ACE Awareness

ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) – Are a complex range of stressful or traumatic experiences that children can be exposed to whilst growing up, including those that directly harm a child (e.g. abuse, neglect) and those that affect the environment in which a child grows up (e.g. parental separation, domestic violence). ACEs can be prevented by building resilient and nurturing communities, families and individuals. Join us from 2 pm ro 4pm on the 12th March 2019 at St. Oswald’s Church Community Hall, Fecitt Brow, Knuzden Brook, Blackburn for a free community screening of RESILIENCE. This hour long film chronicles the beginning of an international movement to prevent childhood, trauma, treat toxic stress and improve the health of future generations. With the rising concern of the mental health and well-being of our children and young people, not to mention the stresses families are facing, this film seeks to make visible the impact of childhood trauma. It also gives us hope that we can be resilient in the face of adversity. This film is important for anyone who wants to find out more about toxic stress and ACEs and those who are interested in joining a growing movement of people who want to see an end to childhood trauma and its effects in later life. The film will be followed by a question and answer session with an expert panel, which will focus on how, as a community, we can work together to address the issues of childhood trauma and how it impacts all aspects of our lives and systems (education, health, work, police). There is no charge for this event. Refreshments will be available

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Newsletter March 2019

Dear All,

So much has happened since the October conference!

I am writing to ask for your continued support.

Our young people have been part of the Children’s Future Food Enquiry, and have even appeared on Channel 4 News

The Youth Empowerment programme is continuing apace and they are working on further films which explore child poverty issues including the costs of ‘Free School Meals’ and access to water. The latest film of our responses at the conference is in production and will be released shortly we hope, delayed only by Aaron Dunleavy’s success as a filmmaker!

We have worked hard to put a partnership bid in to build upon the Summer Lunchbox programme by offering meals for older children as well as those linked to the Childrens’ Centres, and to provide positive activities. Keep everything crossed for a successful outcome. We have also put in a bid to pilot the Childhood Obesity Trailblazer programme, across Pennine Lancashire, again in partnership with a number of other organisations.

As we discussed at the conference, we would like to create a task and finish group to consider the forward plan and pledge to give us the basis to grow the movement. Some people did put themselves forward for this, and have been emailed; but it could be that others are also interested – probably only one meeting might be required, and the follow up could be by email unless the group wanted to meet. Please could you respond to me directly – the meeting would take place on Thursday, 14th March at 1500 – 1700 latest at St Oswald’s Parish Hall, BB1 2AT.

I hope shortly to let you know how the Eat Well Strategy Group and BwD Food Alliance are going move forward together. In the meantime, we hope to have another Alliance gathering on May 1st – probably in the afternoon, 1500 – 17.00, details to be confirmed.

Food Power -March news

Tackling Food Poverty through people powered change. See all the latest news

Government announces measurement of household food insecurity
On Wednesday the Government finally agreed to measure household food insecurity by including ten standard questions in the UK’s Family Resources Survey this April. After many years of campaigning by Sustain, Church Action on Poverty and their many national and local partners, this is welcome news and a vital step towards better policy and an end to hunger in the UK. Read more.

Food Active Feb bulletin

 NEW Food Active Report: Purchases of price promotions in the North West Work commences on North West local authority trailblazer programmes Food Active North West Consultation Event on Price and Place Promotions Healthy Stadia takes action on junk food sponsorship in sport NEW Food Active Position Statements: Energy Drinks and Healthier Vending Food in Care train-the-trainer course – book your place now! A roundup of the latest news, resources, events and more…

Food Power Project report

Young people from Blackburn with Darwen featured in the national news and local radio, following the making of a film which can be found at

Gillian Beeley, Together Lancashire  – The fact that young people were at the heart of our campaign made the message more compelling – they spoke truth to power. Committing resources to the film production was a risk well worth taking.

When you work as a group, saying you want to change things, more adults listen. We want to do more things (like going to Westminster) to raise awareness to help people realise what food poverty is.  Tia Clarke, BwD Youth Empowerment Forum on Channel 4 News

As a result, there has been more exposure on Channel 4, involvement in the Children’s Future Food Enquiry, presence at conferences. Critically, the Council lead members and offices for Children’s Services and Public Health have committed to reviewing all policies to assess impact on child poverty, and supporting the development of the Food Alliance. The Young People’s movement is now gaining pace and traction through the Youth Empowerment Forum and Youth Parliament.

Holiday Activity Fund bid update

Bid to Holiday Activity Fund to Department of Education Partners have put together a bid for funding to extend the programme to provide food and holiday activities during the summer holidays. The bid could be worth up to £1m, and would greatly enhance the amount of provision in Blackburn with Darwen for those on free school meals, at both primary and secondary levels. ‘The Blackburn with Darwen Food Alliance has been involved in developing the bid’, said Gillian Beeley, from Together Lancashire which leads the Alliance. ‘Partners include the Children’s Centres, Public Health, Blackburn Youth Zone, and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and Lancashire Foundation Trust. We hope to build on the fantastic work done by Kingdom Outreach over the last two years.’ The fund will enable partners to offer positive activities as well as a hot meal once a week as well as other meals to those in most need in our communities. ‘Whether or not we get the money, relationships are strengthening as we explore what we might all do to support our communities and ensure that our children are given the best possible start in life.’ added Gillian.

Nightsafe Goes Green in 2018

Nightsafe worked with a number of partners including the John Laing Foundation to deliver a very special project over summer. Young people enjoyed the great weather to work outside on an allotment – and got to grow and cook the vegetables they grew.

Thanks to all the partners, all recognised in the video, and in particular Andy Mather from Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s My Place project, who worked with the young people.   He also supported them in building raised beds at Cornfield Cliffe, the young people’s hostel Darwen. There were of course so many others involved, and grateful thanks to all!

Hayley Bury, Youth Inclusion & Dispersed Outreach Worker at Nightsafe, said, ‘it was life affirming – no-one knew whether the young people would take to the project, but they thoroughly enjoyed it.  Just take a few minutes to look at what they achieved!’

There are more photographs of the project on our facebook page  

One young person was so interested in the project that they were taken on as an assistant and most gained basic AQA qualifications.

They are all looking forward to the new growing season … watch this space.