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        *Welcome to the Basis Yorkshire Newsletter!*

Welcome to the first ever newsletter since our rebrand as Basis Yorkshire (formerly Genesis Leeds)! It has been a very busy couple of months here at Basis Yorkshire as we are in the process of rebranding. Read more to see our new names and logos, learn about our brand new project and an exciting event that we are running in October. 

We are really pleased to announce that we have changed our name to Basis Yorkshire (formerly Genesis Leeds).  Under the umbrella of Basis Yorkshire will sit the following projects: 

- Basis Sex Work Project providing support to women involved in Sex Work in Leeds
- Basis Young People providing support to girls and young women at risk of or experiencing child sexual exploitation (CSE) and offering, through the Lioness  group, peer support and voice to young women no longer at risk in Leeds
- Basis Historic CSE providing advocacy and support for women over 18 who have experienced CSE as a child or young woman (under 18) in Leeds

Linked to our charity (Basis Yorkshire) is the social enterprise Basis Training & Education providing training and support to education on social issues in Leeds and nationally.
Our website is in the process of being updated, as is our social media branding, although this may take a few weeks but you will start seeing emails with our new names. Our telephone number remains the same 0113 243 0036, as does our postal address and location.

Event in October 

Leeds Beckett and Basis Training are jointly hosting the event: P** nography and Young People on Thursday 1st October.

The event seeks to bring together Leeds based practitioners working with young people (social workers, teachers, youth workers, researchers from the academic, third and public sector)  on the topic of pornography and young people with the ultimate aim of providing a better service to young people on this topic, through more awareness and sharing of lessons of effective practice, improved and more widely available resources, addressing common challenges and/or developing new resources/research. Along with a number of presentations and media/resources (including the new Is It Normal DVD - now available!) on the topic, we will explore: 

-          what is currently being done on this topic in Leeds for young people and practitioners
-          what resources are available, what is working well

-          what are the gaps in resources

-          what other challenges do practitioners face in addressing this topic?

-          What can practitioners and/or researchers do to overcome the existing challenges

-          What support is needed from other parties/sources

The event starts with lunch and networking at 12.30. Attendance is free but any cancellation within 7 days of the event will incur a charge of £10. Follow this link to book or for more information.

Rosie Campbell OBE: Leaving CEO Role 

Rosie Campbell current CEO of Basis Yorkshire will be leaving the role to take up a research  post in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds in mid September. She will be working on the Economic and Social Research Council Funded 3 years participatory study of internet based sex work across the UK, "Beyond the Gaze", a joint study of male, female and transgender sex work to  be conducted by Leeds and Strathclyde Universities. Basis Sex Work Project are of the partners in the research.  A few months after joining  Basis in  November 2013 Rosie collected her OBE  for her work over many years with  sex workers locally in Merseyside and  with sex work projects and sex workers across  the UK through her work in a voluntary capacity with UK Network of Sex Work Projects and National Ugly Mugs.  Rosie says;


"I'm really proud of what we've achieved at Basis Yorkshire in the last few years, I leave at at time when progressive policy changes re sex work are taking place in Leeds and when CSE is for the first time a local and national priority. Our recent rebrand reflects that Basis is a dynamic organisation, committed to evidence based practice, always reflecting on our practice and provisions, identifying changing and new needs and trying to respond to those, always having at the heart of our work a desire to improve the safety, health, life chances and rights of the people we work with.  Whilst it's a wrench to leave the CEO role I'm very excited to be going to work on a project which will have national impact and in which Basis are a partner. Hence I will be continuing to work with the Basis sex work team on the research project  and  in my continued role as Co-Chair of Safer Leeds Strategic Partnership Group on Prostitution.  I hope to continue to make a contribution to the work of the wider team in my role as an expert adviser for the charity and continuing as Director of Basis Education & Training CIC. The team at Basis are amazing, showing such commitment and professionalism in what is often challenging but rewarding work.  It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the service users, staff, volunteers, trustees, funders, partners agencies and wider supporters of Basis. Many thanks to all I've worked with for your hard work, advice, sharing of experience/knowledge and  your support for me and the wider organisation".  

New Historic CSE Post! 

Basis Historic CSE project is up and running.  The project is a 1 year pilot, funded by the Home Office/Offiice of the PCC Norfolk sexual abuse fund to support any woman 18 year or older living in Leeds who experienced CSE at any point when under 18.  The project will offer tailored support to women based on their need, and we have a fast track referral service to Women's Counselling and Therapy LeedsOur vision is to empower women who access the service to have their voices heard and enable them to access a range of support based on individual needs and wishes.

We will do this by offering:

 - Referral and advocacy to access a range of services based on service user need and wishes
- Fast track referrals to a confidential women’s counselling service
- Information about options for reporting to the police and provide support to report, if they chose to do so.
- A safe space and opportunities for women to tell their stories
- Advocating for women who want to review previous responses to their exploitation

Please see the website for more information or contact Taylor Austin Little on 07495516961.

Funding Success!

Jimbo’s Fund have awarded us a grant which will contribute to the continuation of our Advice & Support Worker in the Basis Sex Work Project.  This worker provides specialist advice and support related to welfare benefits and housing  as well as contributing to our wider outreach and support services in the sex work project.  Jimbo’s Fund have made a significant contributing to support our work across the sex work project and young people’s service in recent years, so a massive thank you to Jimbo’s.

We have also been successful in securing a Third Sector Health Grant, which has been awarded to us by Leeds South and East Clinical Commission Group. This will enable us to employ for one year a Health Support and Advocacy Worker to; assess unmet needs, identify and establish care pathways within local health and drugs services and  build capacity and knowledge within those services about barriers faced by sex workers, their health needs locally and how to best address needs. They will work closely  with a range of health services and other partners in the locality, for example Forward Leeds & PASH, to put in place good practice provisions in response to health needs of sex workers in Leeds South & East in order to improve health outcomes.  This is the first time a clinical commissioning group has supported our work and we look forward to working in partnership to develop this initiative. many thanks to South and East Clinical Commissioning Group for funding this and recognizing the health needs of sex workers.  

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