February - #PositiveRelationships

In February we looked at the benefits of having positive relationships within families and wider communities.

The importance of kindness

We encouraged children to think about how small acts of kindness helped build and strengthen relationships. 750 school children across Cheltenham went home with our NCLB/ACEs 'Kindness Boxes in their book bags.

The boxes carried this message:

How to use your Kindness Box

Every time someone does something kind, thoughtful or helpful for you, something that makes you smile, jot it down on a scrap of paper and pop it in the box.

At the end of the week, with your family or friends, open the box and read through all the nice things other people have done for you. Think about how these acts of kindness made you feel. Think too about kind things you have done for others, what else could you do? How can you keen the ball rolling?

Remember, kindness is contagious!

 

The importance of kindness

Connecting with friends and engaging with community activities can make a huge difference to children, especially those who have experienced adversity.

Being that trusted adult for a child can help them to build resilience, making them better able to cope with change and challenges in their lives.

Kindness is the best way to build relationships.

To find out more go to actionaces.org

Domestic Abuse awareness

We worked with Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service to deliver training in how to support young people who may live in homes where domestic abuse is present.  Around sixty professionals from services such as health, police, youth support, charities, sports clubs etc attended an hour long introduction . Staff from schools, whether teachers or support staff, looked more in depth with training over 3 evenings. 

NCLB continue to work with GDASS and WMWA so keep an eye out as we present the new young people's domestic abuse service in Gloucestershire.

 

Resources

LoveRespect - Women’s Aid have launched a new #LoveRespect website to support teenage girls at risk of relationship abuse and challenge myths surrounding the nature of coercive control. The new website, which features a relationship health check, survivor stories, practical advice and an email support service, is designed for teenage girls who may not realise they are experiencing relationship abuse, and are less likely than older women to call a helpline. Bestselling young adult author and feminist activist Holly Bourne is the charity’s #LoveRespect Ambassador.