Glasgow Ambassador, Martha Abbasi meets James Dornan MSP

Glasgow Ambassador, Martha Abbasi meets James Dornan MSP

So proud of our wonderful Glasgow Ambassador, Martha Jean for having had such a great meeting with Cathcart MSP, James Dornan earlier today.

Martha took the opportunity to introduce James to the 70/30 Campaign and the work we are doing to prevent child maltreatment and other Adverse Childhood Experiences across the UK. The pair also discussed the potential launch of a cross-party group for 70/30 in Scotland in 2018.

James was very supportive and enthusiastic about our work. Martha looks forward to working with James going forward to make Scotland the best place it can be for its children and their families.

The Glasgow group are growing and on a mission! Watch this space ….

Thanks for all your support James. Great work Martha! 😃 

ENDORSEMENTS: We’ve reached our first milestone!

ENDORSEMENTS: We’ve reached our first milestone!

The 70/30 Campaign has hit its first major milestone, racking up 50 MP endorsements – and counting! Lisa Nandy MP for Wigan currently stands as our newest member at number 57, with more meetings on the horizon and plenty more politicians to persuade.

Our ever-expanding group stretches across political frontlines, containing Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs, as well as our first SNP supporter in Stewart McDonald MP for Glasgow South.

Upon giving his backing to the campaign just last week following a meeting with local Glasgow Ambassador, Martha Abbasi, Stewart McDonald MP said: “I am very pleased to be the first Scottish MP to endorse this campaign, and I would urge as many others as possible to follow – which I am sure they will.” We have high hopes too, Stewart!

For all you tweeters out there, if your MP is one of our endorsers, support 70/30 by following them on Twitter and tweeting them directly, tagging @7030Campaign and using #towards7030

Mental Health Starts in the Womb Conference a Roaring Success

Mental Health Starts in the Womb Conference a Roaring Success

70/30 Ambassador for Reading, Linda Dee established the ‘Mental Health Starts in the Womb’ conference to enable large-scale understanding of baby brain development, how that affects mental health and to showcase primary prevention. At the event WAVE Trust Founder & CEO, George Hosking presented the charity’s ACE-prevention Pioneer Community project and the 70/30 Grass Roots national campaign. His presentation was very impactful on the audience who were described by Linda as ‘shaken in a good way and inspired’.

Throughout the day a dozen people signed up to learn more about the Grass Roots campaign and how to get involved with the 70/30 network and plenty more people visited the WAVE table, took leaflets and asked questions of WAVE Trust’s Anthoulla Koutsoudi. Both George and Anthoulla were very pleased to also meet Richmond 70/30 Ambassadors, Daphne Cotton and Amy Dobson at the conference, asking questions of speakers and participating in discussions.

The 70/30 Campaign’s First Short Film Contest Concludes

The 70/30 Campaign’s First Short Film Contest Concludes

The 70/30 Short Film Contest 2017 has now come to a close.

Entries for the contest came in over the school-term summer break and continued to be submitted late into October, including some fantastic short films from pupils at local Croydon BRIT school.

All young, budding film-makers between the ages of 16 and 18 from the UK had the unique opportunity to produce their very own short film for The 70/30 Campaign to help raise awareness of child maltreatment and the need for strategies which promote the prevention of such early childhood adversities. They were invited share the 70/30 message through the videos in as creative and unique a way as they could and entries certainly reflected that! The 70/30 Campaign at the WAVE Trust charity have been thrilled by the quality of films submitted and are very proud of the work being done on their behalf. 

Although voting has now closed, you can view all short film entries by visiting The 70/30 Campaign’s YouTube channel. You are invited to help in supporting and acknowledging the work of our talented young film-makers by sharing their work through Twitter and Facebook using #7030ByMe 

There are a variety of prizes on offers for those entrants who are selected including an incredible £1000 cash prize for the Overall Winner AND £750 for their school or college. The Popular Choice Award will receive the choice of a once-in-a-lifetime tandem skydive or an InterRail pass worth £200. Three runners up will be awarded an “experience day” of their choice. 

Winners will be announced in December.