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September 2021 Newsletter

We're looking for new team members! And our Founder and CEO ran a half marathon...

We're Recruiting!

We're excited to be recruiting for a Head of Safeguarding and Participation. If you have extensive safeguarding experience and can bring about systems change for a small and innovative social enterprise, we'd love to hear from you! Visit our website to apply now. Applications will be accepted until 11.59pm Sunday 10 October.

We are also looking for a Senior Practitioner - Rescue and Response (Maternity Cover). Can you support a small team working shoulder-to-shoulder with young women who have complex needs and experience of trauma and violence? Please read about how to apply on our website. Applications close 11.59pm Sunday 17th October.

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. If you'd like to commission Abianda training for your organisation, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us on

Follow this link to book via Eventbrite. This is an interactive 3-hour module delivered by our practitioners. ​

  • We 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.

  • We share the ideal knowledge, skills and attitudes young women tell us they want professionals to have.

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! We are so grateful for the donations already received, totalling £1345. See you at the next half marathon, Abi...

Meeting with Mayor of London

Our team met with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Sophie Linden and Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds to speak about our Rescue and Response project. The Rescue and Response project is funded by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). Abi and our Senior Practitioners were joined by our service partners from St Giles Trust and Safer London to discuss the issues faced by the young people of London who are experiencing county line exploitation, our unique approach to supporting them and how we can keep working together to deliver the best outcomes for young Londoners.

Please check out this video to see our Senior Practitioners talk powerfully about our work.

'I Wanted to be Heard' Briefing Paper

"Consistently overlooked in policy, young women are a minority in the criminal justice system on account of both their age and gender. Despite pockets of good practice, there is limited provision designed to meet their needs."

Abianda is proud to have contributed to the briefing: “I wanted to be heard”: Young women in the criminal justice system at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation' by Agenda and the Alliance for Youth Justice. Please see the full briefing here to hear from young women aged 17–25 who have been in contact with the criminal justice system and their experiences of violence, abuse and exploitation.

You can also read their new briefing 'Girls at Risk of Exclusion' that finds that Black and minoritised girls are twice as likely to be excluded from school than their white counterparts.

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