Happy Christmas from Acts Fast!

Here are a few pictures from our Christmas meal for our staff and volunteers.  We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers, who’s time and dedication to our charity allows us to continue to provide invaluable support to parents and families, in turn helping children affected by sexual abuse, to begin the process of healing from trauma.

Ministry of Justice: call for evidence

Mandy and two of our trustees were honoured to meet Neil Barker and Oliver Lendrum at The Ministry of Justice as part of the ‘call for evidence‘ into: Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law cases. Acts Fast brought the voices of children and parents from Dorset to inform the panel, along with support from Martyn Underhill Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner.

 

We were joined by MOSAC (Mothers Of Sexually Abused Children) who carry out similar work to Acts Fast in London. Also present was The Birchall trust based in Cumbria, we all are passionate about fighting for the child’s voice to be heard. We are extremely grateful to The Survivors Trust for organising this meeting and working together to bring the attention to this issue, that it rightly deserves.

Superior Seals Funding

We were absolutely thrilled to receive this donation of £10,000 from Superior Seals, presented to Mandy by Tim Brown, the managing director. A huge thank you to the directors and all of the employees of Superior Seals for sharing our vision in supporting families and parents.

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ASDA foundation supports Acts Fast

Mandy receiving £500 from community life supported by the ASDA foundation. We were one of three chosen charities and fortunate enough to win, meaning we received the most green tokens. This is so encouraging for us as it means that awareness is being raised and people recognise the value a charity such as ours has. Thank you!

Funding from AFC Bournemouth

Hannah and Janis attended the Vitality stadium on Wednesday 21st August to officially receive our funding cheque from AFC Bournemouth. This valuable funding has allowed us to expand and enhance out I.T services, helping us to keep our service up and running.

Training delivered to professionals

Acts Fast were privileged to be able to impart some of the knowledge, expertise and experience that we have in working with trauma and its effect of the family as a whole.

Through delivering this training we sought to not only help more parents and families in the community through educating other professionals, but to also raise awareness that we are here to support parents and any family member affected by child sexual abuse.

See the full Bournemouth Echo article here:

https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/17773217.hundreds-professionals-given-training-help-affected-child-sexual-abuse/

 

Dorset Community foundation

Dorset Community foundation – A huge thank you to Dorset community fund for awarding us £4569.00 in funding. We rely on funding bids such as this to continue to run our charity, continuing to not only support parents but to shine the light on child sexual abuse.

National lottery community fund

Thank you so much to the national lottery community fund for awarding us £9940.00 in funding. This is a significant amount of money which enables us to keep the charity running, allowing us to continue supporting and raising awareness of child sexual abuse.

John Jay shield award

We are honoured to announce that our CEO Mandy was awarded the John Jay shield award on the 21st March 2019. The John Jay shield is awarded to people who make a difference and help to keep people safe within the community. We are absolutely thrilled for Acts Fast and Mandy to hold this award and it empowers us to keep going and shine the light on sexual abuse.

View the press release