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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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Universal Credit and the Jobcentre

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  • Universal Credit and the Jobcentre

    Okay, so I always heard that the jobcentre was a hellhole. Getting job seekers was a full time, difficult task that I was reluctant to take on, as I was told to get the money I needed I had to spend 35 hours a week looking for work.

    Well, 2 weeks after I started claiming Universal Credit (that replaces jobseekers in some areas now) I got interviewed for a catering position at the local hospital.
    For this job I needed the standard DBS check, which I sent off over a week ago. I was told by the recruitment company in the interview that they paid for this process to only take a week maximum. That was nearly 2 weeks ago.

    Fast forward to a few days ago, I go for my weekly appointment at the jobcentre. There I was told, that even though I signed a contract, sent off my DBS and spent 7 hours going through numerous tests for this job, that because I haven't got a start date I still have to apply for more jobs.... Still do the 35 hours a week searching or they'll stop my payment.
    While I get this - can't just get jobseekers without job seeking - what is the point in applying for more jobs if I basically have one?
    If I apply for these jobs, I already know that if I get an interview I'll have to turn it down, because I have a job. Even if go to the interview, even if they offer me the job, I'll be declining it because the job I've basically got offers great pay and great hours.

    This DBS check could possibly take a few months (I'm wondering if the fast track DBS thing was a lie now) I can't bare the thought of applying for jobs non stop for the next few months when it'll lead nowhere. I'm wondering if anyone has advice on how to ease the stress and workload?

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    Hey Meg,

    I'm really sorry to hear about what the job centre people said to you. It sounds like they haven't been very understanding about the whole DBS process. Is there someone else at the job centre you could speak to and possibly get a second opinion on your situation?

    With DBS checks it can take anything from 1-6 weeks to arrive, but hopefully yours does arrive soon. There's an option for DBS applicants to track the status of their application if you have the reference number. Hopefully this will be helpful to do while you wait for it to come through. You can find out more about tracking DBS documents here.

    How did you find the job hunting before you got offered this job?

    All the best,



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      Fortunately, after emailing the company I'll be working for to ask if they'd heard anything back yet, they emailed and said they had and asked me to start tomorrow.
      Not sure if it came back clear today or they'd had it back for a while and just failed to contact me, but it looks like it's mostly sorted now. If only I had help off on posting for another hour, I wouldn't have gotten myself so stressed

      But thank you for the options!


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