A successful meeting between 70/30’s Antonella and Sam & local Councillor, Paul White

A successful meeting between 70/30’s Antonella and Sam & local Councillor, Paul White

70/30 Ambassadors for Wandsworth, Antonella Sansone & Sam Lawes enjoyed a wonderfully successful meeting with local councillor, Cllr Paul White, yesterday to discuss working together to make 70/30 a reality in the borough of Wandsworth.

The group immediately found a lot of common ground. Ambassador, Sam Lawes said, “I feel Councillor White immediately connected with the 70/30 Campaign’s ethos and goals, and I’m really excited at the prospect of working together to promote long-term, preventive thinking and policies in Wandsworth.” The meeting lasted over 2 hours. Both Ambassadors were impressed by Councillor White’s in-depth engagement with the Campaign’s goals, and in particular his understanding of how housing pressures can create huge stress for vulnerable parents.

Antonella added, “I was glad Councillor White showed such interest in the links between the stress caused by housing shortages on some of the most vulnerable in our society and adverse impacts on mental health, pregnancy/foetus development, parenting and care-giving. We discussed our desire for people to understand the relevance of parents’ mental health and childhood outcomes to every aspect of our individual, family, social, political and economic life.”

If you’re based in Wandsworth and are interested in finding out how you can get involved with the group’s activities, please email Sam at battersea@70.30.org.uk or call Head Office on 020 8688 3773.

Cherry Fayre – Enrolling the kids

Cherry Fayre – Enrolling the kids

What an amazing event by Axminster’s “Light up Axminster” in aid of raising funds for community’s Christmas lights. I first made contact after I was approached by Cindy Furse who runs the group and organised the idea and was bringing together activities. I decided being involved would be a great opportunity to gain exposure for the 70/30 campaign. After speaking with Sara and spinning off idea after idea we came up with decorating cupcakes, arts and crafts and face painting. I do have to say Sara was amazing and arranged all that we needed to cover the 2 days. I’d like to think her inner child.

Day 1: First day of the Big Picnic. Emily and I laid out all our cupcakes and decorations and let the young people loose and what a hit it was! We were completely packed. We were stationed between the spit roast pig and the outside bar which I initially thought would be awkward, but really didn’t make a difference. In fact, I hardly noticed for all the cake crumbs and icing. The kids pigged out and then hyperly skipped over to the enormous bouncy castle! We asked for donations and made about £6.75 pence – shame, but it wasn’t really the point, as we were making our presence known. A great evening was had by all.

Day 2: Again, Emily and I had our Arts and crafts stall plus face painting. Sadly our original face painter pulled out so we had to advertise for a replacement. In the end my Ex partner did an hour and a friend did the rest. Noah set the trend by having his face painted like a tiger and looking just great! The chair was never empty; butterflies, lions and tigers… they all looked amazing! Emily and I concentrated on our community poster with arts and crafts and, as the day progressed, it turned into an amazing piece of work with so many talented children full of expression getting involved.

“It was incredible to see so many happy faces filled with such pride. The day was incredible – a buzz with excitement; there was a constant supply of children, some coming for the first time, others returning two or three times!”

We lead an extra stall with material on 70/30 that people browsed over, flicking through leaflets whilst engaging in odd conversations about the Campaign.I now feel confident that our next meeting there will bring a few newbies along. After the event, we made the local paper and our we’re thrilled to say our art work made a massive impact on the community and now takes pride of place in the local Co Op for all to see. Success!

70/30 Axminster Group Gets Arty at Cherry Fayre

70/30 Axminster Group Gets Arty at Cherry Fayre

Axminster 70/30 Ambassadors, Emily Traynor & Rob Robinson had a blast at last weekend’s Cherry Fayre.

The event, hosted by local group, Light Up Axminster, was organised in aid of raising funds for Axminster’s christmas lights. Many people came together to enjoy a weekend filled with fun activities and all in the name of a great cause!

Rob & Emily held their own stall raising awareness for their local 70/30 activity, handing out leaflets and other material. They also made sure to involve the kids as well as the adults by offering out well-decorated cupcakes, painting their faces as tigers, lions and butterflies and setting up an artwork corner. The kids worked together to produce a poster representing their community and the outcome is truly fantastic (see above)!

The group made the local paper and their artwork made a massive impact and now has pride of place in the local Coop for all to see!

If you’re based in Axminster and would like to know more about how you can get involved with/support the local 70/30 Group, please email info@70-30.org.uk or call 020 8688 3773.

Axminster’s Big Picnic

Axminster’s Big Picnic

Last weekend Rob Robinson and I had the heartfelt pleasure of spending time with local children and parents at the community Cherry Fayre.  The week long celebration was organised by a handful of inspirational people from our area (namely the fantastically energetic Cindy Furse) and combined a multitude of events aimed at bringing together the community in a spirit of sharing and supporting local businesses and interest groups. The entire initiative was well received and promoted our joint vision for an inclusive and positive society.

As 70/30 Ambassadors, we felt moved to provide fun and stimulation for the youngest generations and were blown away by the creativity and imagination of our children. Our cupcake design stall on Friday evening was so popular that Rob had to do several quick trips to the shops for more supplies! On Saturday we provided arts and crafts materials for the children to make a joint picture of “Our Community”, with some exciting characters, trees, flowers, homes and even a few bug monsters and funny noses!  Some children chose to take their creations home to share with their families, but most very generously donated their artworks to be displayed on the community notice board in the local Co Op.

Our focus was on encouraging creative play and so we made the decision to pass around stickers, balloons, pens and leaflets but, as there were young minds around, not to do too much talking at this point about the more sensitive topics involved in the campaign. Many parents stated an interest in looking up the 70/30 Campaign and we are in the process of sending out invitations to our next group meeting to have the more grown up discussions about protecting our children as a wider society into the future.

The spirit of the Fayre was joyous and relaxed, and the 70/30 logo was everywhere we could get it, and so – step by step – we are introducing our peers to the idea that we all have the power to create change and turn our passionate desire of empowering communities to protect our children into effective action.

We are forging strong links with like-minded people and groups in our area and we hope to continue to lead by example, cherishing our children’s creative minds and supporting each other in the tough times we all face as parents. There is a great sense of coming together down here, and we are so grateful to the Campaign for supporting our efforts by providing information, inspiration, and fun art materials for us to keep forging ahead with our collective mission. Thank you 70/30 for leading the way!

70/30 Campaign Wins Prize for Oral Presentation at Perinatal Mental Health Conference

70/30 Campaign Wins Prize for Oral Presentation at Perinatal Mental Health Conference

70/30 Campaign’s Sara Martínez & Sam Lawes attended the Perinatal Mental Health Conference (#PMHConf2017) in Wembley, London on Friday. The day, hosted by Consultant Obstetrician, Raja Gangopadhyay and PANDAS UK, was an absolute success with some fascinating presentations both delivered from a professional perspective and a more personal perspective on real life experiences.

70/30 were fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to deliver a presentation on WAVE Trust’s 70/30 Strategy & Primary Prevention approach to Perinatal Mental Health to end the day and even managed to go away with first prize for best oral presentation!

Success!