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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

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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 donít 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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    I am 21, living at home with 8 relatives (parents and siblings), cramped and overcrowded. No freedom, indpendence or privacy. Work 5 hours a week and have no income, not signed on to any benefit at all either. What options do I have re housing?

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    Your best bet is ask at Citizens Advice. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk They have volunteer professionals who will help.
    "Seconds of your life are ticking away. If someone says that there's a rule - break it! That's the only thing that moves things forward."
    -Hans Zimmer.

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      CAB are not very helpful But thank you for suggesting them.

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        I honestly don't know unless you could consider further education, whereby you might be entitled to some social benefits though would need to apply.

        I found this where you could get some of the site's useful info: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/

        What you really need here, however, is someone older and who has specialist knowledge on how to help you. Like one of the staff
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        Last edited by Mirabelle; 12-02-2018, 11:58 PM.
        "Seconds of your life are ticking away. If someone says that there's a rule - break it! That's the only thing that moves things forward."
        -Hans Zimmer.

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        • #5
          How old are you, if you don't mind me asking?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AngelIsMe21 View Post
            How old are you, if you don't mind me asking?
            I am 16, a home schooler on a degree course.
            "Seconds of your life are ticking away. If someone says that there's a rule - break it! That's the only thing that moves things forward."
            -Hans Zimmer.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mirabelle View Post

              I am 16, a home schooler on a degree course.
              Well I hope that goes well for you too
              Last edited by AngelIsMe21; 13-02-2018, 08:42 AM.

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              • #8
                Thank you and I hope you receive the help that you need. .
                "Seconds of your life are ticking away. If someone says that there's a rule - break it! That's the only thing that moves things forward."
                -Hans Zimmer.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mirabelle View Post
                  Thank you and I hope you receive the help that you need. .
                  Thank you so much. I hope so too.

                  Housing and Living environment is just one of the struggles I have

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                  • #10
                    I asked aunty for advice. She said could you increase your work hours? Ideally, working 16 hours a week would enable your employer to pay your National Insurance and you pay a small percentage out of your wage to make up the difference. Aunty says when NI contributions mount up, then you could receive state benefits or some such. She also asks would you consider further education? The benefits of that means you also get the chance to get out of the house, go to your place of learning. Also, register at your town's library though you will need ID for that. Free books = free education, and study is a privilege.

                    I have to go, but will be back later.

                    Wishing you all the bestm

                    ~ Belle
                    "Seconds of your life are ticking away. If someone says that there's a rule - break it! That's the only thing that moves things forward."
                    -Hans Zimmer.

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                    • #11
                      Hello again,

                      I have tried increasing work hours but due to my mental health and 2 weekly appointments (DBT programme), this is made harder. I would not sign on to anything either, I just couldn't.

                      In terms of further education, I have done that for 5 years and feel that it's quite enough for me, at this given moment in time.

                      I was employed in a place for 3-4 years but felt I had no choice but to hand in my notice a few months back. I am working but only 5 hours a week and, as I say, I'm in receipt of no benefits or other forms of income at all.

                      Thank you👍

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