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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...

Young People Speak Out: Breaking Through

November 3rd was a day of celebration as we launched the animation titled Breaking Through: Moving on from Child Sexual Exploitation. It was an equally moving and enlightening event that not only opened a discussion amongst professionals, but most importantly gave a voice to the young people who have experienced CSE. Watching the animation was accompanied by three young people speaking about their experience making the resource and a touching reading of one of the stories by a local actress. Huge thanks go to Nula, Skye and Emily and to the animator, Lucy Barker for their superb effort. 

The resource has already featured on a number of social media outlets including the today program, where Kate Brown, the lead researcher on Breaking Through from York University and also our Chair, can be heard speaking about its message here

Click here to freely download the resources and watch the animation! 

New Office Launch
 
We had equally successful events to celebrate the move to our fabulous new office – one for our service users, and one for our trustees and partner agencies. It was a chance to enjoy the recent successes of the charity and introduce the opportunities now available to us, in the form of our spacious training room and drop-in centre.
We very much look forward to using both rooms to host more training and a complete support centre for our women, with a packed timetable of visits from housing specialists, oral, sexual and mental health professionals and organisations such as Forward Leeds and Touchstone.
 
Funding

We’re delighted to announce that Basis Yorkshire were awarded a grant from Garfield Weston which will help us to develop crucial areas to improve the impact of the work we do as well as funding core costs. In addition, we were awarded the Winter Wellbeing grant from the Leeds Community Foundation again this year. This is aimed at supporting service users from our Basis Sex Work Project, both indoor and outdoor to access warm clothing as well as reduce isolation in the winter months through activities in our new building. and access other support agencies.
 
Upcoming Events
 
We are hugely excited to start organising our campaign leading up to December 17th – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Worker’s. This is always a significant day in our calendar, and this year we aim to reach out to even more women by arranging a series of events to raise awareness and funds.
One of the key events will be an art exhibition on December 9th consisting of a collection of work (by any artists that are interested) on the topic of sex work; so do get in touch if you would like to get involved!
You can find the link for the event here.

Between 1 and 17th Dec. there will be a series of activities to raise funds and awareness of the safety of sexworkers which we will updating you on - if you'd like to support or get involved please get in touch! 
 
Halloween Bake Sale 

On Halloween, Basis Yorkshire held a very spooky bake sale in the plush office space of No.1 Aire Street, raising a wonderful £88.41 for our service users. Many fruitful and interesting conversations were had about how we help women  and young people in Leeds, with a few volunteer offers and new additions to our mailing list (welcome!) Thanks go to Sarah Shayping who helped us find the perfect spot to sell our tasty treats! If you would like to do a bake sale yourself, please get in touch.
 
Yorkshire Evening Post 

The Historic CSE project was launched into the limelight again recently, as Taylor spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post about her role supporting women aged 20 - 46 who have experienced exploitation. We are hugely proud of the work she has done and incredibly pleased to see her work continue with Jo Hall, who also spoke about her succession from Taylor. Jo is already doing a fantastic job working with a number of women who often have little other support available to them. The article can be found here. 
Immigration Operation

A few weeks ago, we were witness to the immigration activity by the UK Border Agency in the managed area. This led to a number of women being detained and sent to Yarls Wood whereas others were asked to supply further documentation within 30 days. We have supported the women to the best of our ability on the night and following. We have seen a reduction in the number of migrant women working in the area, which may mean some are choosing to work in a more hidden and more unsafe manner. In addition, it has disrupted the trusting relationship with the police for the migrant women.  A statement about this can be found on our website.
 
Welcome Back Joan!

We are thrilled to welcome back a previous member of Basis staff, Joan Coulton, who has taken on the new role of Housing First Outreach Worker. Joan was previously an Outreach Worker at Basis for 5 years, before she went to learn more about housing support with Shelter at New Hall and Leeds Housing Concern. Joan will be working with women so they can access housing through the new Housing First Project, an  innovative and exciting scheme which offers secure housing and intensive support to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. We wish her all the best!
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