Ambre McMinn has delivered 8 sessions in total with up to 14 children. These sessions have included content such as; 

  • Who do they trust 

  • Healthy relationships

  • Assertive rights

  • Boundaries/ rules

  • Raising confidence and self-esteem

With Ambre, they have been discussing Safety Action Plans, how to be resilient and recognise when things are not as they should be in a relationship.

Young people's mental health and wellbeing is rightly in the news and it is disappointing to hear of withdrawal of funding from preventative provision which positively supports young people welfare.

"With Ambre (NDAS' Children and Young People Prevention Worker), they have been discussing Safety Action Plans, how to be resilient and recognise when things are not as they should be in a relationship.

 

Young people's mental health and wellbeing is rightly in the news and it is so disappointing to hear of withdrawal of funding from preventative provision which positively supports young peoples welfare."

"NDAS has provided our students with access to vital information on developing safe relationships.

Students at Cleaswell Hill School have complex learning needs and a range of learning difficulties and disabilities.  It is vital that these vulnerable young people have the opportunity to focus on these areas of their social and emotional development and recognise how best to keep themselves safe."

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"[NDAS' closure] is going to have a massive effect on my service and on peoples lives. We do not have the capacity

 

It is very concerning for everybody."

Mandy Holmes, Domestic Abuse Support Services Northumberland (DASSN).

 "It will be a true travesty if NDAS cease to exist"

Domestic Violence & Abuse Worker, Newcastle & North East

"NDAS do great work to tackle issues affecting young peoples mental health and wellbeing, and it would be GREAT to see this work continue!"

Lisa Blaney, Arts & Wellbeing Manager, Bait

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My Fault

by Erin Ruddick

I stood there in the doorway, scared 
Darkened by your towering shadow 
Breathless from the tension 
As you raised your fist and said

"It's your fault, you made me act like this"

I fought back the tears of confusion 
Bowed my head in shame 
Willing you to do it 
To give me a visible wound of your intrusion

Because it was my fault, I made you act like this

You dropped your fist and said I should be grateful 
A lesser man would have lashed out 
As you shoved past my empty shell 
A little bit more broken

I was lucky, lucky you weren't a lesser man

I brought it on myself, the jibes and pushing 
Twisted words, blackmail and lies 
I must have been truly evil 
To make you so angry and crushing

The worse it got, the more I asked questions 
How could love feel like bitter poison 
The truth I found was harsh and painful 
Your love was abuse with cruel intentions

It wasn't my fault.

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