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Expert chat: Enthusiastic Consent & Conditional Consent (Wed 21st February)

Hey everyone!

On Wednesday 21st Feb at 6.30pm, Sarah our expert, will be running an expert chat about Enthusiastic Consent and Conditional Consent.

Sarah is the co-founder of Scarlet Ladies, a community of women with the aim to destigmatise and normalise the conversation around female sexuality.

Suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after experiencing a number of traumas, including rape, Sarah is reclaiming her body by engaging in bodybuilding and powerlifting. Taking back control of her sexuality, she is currently remaining abstinent. Working and campaigning with other women for the sexual empowerment of women has been an integral part of her healing journey.

Come along and join us! Find out more here
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Vanilla features: have your say

As we move to our new boards software, Vanilla, we'll have a few new features at our disposal. We're keen to hear what you all think about them, so head here to have your say over how we'll use (or not use) some of the new features. Fill out the form before Wednesday the 21st to tell us your thoughts and have the option of joining our testing team!
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The Great Boards Migration

Great news! We're moving to new discussion boards software. Head here for the full announcement.
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Post of The Month

One-in-a-million is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Just a bit of fun here if you could create an advent calendar what would you put in it and why.

For me you would still get chocolate 😆😆
But inside each door is a task for the day. Something that includes you helping/talking to others, doing something festive and spreading Christmas cheer
For example

1. Tell your parents/carers you love them
2. Say hello when passing an OAP (that might be the only thing someone says to them all week)
3. Watch a Christmas movie
4. Help someone in need e.g put some spare change in a charity box, buy a warm drink for the homeless person who sits on the corner, dothe washing up ha ha ha😂
5 make hot chocolate
6. Visit your grandparents (if you don’t already) They will more than likely love to see you.
7. Sing a Christmas song with a friend
8. Dress up in something Christmasy when you do your shopping.

You get the idea 😂😉 my reason for this is to get people in the mood and understand what Christmas actually means.

What would yours have and why."
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Nature Photography Sharing...Get Involved!

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    With World Mental Health Day being next week I wanted to start a thread where we all share photographs of nature that we have taken ourselves, and the reason behind this is because:

    ​We have all at one point or another in our lives struggled with our mental and emotional well-being and during these hard times it helps to take time to refocus and gain perspective. One tool you can use to do this may be right in your pocket...your camera phone! It has been proven time and again that creativity and art therapy are valuable tools for emotional wellness. Photography is one such tool that you can utilise without being professionally trained and modern technology provides easy-to-use options and now anyone can take photos — and just by taking a photo, you are taking a moment to stop and look at your environment through a new lens. This moment can be the moment that changes your day from a negative to a positive — or at least gives you a momentary distraction and calm.

    ​So whether on your daily commute you want to capture how the leaves are starting to turn orange, or there's a cute dog that makes you go 'aw' take a photo and share because it won't only help you but it will help others to share that moment of happiness too

    ​I can't wait to see all of your beautiful snaps!

    ​- Sunny

    *please note, only nature photos are allowed on this thread, and although we are natural beings please do not include photographs of yourselves or other people*
    Last edited by SunshineSoul; 04-10-2017, 07:39 PM.

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    On my recent trip to Norway I captured this adorable lamb that was grazing near Haukland beach, this little guy sure put a smile on my face!
    Last edited by SunshineSoul; 04-10-2017, 07:26 PM.


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      Hi Sunny!

      ​Photography is a big love of mine, so I can't resist posting a snap.

      ​I agree that nature is such a big part of life and can really help us mentally, physically and spiritually so this is a great idea to get the ball rolling on the build up to World Mental Health Day​ next week!
      ​Just breathing in the air outside helps to oxygenate our brains and the sun gives us that vitamin D for a strong, healthy body!
      ​So get out and connect with Mother Earth as much as you can everyone!

      ​Here's a secluded lake in Sweden at the end of winter to calm your mind. There was nobody else around for miles!



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        Hope this works, haven't uploaded a photo in forever lol, but this a pic from the middle of the north sea! I love how quiet and still it looks..
        'My worst days in recovery are better than the best days in relapse.' - Kate Le Page


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          This is a picture I keep looking at, I used to do a lot of cycling and take photos on my phone, I love this one as I feel I caught the sun at the right time so get it. Cycling used to take my mind of most things and be my escape.

          I'm not a photographer though.

          My hobby is bot busting ^_^


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            This is a photo I took from the cliffs near my house where I go to “escape” whenever I need to. It’s always so peaceful and calming here.
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            Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations


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              Rhys & Esme, dunno if it's just me but can't see your pics
              'My worst days in recovery are better than the best days in relapse.' - Kate Le Page


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                Originally posted by BubblesGoesBoo View Post
                Rhys & Esme, dunno if it's just me but can't see your pics
                Nope, me neither
                The boards are playing up though right now anyway, so I'll *try* and upload some pics later
                Tough times never last, but tough people do


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                  Originally posted by Esme17 View Post
                  This is a photo I took from the cliffs near my house where I go to “escape” whenever I need to. It’s always so peaceful and calming here.
                  That such a pretty view ❤️


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                    Having issues with uploading images again. But this is my fav place when I'm home from uni. It's calm and peaceful and a good place for reflection



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                      also this view on the way to my sisters old flat...she lived somewhere so peaceful
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                      'My worst days in recovery are better than the best days in relapse.' - Kate Le Page


                      • #12
                        Hi everyone!

                        These all look like such lovely places.

                        ​It would be great to know where some of your favourite, most picturesque, tranquil places are? Even if there are not photos.

                        ​I found that Scandinavia is so so peaceful. And of course this is because of all the nature and lack of roads in the North, reindeers everywhere.



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