Cwtch update

With the help of the FRC Dignity Fund, Cwtch Education has been very busy over cwtch-logo-300x101the past few months writing, visiting schools and planning events. Here is an
update on some of our projects.

We have been putting the finishing touches to our book for teens on the negative impact of pornography; covering topics such as addiction, trafficking, unrealistic expectations and the objectification of women.  We are in currently in discussions with publishers, one of whom is The Naked Truth Project.  We are also looking to work with them on a school-based scheme for more vulnerable “Pupil Premium” students.

A few weeks ago, we visited a local state special school and worked exclusively with all the girls, many of whom have autism and EBD. Living in a society that marginalises them for who they are can make them more susceptible to exploitation online and in relationships. We worked with them to build their self-esteem by challenging social norms, finding ways to promote positivity and improve their support networks.

cwtch girlWe also visited a school in Wandsworth working with 360 students, many of whom admitted to being involved in sending inappropriate images and having “friends” online that they didn’t know. We also ran a parent’s workshop providing techniques for talking about sensitive issues.

Without the support of the dignity fund, many of the projects we are involved in and are planning wouldn’t be possible as so many schools are struggling to find additional funding for education and training in this area.  Very often it is schools in the most deprived areas that have the most vulnerable young people and require the most support.  For example; we have been called into a school in the heart of Portsmouth where students are getting drawn into early sexualised behaviour and becoming victims of sexual violence (often caused by what is being viewed online)

cwtch boyIn addition to our work in schools, we are planning several community projects for the autumn, including working with young mum’s who increasingly find parenting in a digital age a struggle and for teenage girls with mental health issues due to the pressure of social media.

Many thanks for your continuing support.  We know it is very much appreciated by those we work with and is such a blessing to us too.

Lisa and Fran

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