Conversations for Change, 26/11/19, University of Huddersfield
Dwell Time were invited to attend a conference on Creative Minds peer-led evaluation of their Community Reporter programme #softandfluffy
There were presentations and workshop elements which encouraged group dialogue and critical feedback. The main focus was on the quantifiable validity of “soft and fluffy” arts programmes for competitive funding. What language do we use to articulate the value of arts to the funders and who translates the “soft and fluffy” into economic impact? Perennial problems to which cross-sector dialogue continues to be the key. Who facilitates this though and with what agenda? “Networking meetings” reside in the soft and fluffy realm for practitioners across sectors but they are actually pretty crucial on some level.
White Ribbon Day https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/white-ribbon-day aiming to end male violence against women. Plenty of men are victims of DV too but statistical it’s many more women (https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/domestic-abuse-is-a-gendered-crime/?fbclid=IwAR1UCtDaaCHC_UiGKUBZaG02CkEMg6rqgGji1cYjD_5Cjq39lP6XirmVqDk/ ) Domestic abuse is a gendered crime. It can be physical, emotional, financial or sexual. I’m currently doing virtual college safeguarding on DV and it mentioned the Domestic Abuse Wheel. Compare also to the Equality Wheel. Relationships should be based on equality not power and control.
POWER & CONTROL: Coercion and threats. Minimising, denying and blaming.
EQUALITY: Negotiation, honesty, open communication. Listening non-judgmentally. Valuing opinions.
Don’t tolerate abuse. Seek help.
https://womencentre.org.uk/…/domestic-violence-support-team/ (Calderdale & Kirklees)
Dwell Time ran a workshop at the Take Ten suicide and mental health peer support group in Dewsbury today. We also had the opportunity to interview Sarah Thompson, one of the organisers: https://www.facebook.com/dwelltimepress/videos/2547428445478267/