Working with Women's Aid
Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.
We're delighted to be on their 16 Days of Activism Blog talking about experiencing domestic abuse as a teenager and why it's so important young people are educated early on about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Read Chlo's blog for Women's Aid here.
Women's Aid have also just launched a brilliant toolkit for parents about control in teenage relationships. The toolkit is designed to help with recognising when your child's in an unhealthy relationship and gives advice on how to talk with and support your child. Find out more on the Women's Aid website or download the toolkit now.
Featured on the Brook website!
The lovely people from Brook contacted the Speak Out project to ask if we could write about domestic abuse and advice for young people for their website.
You can read Chlo's story of domestic abuse, which eventually led to her setting up the Speak Out project, here.
Thank You to Peabody Housing Trust
Big thanks to Peabody Housing Trust for holding a brilliant SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) and Consent conference on Wednesday 27th May. We were delighted to speak on the young people and experts panel at the event in London.
Discussions on the day included: What's the most important topics to cover in SRE (Sex and Relationships Education)? Should schools teach about consent? Should SRE be compulsory? In a world of developing technology, how do we keep young people, teachers and parents, safe and informed about sex and relationships?
It was lovely to meet so many passionate campaigners and experts and discuss how we can make sure young people are getting the education they need and want.
We win a UK Sexual Health Award!
After being nominated by staff at Brook Bristol, we were delighted that Chlo, founder of the Speak Out Project, won 'Young Person of the Year' at the UK Sexual Health Awards.
From the UK Sexual Health Awards website:
' Celebrating her win, Chlo said:
“This award means a lot to me and it is so nice to be even nominated.
“It’s amazing how much support there has been for this project, which I started because of what I had experienced, and which I never expected to become what it has.”
Judges for the awards, organised by sexual health charities Brook and FPA, said they had a tough time separating the finalists, but that Chlo’s great entrepreneurial approach to addressing a social problem – both in terms of awareness and service provision – had won through.
A spokesman for the panel of experts said:
“Speak Out is an excellent achievement for someone at a young age and demonstrates true initiative. Chlo is an inspiration.”
After experiencing online abuse, it took Chlo three years to speak out and find help.
Through the Speak Out project, which she runs alongside studying for AS-Levels in Philosophy, Sociology and Maths at North Bristol Post-16 Centre, she said she wants to help young people recognise healthy and unhealthy relationships and understand emotional abuse – both on and offline.'
The Speak Out Project is a project to raise awareness about domestic abuse in young people's relationships.
Domestic abuse is most prevalent among women under 24, but many young people people don't know enough about it or the many forms it can take.
The Speak Out project started in May 2014 when we won funding from Starbucks Youth Action. We held an awareness event on 18th July in Bristol.
We want to help young people better understand the affect all forms of abuse can have, know how to support family and friends and feel confident standing up against and reporting abuse. We also want to raise awareness and understanding with professionals so they are better able to support the young people they work with.
If you would like to be involved in the project please get in touch.