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- October 2022

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

This month has seen much change, not least in the rapid transition of government and the change of seasons. To find stability, we must connect and support one another and our communities. Below we share initiatives and tools that do just that, as well as examples of collective action.

The London ACEs Hub has launched our ACE-Aware and Trauma-Informed Safeguarding Policy & Procedures. These have been developed in consultation with our LAH Network and external collaborators, comprising input from trauma survivors, multidisciplinary professionals, and community advocates. Feel welcome to view these documents and use them to inform your work and relationships, so that ACE-aware and trauma-informed practice can be built into our organisations and communities at all levels.You can access our Safeguarding page under News & Initiatives.

If you have any feedback or items you'd like to share for the next newsletter, please get in touch with us at [email protected]

Time for News for Action!

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London ACEs Hub

The recording of our most recent Racial Justice Open Conversation - A co-production between young people and practitioners in celebration of Black History Month, will be made available in the coming weeks. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified as soon as it goes live!

Beyond the Hub 

An interactive online evening session by Evolve music that supports community music organisations and practitioners to work towards a Trauma Informed approach, providing information and skills that will impact delivery and the development of approaches.

Date: 3 November 2022

Cost: £22

This 1.5hour session is aimed at informing Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Local authority officers and other senior colleagues who would like to know more about the training that “Trauma Informed Schools UK” offers to schools and may be considering funding their staff on the 10-day Diploma training, or individuals considering applying independently.

Date: 14 November 2022

Cost: FREE

A hybrid event, with both live and virtual tickets available, showcasing best practice, examples of leadership skills and whole school approaches that will motivate, inspire and support teaching teams on their Attachment and Trauma Journeys.

Date: 22 November 2022

Cost: £129+

THIS (The Healthcare Improvement Studies) Institute's annual virtual event focusing on sharing the evidence base and stimulating discussion on improving the quality and safety of healthcare.

Date: 23-24 November 2022

Cost: FREE

An interactive introductory online workshop with Dr Jacqui Dillon & Jo Watson on understanding hearing voices from a non-medicalised perspective.

Date: 30 November 2022

Cost: £29.70

This half-day online session by Kazzum Arts introduces practitioners to the key principles within a trauma-informed approach. The session is interactive and holistic, using the arts to explore both theory and practice within a trauma-informed approach.

Date: 12 January 2023

Cost: £35

An online conference by Trauma Informed Schools UK and TRUK. This event brings with practitioners and experts with lived experience who work with vulnerable people and is for schools, communities and public services; or anyone working with children, teenagers and adults who have experienced trauma.

Date: 24 February 2023

Cost: £75

Equally Ours is offering free workshops and learning, funded by Trust for London, for organisations in London working on poverty, discrimination, multiple disadvantage and injustice. This training will help you share the value of your work and move public attitudes on the issues you care about.

Date: January/March 2023

Cost: FREE


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The National Audit Office has released a report examining the setup of ICSs by DHSC, NHS England (NHSE), and their partners and the risks they must manage. 14 October 2022.

A report by Hannah Webster and colleagues, published by the RSA and funded by the Wellcome Trust. 21 October 2022.

Action & Tools
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This whole-school training package will support schools on a Trauma and Attachment Awareness journey, which will equip staff with new knowledge enabling them to develop ‘trauma-informed practice’. Released by Birmingham City Council, The Arc and Emotion Coaching UK.

The London Community Fund launched the Together for London fund on Thursday 27 October. The fund is open for applications until 12 noon on Thursday 17 November for charities and small organisations. They expect to be making around 100 grants of up to £10,000 each. 

Racial Justice
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Catherine Ross, the Editor for blackhistorymonth.org.uk writes about the theme for Black History Month 2022, and being an ally. 30 June 2022.

A report by The Traveller Movement exploring why Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children experience the school to prison pipeline and how it can be interrupted. July 2022.

An article by Maya Bello-Taylor for IBHM-UK shedding light on this piece of history. 20 October 2022.

Lived Experience

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Peer Support Workers and Experts by Experience at Think4Brum and Forward Thinking Birmingham share their experiences of mental health and their stories of hope and recovery.

News & Initiatives
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Click above to visit our Safeguarding page and download the policy!

Dame Rachel de Souza has called on police forces in England and Wales to submit data on the number of strip-searches carried out on children, in the wake of the Child Q case. Published in CYP Now, 14 October 2022.

Jessica Koreis and Resilient Georgia (RG) completed this project to learn from our peers and better understand the current landscape of TIC/ACEs efforts nationally. Article published in PACEs Connection, 14 October 2022.

London Funders have been working with HEAR Network, Inclusion London, LGBT+ Consortium, The Ubele Initiative, and Women’s Resource Centre) to develop a collaborative funding programme, offering grants to civil society groups in London, called Propel. It is about giving the capital’s civil society and communities the flexibility and capacity to explore, develop and lead collaborative ways of tackling some of London’s biggest challenges.

 Tower Hamlets Council Small Grants Fund has re-opened for applications. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 16th January 2023. This Fund is administered by EECF on behalf of the Council and is designed to support voluntary and community sector activity across Tower Hamlets that will make a positive difference to the lives of local residents.

Articles & Books
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Dr. Gabor Maté talks to the Sickboys podcast on CBC Radio about trauma, it's impact, and it's normalisation in today's society. 13 October 2022.

KCA (Knowledge, Change, Action) write about how these quickly changing and complex times affect us and how we can connect and support each other. 18 October 2022.

An article written by Gill Batty, in Mad in the UK. 25 October 2022

A Dot of Inspiration

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"Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding back and forth and amplify it."

~ Ursula K. Le Guin

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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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