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Taking DAY to South Africa

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Hello!  My name is Natalie Collins and I am a Gender Justice Specialist.  You can find out more about my wider work HERE .

(This is me.)

Eight years ago I developed the DAY Programme, a youth domestic abuse and exploitation awareness programme.  Since then I have trained over 250 practitioners across the UK to deliver the DAY Programme and it has been delievered to hundreds of young people by youth workers, teachers, domestic abuse services, youth offending teams, youth housing providers and more.

In 2016, school nurse Zoe Lee trained to run the DAY Programme.  She was volunteering with a charity called Thembalitsha and took the DAY Programme to Cape Town in South Africa to deliver as part of her work in their School of Hope.  Over the last 18 months Zoe has run the DAY Programme with 32 girls and it has been really successful!  She has contextualised the programme in partnership with the girls who attended and all the girls really enjoyed the course.  Zoe explained that one of the girls was notoriously out of lessons and messed around a lot, but was really focussed with the DAY Programme and engaged well. Zoe said it was lovely to see her espousing the programme's virtues to her friend.

(Zoe with some of the girls who completed the DAY programme, also pictured above).

In December Zoe will be returning to the UK permanently.  The school are really happy with the course and are keen for it to carry on.  However, in order to deliver the material, all practitioners must recieve 3 day training.

I am offering to volunteer my time to travel to Cape Town to deliver DAY Programme training to school staff and other interested practitioners locally.  Zoe and I are planning to co-deliver the training over four days to ensure the training is contextualised for a South African context.

The training will firstly benefit the practitioners who attend the training, increasing their knowledge and understanding about domestic abuse, exploitation, pornography, and the ways popular culture reinforces negative messages about relationships.  After they have completed the training, the practitioners will then be able to deliver the material to young people within their local area and projects.  Although it has currently been delivered to girls, it can also be delivered to boys.  My hope is that many young people will benefit from excellent education about relationships, abuse and explotiation through this training, and much potential harm could be prevented.

I will be offering my time for free and waiving the fees of DAY Training (which is normally £500 per person) in order to ensure as many practitioners as possible can access the training.  However, I cannot afford to self fund the travel and other costs for this.  I am asking people to support this by donating money towards:

£800 for flights to South Africa
£200 for DAY Training materials
£79 GoFundMe fees (7.9% of the target amount)

I am planning to travel out to Cape Town on Sunday 26th November 2017 and travel back to the UK on Saturday 2nd December.  Zoe has offered to provide me with accomodation.

This project means a massive amount to me.  Over and over I get feedback from UK practitioners who tell me how much of a difference the DAY Programme has made to their work and to the young people they work with and I would love to be able to take that to young people and practitioners in Cape Town. 

Thank you for considering giving to this project!  I am hoping to raise the money as quickly as possible to ensure that I can get the cheapest possible flights.  I will keep in touch about the training and let all those who give know how it progresses.  

Thank you so much!

Natalie
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Hello!

We have finished DAY Programme Training! I trained 12 practitioners from across Cape Town, including foster mothers, NGO workers, teachers and a vicar. Participants including a diverse group of South Africans and people from the Netherlands, America and the UK.

Participants said they had learned so much and felt the learning would help them in their work, in their families and friendships, with their parenting and in their communities. Participants wrote on their feedback forms...

"It is good for every young women and old women to get this training. I work with a group of foster care girls, it is use full information I can train them on abuse."

"This is vital potentially life saving work."

"Very interesting and refreshing for my brains"

"I will sell this to anyone. I just want to say Thank You so so much."

"It is very important it can improve standards of living in my community."

It has been really wonderful week, and both myself and Zoe (who has organised the training from South Africa) are so grateful to you for your generosity in giving to enable this training to happen! Your support is so much appreciated!

Thank you so much!

Natalie

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Hi All,

It's happening! I have arrived at Heathrow Airport and fly out to Cape Town early tomorrow morning. The training is next Tuesday to Thursday. We have various different practitioners booked in and more people likely to come on the day. Thank you so much for your contribution that has enabled me to do this training! I'll let you know how it all goes. Have a lovely weekend,

Natalie :-)
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Hi All,

Thank you so much for your support! Today I had three jabs ready for going to South Africa, and I have another two jab appointments before I go. My arms ache, but it's all very exciting!

Zoe and I have had a Skype meeting to work through the logistics of the training and next week we'll have a meeting to run through what parts of the DAY materials and training needed to be adapted for the Cape Town context.

Thank you for enabling me to take this work out to Cape Town!

Natalie
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Hello Wonderful Supporters!

Thank you for contributing to the travel costs of taking the DAY Programme to Cape Town. Excitingly the full amount has now been raised! I have booked my flights and have an appointment for some travel jabs (which I am not looking forward to!).

Thank you for your contribution to the project, it means so much! And it will make a huge difference to practitioners and young people in Cape Town who can access the material.

I will send out another update letting you know how the training goes and what happens next.

Thank you so much!

Natalie
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