Essential support for under 25s


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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 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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Part time Further Education on ESA

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  • Part time Further Education on ESA

    Hi guys

    I'm looking at doing a part time course at Strathclyde University on counselling. I have heart failure, had a stroke and osteoarthritis. I am on esa (support group) and PIP enhanced daily and standard mobility. I am worried that if I even enquire about the course never mind embark on it I will lose benefits especially having spent years appealing to get what I have. Anyone been in a similar situation?

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    Hey Steve, and welcome.

    I moved this thread to the Work & Volunteering forum where it fits a little better, and should get seen a bit more easily.

    This community is primarily made up of under 25s, so you might struggle to find someone who closely shares your circumstances. Of course, you are still welcome to stick around and we'll do our best to help where we can.

    We have an article on ESA, and I noticed this section which seems relevant to you:

    Originally posted by The Mix
    Can I study and claim ESA?

    If you get contribution-based ESA, you can study part-time or full-time without affecting your claim.

    Most full-time students canít get income-related ESA, but you can if youíre getting DLA or PIPs.

    If you study part-time it shouldnít affect your claim for income-related ESA (although be aware that being able to study part-time may show you can do a certain amount of work).

    For more advice on studying and claiming ESA, contact the Disabled Students Helpline on 0800 328 5050 (open Tuesdays 11.30am-1.30pm, and Thursdays 1.30pm-3.30pm). You can also email
    I'm not sure if this information also applies to Scotland, though.

    To get a tailored opinion on your situation, you might want to try contacting Citizens Advice (here is their website for Scotland). They provide free legal advice and information, and should be able to help you out if you can't find any info elsewhere. There's a lot of information on their website worth looking through too.

    Best of luck, and hopefully someone can offer more help than me!
    Taking care of yourself takes care of more than just yourself.


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