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         Welcome to the Basis Yorkshire Newsletter!

We've had an especially busy few months here at Basis Yorkshire, outlined by the  lots of things to update you on, including funding success, new staff members and some exciting media coverage. Don't forget to keep updated with all our latest news by following us on social media and checking out our website...

94 North Street

We’re really delighted to announce that we have moved premises to a new, bright and airy office! The new space will offer many more opportunities for women and girls to access the activities, services and support that they want. We’ll be able to see more women and girls, with more things to offer and more opportunities for positive changes. It’s a big move for us as we leave behind Oxford Chambers where we began as Genesis back in 1986!
 
This is a optimistic new beginning for all our service users, staff, volunteers and Trustees to further engage with women and girls, empowering them in their life choices. Our premises are warm and welcoming, offering a place of safety to all the women and girls who want our information and support. We support sex workers and sexually exploited young people. We also have a new service for women who were sexually exploited as children. We are an organisation full of strong and resilient women, committed to challenging stigma, discrimination and dis-empowerment. 
 
We are very grateful for the support of our donors, supporters and allies and look forward to sharing our successes with you in the future.

Fantastic Fundraising
 
It was hard work, but we did it! On August 6th, a group of staff members, volunteers and their friends took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge with a target to raise £1000 for Basis and to complete the hike within 12 hours. Not only did they finish in 11h 54 min, but raised a whopping Â£1,357 including giftaid and offline donations, a huge success! Thank you to all participants and their supporters and your generosity so far, and if you’d like sponsor the team further, you can go to our JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/basis 
Welcome Jo and Fiona!

We are delighted to welcome a new member to our team, Jo Hall, who will be taking over Taylor’s old position as a Historic Child Sexual Exploitation worker. Jo has recently moved from Nottingham to Leeds, and is continuing the support to women provided by Taylor over the last 12 months. As our team grows, so does our ability to reach a wider group of women; Jo will be working intensively to support these women who have experienced CSE in the past,and who now will benefit from her support. We wish her all the best in her new position! 
We also are thrilled to welcome Fiona Meth, who will be working consistently with the women on outreach every week. She is a fantastic addition to our growing team, and we are sure she will do a fantastic job
New Drop-in, Vlogs and events

As of Sep. 5th, our drop-in will be extended to every afternoon from 1pm to 4pm which, in addition to one to one sessions will be gradually developed with a timetable with activities such as information sessions on benefits and housing advice or sexual health, cooking classes, beauty treatments etc.  Watch this space!

Not only are we are offering new activities for girls and women in our new office, we also want to reach out in new ways to both service users and the wider community such as through Vlogs and different events. We are continuing our campaign to raise awareness about sex work and child sexual exploitation, from the local student population to nationwide organisations across all sectors.
 
Off to Uni! 

Basis sends huge congratulations to two of our service users who are off to Uni. One of them had been working with the New Futures Project over the last 18 months since she made the decision to exit sex work and will be studying psychology at the University of Bolton. From leaving school at 13 with no qualifications, she has studied hard and secured an unconditional offer for a four year degree course.
One of the young women who we supported when she was being sexually exploited and who has been part of the Lionesses for the past year will also be off to University to study Criminology. We wish them both all the luck in the world! 
Young People Speak Out

The Time 2 Project had its official launch in York on July 12th. It was a great opportunity to find out more about our new CSE service and the team in North Yorkshire, with speakers from the University of York, North Yorkshire police, Basis Training and the BLAST Project. We also heard from two young people who had been supported by Basis Young People and are now part of our ex-service user group the Lionesses who delivered extremely powerful messages about their own life-stories.
Outreach Van 
 
Along with our shiny new office, we have acquired a shiny (second hand) outreach van! Thanks to Leeds City Council and the Lodge of Fidelity, we can now provide a space for our service users to sit, have a chat and a hot drink throughout the evening. The van is a safer and more comfortable place to have discussions, raise any concerns and better support women while on outreach.
11th October - Save the Date
 
To celebrate the move, we are hosting a launch event in our new office, on 11th October. This will be a great chance to exhibit our new facilities that we aim to become a hub for the women as well as using it for training, workshops etc. Invites for this will be sent out shortly but for now please Save the Date!
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