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‘Life Inna Lockdown 2020 Behind Closed Doors’

Book Out Saturday 11th July 2020
Virtual Book Launch Saturday 15
th August 2020 3pm 5:30pm

The book captures a six-week snapshot of these women’s lives through journals, stories, and poetry. What kept them going? Could they see the light at the end of the tunnel? Who were their support networks? Each to their own on how they coped but writing this book together has given them a sense of empowerment and support for each other.

Discussing ‘lockdown’ during a weekly zoom community social group was just the springboard Veronica Ebanks needed to plant the seed with Dee Bailey for Life Inna Lockdown 2020 Behind Closed Doors.

This ‘must read’ book is born out of Simply Deez Events, (a Luton-based community group) and part funding from the National Lottery. A percentage of the royalties will be re-invested back into local community work and various charities.

Published and sponsored by Marcia Spence, CEO of Marcia M Publishing House who recognised that these women had to open their closed doors and tell their stories!

For more information:

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www.facebook.com/lifeinnalockdown2020 @lifeinnalockdown2020

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PAMTENGO RADIO

PAMTENGO DJING, MUSIC & SOUND TECHNOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAMME

The organisation will use the funding to purchase music and sound technology equipment and start delivering workshops to young adults from disadvantaged communities who are struggling to find employment. This will enable the group to engage with young adults who may lack the skills, experience and confidence to seek out training or employment in order to improve their confidence, teach them about using technical equipment and producing music to give them experience of working with others positively.

For more details see www.pamtengo.com

Unika has been funded £9600 by Big Lottery Fund – Awards For All to run this project

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ALTER EGO (WOMEN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE)

ALTER EGO FLYERJoining the fight against domestic violence. Alter Ego is a programme aired every Monday 10 till 12noon on Pamtengo radio. This programme is designed to create awareness and educate anyone in the community who is subjected to domestic violence. Our main concern is to reach out the those individuals who are struggling to communicate due to language barriers.

Domestic violence is officially classified as “any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship together, or between family members, regardless of gender or sexuality”.

We think of domestic violence as hitting, slapping and beating, but it can also include emotional abuse as well as forced marriage and so-called “honour crimes”.

 

It’s abuse if your partner or a family member:

•threatens you

•shoves or pushes you

•makes you fear for your physical safety

•puts you down, or attempts to undermine your self-esteem

•controls you, for example by stopping you seeing your friends and family

•is jealous and possessive, such as being suspicious of your friendships and conversations

•frightens you

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Where can you get help?

You don’t have to wait for an emergency situation to seek help. You can:

•talk to your doctor, health visitor or midwife , send a message via text  to us here on Alter Ego or via our facebook page.

•call 0808 2000 247 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0808 2000 247 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting, the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge (calls from a landline are free)

if you threaten danger immediately call the police at 999 . When the connection to the operator say “police” and enter your address. Even if you will not be able to explain what was going on patrol will be on the way.

You can also call the English helpline number:

0808 2000 247

Free-clock Helpline for Victims of Domestic Violence

(National Domestic Violence Helpline)

conducted through the cooperation of the Women’s Aid and Refuge

Call to this number are free from mobile homes and public telephone booths. This is not so in the case of mobile phones.

Calling C under this number can women and children who experience domestic violence. Use it can also be people who know the victims of violence and want for them to get information, and those who are providing assistance in this area deal with professionally.

People who do not know English, you can ask for an interpreter. This service is free. When you connect, say, “I need a translator for English” (I need a Polish translator) and enter your phone number. Advisor connects to the interpreter and call you back, and keep the translator will translate the conversation.

If you decide to leave

The first step in escaping an abusive situation is realising that you’re not alone and it’s not your fault. Try to get advice from an organisation such as Women’s Aid or Refuge before you go.

If you’re considering leaving, be careful who you tell. It’s important that your partner doesn’t know where you’re going. Planning is very important. If you decide to leave, it will help to take:

  • documents, including birth certificates for your children, passports, any medical records, benefits books, and mortgage or rent details
  • your address book
  • house keys
  • if you have young children: baby items, some clothes and a special toy for each child

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