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October 2021 Newsletter

Fully-funded Abianda Schools Training and we are featured on DEx Podcast!

Abianda is coming to your schools! Could your staff and/or students benefit from awareness training and discussions around gangs and county lines? We are pleased to offer free holistic school support in which our School and Islington Lead, Senior Practitioner Amanda will deliver a schools-facing intervention. Our mission is to bring about a culture shift in the way services are delivered to young women affected by gangs and county lines so that they feel safe to access help and to keep them free from harm and abuse. Our work within schools is vital to achieving this mission and your support with this project would be very appreciated. This is a pan-London fully-funded project so we can visit any school in London to speak with your staff and/or students free of charge.

We offer:

Direct information and awareness-raising with pupils:

  • General assemblies (Covid restrictions considered)

  • Targeted group work - 3 to 6 sessions with up to 13 young women. The young women who will benefit from this project are aged 11-18 and have been identified by their school as vulnerable to or currently experiencing exploitation in the context of gangs and county line activity.

Professional Development for school staff:

  • Training seminars

  • Case consultations.

To arrange this support please email Please feel free to share this information with your networks.

Abianda has been featured on the Disrupting Exploitation Podcast!

We are so proud to share that our Senior Practitioner Amanda and our former Intern Sienna have been featured on The Children's Society DEx Podcast episode 'Girls in gangs: Are young women invisible?' Listen to the DEx Podcast here!

We are so grateful to the spectacular host Donya Lamrhari and The Children's Society for sharing their platform with us. Our team speaks on the barriers young women face to accessing help when they are experiencing criminal exploitation and how best to support young women affected by gangs and county lines.

We'd like to extend an extra-special thank you to Sienna for her participation. She has experienced these issues first-hand and has worked tirelessly to advocate for other young women and girls to ensure that they are no longer a hidden group in our communities.

Please have a listen to better understand the young women Abianda work alongside and how you can make a real difference to the lives of all young people facing criminal exploitation. We recommend ALL episodes of the DEx podcast as it explores themes affecting young people and children across the UK.

We're looking for a Sales & Fundraising Officer!

Our team continues to grow! We are recruiting a Sales & Fundraising Officer. If you're an ambitious and organised self-starter with sales experience, read more about this exciting new role here. The deadline for completed applications is 11.59pm, Sunday 14th November.

More information on Abianda vacancies can be found on our website.

Some quick reminders...

Our Founder and CEO Abi ran the Hackney Half Marathon!

Abi ran 13.1 miles through Hackney on 26 September to fundraise for Abianda. Congratulations, Abi! If you would like to support our work with young women and girls affected by gangs and county line exploitation, any donation, big or small, would be so appreciated! Thank you so much to those who have already made such generous donations. Here is the link to donate. Working with Young Women and Girls Affected by Gangs and County Lines

Our CPD-accredited online training workshop is available for individuals to attend on Friday 12 November, 10am to 1pm. In this interactive 3-hour module delivered by our practitioners, we'll explore and challenge the stereotypes and myths around young women, gangs and county lines, and facilitate a critical discussion of the term “gang”. We address the risks young women face, and the barriers to them accessing support and we will share the ideal knowledge, skills and attitudes young women tell us they want professionals to have.

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