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- August 2022

News for Action  
A monthly newsletter to spread the seeds and connect the dots. 

Holistic treatment means more than pills and plasters. How many organisations are truly capable of meeting complex contexts and responding to ACEs and trauma-related needs at a time of stretched resources - and even more stretched staff and volunteers? Evidence suggests that there is no guarantee of success. It’s time to speak out for greater recognition of the level of support that is necessary for Londoners in need to promote healthier relationships and more resilient communities.

This issue has insights from various perspectives to help us grow our understanding of the impacts of ACEs and trauma, and find ways to improve our lives at personal and collective levels.

Healing and development come in different forms - as many as individuals and communities experiencing them. 

Would you like to add your perspective to our newsletter? Do get in touch via [email protected]

Thanks to those of you who sent items for publication!

Time for News for Action!

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London ACEs Hub

Watch our latest webinar on YouTube. To share an example of TIC practice with the Open Narrative System and add details of your service on the LAH websitefill in this form and send it to us.

Access the recordings of our three evenings on racial trauma and growth and previous Open Conversations on our Racial Justice playlist.

Beyond the Hub 

A whole day of change-making online talks, presentations, conversations, poetry from far and wide.

Date: 16 Sept 2022

Cost: Suggested donations -Unwaged £3, High Waged £60

Andrew Mawson and Sam Everington, from the Bromley by Bow Centre in East London, will describe their efforts to put social prescribing at the heart of building healthier communities.

Date: 20 Sept 2022

Venue: RSA House and Online via YouTube

Cost: Free

World leading psychologist Joy Osofsky, specialising in childhood trauma and recovery, in an online conversation with Brenda Jones Harden and Hiram Fitzgerald.

Date: 3 Oct 2022

Cost: £15 – £25

A webinar promoted by Busy Bees. 

Date: Various dates from 5 Oct 2022

Cost: Free

The Myth of Normal – Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture.

We tend to believe that normality equals health. Yet what is the norm in the Western world? Join the renowned physician for a pathway to reconnection and healing.

Date: 11 Oct 2022

Venue: Emmanuel Centre, London or Online


Live Event £30 - 50% discount for How To+ subscribers

Livestream £15 or free for How To+ subscribers

The Intersection of Poverty, Inequality and Mental Health

Date: 17 Nov 2022

Venue: Lambeth Town Hall

Cost: £25 - £179 - Limited free places available to Unwaged Travellers


Awaken Genius CEO Michael Clarke introduces its principles and programme for schools


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This report considers the changing face of very deep poverty and the risk of going without the essentials. By Katie Schmuecker and colleagues, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 25 July 2022

While there is widespread agreement in societies like the UK that every child has the right to a secure childhood and the opportunity to develop to their full potential, this does not match with reality for many of the 4 million children under the age of 5 currently living in the UK. Report by Sarah Cattan and colleagues, IFS Deaton Review, Institute for Fiscal Studies. 23 June 2022

Action & Tools
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For some people, hurt and disappointment can lead to coping patterns that damage their relationships. Zindel Segal walks us through a mindfulness approach that can help us build self-awareness, and cope with distressing emotions without defaulting to blame. Produced by NICABM.

Racial Justice
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Southwark welcomes four globes marking a sculpture trail to transform our understanding of the transatlantic slave trade and how we can take action to make racial justice a reality, together. 

Policing Priorities - Traveller Movement

The Home Affairs Committee’s inquiry into policing priorities runs until the 24th October. If you are interested in a joint submission with the Traveller Movement, or would like to know how to best ensure your response considers the needs of Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities please contact:  [email protected]

Lived Experience

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Sharing by Christine Cissy White. PACEs Connection, 6 August 2022.

Sharing by Rebecca Donaldson. Mad in America, 12 August 2022.

News & Initiatives
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Tender available: Healthy Early Years London and Healthy Schools Programme Delivery and Re-Design

Tender: GLA - 27240. 

Period: 20 October 2022 to 31 March 2024

Estimated value: £261,000.00

Expression of interest window closes: 7 September 12:00

Contact: [email protected]

Insights by Alison Escalante, Forbes, 11 August 2020.

Articles & Books
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Article by Jing Yu and colleagues. The Lancet Regional Health,  23 August 2022.

Article by Norah Sweetman. Frontiers in Education, 14 July 2022.

Article by Karine Eid and colleagues. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry (JNNP), 4 April 2022.

Article by Sara Calderón-Larrañaga and colleagues. British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) Open, 30 June 2021. 

Article by Emily A. Eismann and colleagues. Early Childhood Education Journal, 7 December 2019.

Founder of the The Forgiveness Project, Marina Cantacuzino, explores in this book what forgiveness is and what it most definitely isn’t. She also addresses how forgiveness can be an important element in breaking the cycle of suffering, and ultimately how it might help transform fractured relationships and mend broken hearts.

Founder of Soaring Spirits International, Michele Neff Hernandez, presents in this book steps based on her experience following the sudden death of her thirty-nine-year-old husband, and her subsequent work with thousands of widowed people through her innovative grief support programs.

A Dot of Inspiration

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"Don’t let those little moments of pride and joy slip away unmentioned. If you feel a positive emotion about someone, tell them. Unexpressed positivity is futile. Good will is meant to be communicated."

~ Ted Leavitt

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Disclaimer: News for Action is a collection of initiatives and information shared by members and collaborators of the London ACEs Hub (LAH).

The LAH is an independent and non-partisan network and the opinions here presented might not represent the LAH. All items included in this newsletter aim to promote constructive discussion as well as personal and collective development.

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