Metro Radio Cash for Kids Superhero Day took place last month where NDAS Children's Service Coordinator, Maggie, and Northumberland County Council Young Apprentice, Chelsie, were interviewed by Metro Radio to talk about the Young Womens Film Academy project with Little Big Butterfly (read more about it, here)
We would like to say the biggest, most sincere and heartfelt thank you to Metro Radio Cash for Kids for their support. At present, 64% of our service users have children. NDAS offer direct support to children and families affected by domestic abuse, as well as continuing to look for ways we can prevent abuse happening in the first place. NDAS children and young peoples service aims to involve children and young people in identifying ways to raise awareness, become positive role models and provide information to their peers to enable them to recognise what respectful, nonviolent relationships look like. It is essential to help disadvantaged children and young people overcome barriers and give a voice to those who have been affected by domestic abuse. We believe that it is important that children have the opportunity to help to improve the lives of other children who are affected, and we try to use as many creative ways as possible to communicate our messages and information.
We have recognised that the young people we work with often have limited access to theatre, drama, arts or film, which can limit their opportunities to develop skills and form aspirations. Support from Cash for Kids, The Community Foundation and Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird, has enabled a group of young women to take part in an exclusive opportunity to work with Little Big Butterfly and female professional film makers in the industry to create a short film exploring abuse within teenage relationships and the impact it can have on friendships. By creating their film and an accompanying resource pack, children, young people and professionals now have the opportunity to gain knowledge, empathy and develop a greater understanding of the impact of abuse within teenage relationships. Every high school in Northumberland will be given a free copy of the film and a resource pack that they can use to refer to.
As a thank you to Cash for Kids Maggie signed herself up to their 1000 faces challenge. Her challenge started on 1st January, and she did 100 press ups every day for 100 days, donating £1 each day to Cash for Kids. By the 10th April, her challenge was complete, and she says that it was knowing the massive difference that Cash for Kids can make to the lives of children and young people right here in the North East, that kept her motivated!