimate aim is for every woman and girl to be economically empowered with an understanding of the power and control dynamics of domestic abuse, and a full understanding of what constitutes a good relationship. And if we fall short of every woman and girl achieving this, we will settle for one.
The WILDE Foundation, our charitable arm have acquired three new members on our board of Trustees. We look forward to the new and creative energy they will bring as they steer the foundation towards self sufficiency. They will continue to oversee the developments of our community projects, local and international and they all come with skills and knowledge that will enhance the foundation.
Next year February 14th our Protect The Girl Child Campaign will once again be taking part in 1 Billion Rising, which continues the awareness raising of domestic and sexual abuse against women and girls globally. Iâ€™ll update you on what we have in store for 2015.
We Will Tell Our Own Stories
The Every Woman Inspired Conference highlighted what we already knew. That women are ready and willing to work with each other on a global scale, that if we were in full control of our own lives and finances then the likelihood of living in abusive relationships would diminish quickly.
Empowerment & Well-Being was the theme for 2014. We were joined by a small army of women and girls for the day-long event jam-packed with talks, presentations and breakout sessions that were 100% focussed on empowering and inspiring women. Throughout the day there were also unique opportunities to network and connect with women from Africa and the US.
Out of this wonderful day came the idea of publishing our voices from Kellie Magnus, Children's Author and Director at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies. Turning Pain to Power is a collection of stories which will be read at EWI 2015 before it goes on for publication.
The response has been positive in Jamaica and interest coming in from women's organisations in Kenya, Nigeria and Grenada. The potential is awesome and weâ€™ll keep you in the loop about 2015 Every Woman Inspired and hope we'll see you there. The Theme for 2015 is Economic Empowerment & Engaging in Change.
In the mean time we invite you to share our memories and enjoy our photos.
Our youth programme attached to Every Woman Inspired, Inspire A Girl Big Up A Boy has touched the hearts of many of you who have donated toys, clothes and funds towards school fees. Next year we look forward to working with more Jamaican based organisations to raise awareness of the sexual abuse of girls and young women and ensuring our girls and boys are economically empowered to serve their futures. We want to ensure that girls understand about safety and boys about consent.
Help us by spreading the word and supporting us, you can sponsor a girl for as little as Â£10 per week. Just drop us an email and we'll send you more information.
Chanina, one of our sponsored girls who is doing really well in school
Filling The Void
This is a support group for passionate women who have overcome experiences of domestic abuse and are seeking a deeper connection and purpose in their lives.
Facilitated by Keeley Taverner, Accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist with extensive experience of group facilitation and Suparna Dhar, The Freedom Coach, Trainer and Author.
In each meeting you will meet women who have a desire to support, learn and inspire one another. With joint expertise in the fields of psychotherapy and coaching you will explore different themes each month in a safe and non-judgemental setting.
The group will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at Christ Church, Redford Way, Belmont Rd, Uxbridge, UB8 1SZ from 7- 9:30 pm.
The early bird rate is Â£25 which includes refreshments and spaces are
limited to 6.
Are you a Black British writer in theatre, TV, film or radio?
Have you had at least two scripts produced in any of these formats?
Are you based in the UK?
If your answers to these questions are yes, Eclipse Theatre Company wants you to be part of a Revolution.
REVOLUTION MIX is a three year project that will commission and produce Black British writers across theatre, film and radio culminating in the largest delivery of Black British stories ever seen in this country.
At least 10 writers from across the country will join Eclipse for a three year journey from development through to production, starting with a workshop in Sheffield during March 2015.
If you are interested and meet the criteria, please email your CV an an example of your writing by 15th December to firstname.lastname@example.org
ARE YOU OR DO YOU WISH TO BECOME
AN ACCOMPLISHED CREATIVE WRITER?
If so and you are interested in attending any of the following groups please email email@example.com for further details
And that's all from us for this year, we have enjoyed sharing our journey of 2014 with you and thank you for your continued interest, feed back and support. Wishing you all that you wish for yourself with prosperity, good health and joy. You'll be hearing more from us in 2015.
Something to think about: We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.