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

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.

70/30 Campaign Coordinator, Sara Gives Talk at Annual Charity Meetup Event

70/30 Campaign Coordinator, Sara Gives Talk at Annual Charity Meetup Event

Charity Meetup – Enterprising & Resilient

 

A diverse network of charity workers spent last night discussing and sharing ways that we can innovate, diversify our income, and strengthen our position in a challenging climate. 

The evening was filled with talks from a range of inspirational speakers who took the opportunity to share their successful projects. Speakers included Jes Bailey, Founder of Crowdfund 360; Brendan Rogers from the Neuro Foundation; Rachel Schwartz, Trustee at Kentish Town City Farm and Elisicia Moore, Founder of social enterprise, Petit Miracles.

70/30 Campaign Coordinator, Sara Martínez was amongst the speakers. She presented alongside Makerble Founder, Matt Kepple. Their talk focused on how tracking impact on the go improves fundraising success. Using a new impact tracking app developed by Makerble, the WAVE Trust’s 70/30 Campaign uses the app to record more accurate evidence to successfully apply for funding and a greater success in winning donations.

There was also plenty of time for networking games and activities throughout the evening which helped everyone get the most out of the event.

Follow us on Twitter @7030Campaign to see more news from this event.

Check out the event’s #Storify story to see more! 

 

 

 

70/30 Joins What About The Children? For Their Annual Conference

70/30 Joins What About The Children? For Their Annual Conference

70/30 Campaign Coordinator, Sara Martínez and 70/30 Ambassador for Richmond & Kingston, Daphne Cotton joined UK charity, What About The Children? for their 2017 national conference last week. The event, which was opened by Rupa Huq MP, Shadow Home Office Minister (Crime and Prevention), had as its focus the broader social policy implications and context of raising children and pressed home the message that children’s emotional well being is the responsibility of the whole of society.

The Goodman lecture was delivered by Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green Kt (ex children’s Commissioner, currently BMA President). The lecture entitled, ‘Are we betraying children and childhood and if so what’s to be done about it?’ highlighted the extent to which the UK is failing our children compared to countries like Finland, Canada and Holland. Prof Sir Al shared some shocking statistics to highlight such issues whilst encouraging his audience to keep up the pressure, keep talking and keep a sense of outrage to demand change!

It was a very enjoyable day (the sun even came out) with a great group of people who came together to share their learning and their undeniable passion for the well being of children in this country.

If you would like to find out more about WATCh charity (What About The Children?) visit their website at http://www.whataboutthechildren.org.uk

You can also find them on Twitter @WATCUK

 

What drew me to 70/30: Sara Martinez Calvo

What drew me to 70/30: Sara Martinez Calvo

For many years now, I have been involved in a diverse range of volunteering programmes around the world. Although the programmes have been varied in nature, my interest has always been the wellbeing and safeguarding of children. I’ve never quite been willing to resign myself to tolerating a world in which children suffer at the hands of those they trust the most.  

Incapable of entertaining the idea of any other career, when looking for employment in the charity sector, WAVE’s work really called out to me! The idea that I could be a part of something that not only strove to provide support and advice to parents, but had as its ultimate goal to prevent child maltreatment from ever occurring in the first place was both novel and wonderfully inspiring for me. I couldn’t not get involved!

My time working as a 70/30 Coordinator has been more rewarding than I could have ever hoped for and each day just gets better! The more we achieve, the more I realise that we really are going to make 70/30 a reality. Even better,  I can say that I’ve helped to make it happen. How amazing is that?!

What drew me to 70/30: Anthoulla Koutsoudi

What drew me to 70/30: Anthoulla Koutsoudi

When I came across WAVE in 1998, its work grabbed me  as the most logical and sensible way to prevent problems from ever beginning, or effectively healing them as soon as they arise. WAVE’s first class research helped me understand all the things that had gone ‘wrong’ in my life – why my father abandoned his family; why I married a violent, abusive man (first husband not current one!!); why I had low self esteem for most of my life. Everything that happens in the first 2 years of one’s life can often lead to lifelong problems AND IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THAT WAY for anyone. The 70/30 Ambassadors Network is a chance for all of us to effect  big social change – preventing  damage to our children and reversing the decline of our communities.