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        *Welcome to the Basis Yorkshire Newsletter!*
 

We've had a very busy and exciting couple of months here at Basis Yorkshire. Our brand new CEO came into post, we've held two successful events, started new partnerships with local organisations and much more. Read on to find out more....

 Our rebrand is still underway, and hopefully by the end of November we will have a fantastic new website to introduce to you all. In the meantime, please still use the normal website for any enquiries. All members of staff have new email addresses. Also, our twitter handle has changed - you can now find us at @BasisSexWork Project and keep an eye out for our new Instagram account for the Young People's team.
Meet Our New CEO!

Basis Yorkshire are delighted to welcome Gemma Sciré into the role of Chief Executive Officer. Gemma has extensive experience across the voluntary and statutory sector and has worked across Leeds, West Yorkshire and Humber. Her experience ranges from outreach work with vulnerable groups, to work within the Strategy and Commissioning team on offending and drug treatment at Leeds City Council, demonstrating a career long commitment to empowering those from marginalised groups. Gemma supported the development of the Integrated Offender Management model in Leeds and gained an award for partnership working in recognition of  achievements in enabling better interagency working to support offenders.  Gemma has also held Safeguarding portfolio in previous roles, working with partners to develop the 'Think Family' protocol for Leeds Safeguarding Children's Board and supporting the social work programme at Leeds University.

Her experience in mental health services, substance misuse, children and families, housing and business development will allow Basis to further develop their work at an exciting time for the organisation, as the they re-brand and extend services to meet the needs of our client groups.  Gemma says, 'I feel very proud to be leading Basis into the future, building on the fantastic success that the organisation has achieved in enabling progressive policy changes and ensuring that the focus stays on the safety, life chances and rights of the people we work with. I know that our committed and highly professional team will continue to develop work with our partners and I look forward to contributing to the development of our work in Leeds and Yorkshire.'

Gemma has a first class honours degree in Sociology and English and a post graduate certificate in Social Policy.  She is also an avid cyclist and motorcyclist.


 

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Fundraising Success!
 

A member of the Basis Yorkshire team has been very busy with a successful fundraising attempt! Carwen Jones, Young Persons Outreach Worker for Basis Young People, completed a sponsored ramble on Saturday 10th October.  This was inspired by Countryfile’s ‘Children in Need Ramble’.  Thousands of people took part in a ramble all across the UK to raise money for Children in Need.  Carwen is very much an indoors kind of girl and loves her bed, so an early morning ramble was the perfect challenge!

Carwen says “Children in Need fund my post within the young person’s team, so I felt it only right to join in.  I did my own individual ‘moderate ramble’ which was be 5.5 miles around Holmfirth.  I completed a ‘practice run’ which was maybe not the best idea as it left me with aching legs and blisters to add to my challenge.”

Carwen completed the ramble in an impressive 2 hours and 45 minutes, beating her practice time. Her fundraising total currently stands at an amazing £276.26! All money raised will be divided equally between Children in Need and Basis Yorkshire.  To donate, please see her Just Giving page using this link.

Celebrating Good Practice
On Sep. 14th, the BLAST Project, Basis Yorkshire and Basis Training hosted an afternoon conference on Celebrating and Sharing Good Practice in CSE in Leeds. Both organisations presented our latest resources and programs (including the new resource for primary schools, the new Basis resource “Is it Normal” and the Basis Historic CSE program) to an audience mainly consisting of teachers, police, social workers and representatives from the Third Sector.

Languages For Good Network

We've recently benefited from an amazing new partnership with a local network that connects small charities, community groups, and refugee organisations seeking support to overcome language barriers within their work with volunteer linguists who want to use their skills for good. The Languages For Good Network translated our street outreach flyers into 10 different languages in order to help those facing language barriers in accessing our services. Follow this link to find out more information about this brilliant new network.

P.....  and Young People Event

On 1st October, Basis Training and Leeds Beckett University jointly hosted an event that brought together Leeds based practitioners working with young people on the topic of images with sexually explicit content. Over 80 people heard presentations by Basis Training and the latest research by Rachael Eastham from Lancaster University, and watched a variety of media clips including the Is It Normal DVD, the latest resource by Basis Training.  A series of productive discussions took place exploring what is currently being done, what resources are available, the gaps in resources and the challenges that practitioners face. 

CSE Funding

Basis Yorkshire and MESMAC have received 3 year funding to implement a 3 year long CSE support program in York and North Yorkshire. The funding is from the CSE Funders Alliance, who will also be involved in the evaluation of the program. It is one of several CSE hub and spoke models that they are supporting across the country.

Fundraising Towards An Outreach Van
On Oct 8th, Basis Yorkshire was presented with a cheque of £2500 towards our outreach van fundraising initiative by the Lodge of Infidelity of Leeds. We are very grateful for their support and hope to raise the remaining funds necessary soon as it will make the world of difference to our engagement with service users and our staff.  
Keep an eye out for our crowd funding campaign to secure the rest of the funds needed!

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