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Celebrating our new Steering Group

Last week we shared the news of our 2 fab new Board members. This week we are celebrating our new Steering Group members. We also want to take a moment to explain why we have a Steering Group and a Board of Directors. Our majority Non-Executive Board shape the strategic direction of our social enterprise in line with our vision, mission and values. The Directors have legal responsibility for the company. This means checking that Managing Director Lisa and Artistic Director Polly are implementing our mission in their day-to-day company activity. The Steering Group is all about keeping the Board...

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Director’s Blog takeover! – from intern Primrose Baxter

I began my internship with Changing Relations in November 2020 as a student at Durham University via the Education Department. I had an artistic background from school and higher education, and as a general hobby. Challenging gender norms was something I had been unwittingly doing most of my life, but it was a passion I had only become aware of in myself over the past few years. My knowledge and language were growing through listening to ‘The Guilty Feminist’ podcast, but I had yet to find a way to put my restlessness into action. The internship was to be a...

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The challenge of changing gender norms

Here at Changing Relations, we’ve spent a lot of the past 3 months of the Covid19 pandemic talking about domestic abuse. It was clear from the get-go that the lockdown measures would be like holding a magnifying glass over an abusive relationship. Less apparent from the start of this unfamiliar situation, in which, suddenly, many households found themselves working and “home-schooling,” was how that magnifying glass would also apply to the way gender roles play out in homes across the nation. But here we are, “regressing back to the 1950s for many women” as: the proportion of mothers responsible for...

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Director’s Blog: Protect & Provide – is mental health gendered?

If you’ve been wondering what gender norms are, why they matter, and why we’re linking them to mental health, then this is the post for you! When we talk about gender norms, what we’re referring to is the set of expectations that we feel that society has established for how we should behave – whether we’re a man or a woman. Now you may think, well we’re all individuals; there’s no single masculinity or femininity ‘Box.’ And in fact, recent research from Universities in Israel and Switzerland indicates that ‘there is no such thing as a female or male brain,’...

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Why do men's voices need to be heard?

Some people may be wondering why men’s voices need to be heard when there’s still such a long way to go in terms of equality between men and women. Unfortunately, the facts show that men’s mental health is in crisis and men in the North East are three times more likely to take their own lives than women. Men often suffer in silence so through as a series of participatory art workshops we gave groups of men and boys in the North East the opportunity to open up and share their thoughts on what it means to be a man...

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Recruiting freelance trainers!

Arts education & training company Changing Relations C.I.C. is growing! We are building a team of freelance trainers who can deliver our bespoke professional training, initially focusing on domestic abuse, but in time, encompassing additional themes under our overarching focus of gender equality, gender norms and healthy relationships. Our training package will be delivered to a range of professionals across the North East, from those in health, to the police, teachers, community facilitators, social housing and those within the legal profession. You can expect to receive £150 for delivery of a 4.5 hour training session. We expect demand for our training to build from...

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Director's Blog: Changing how we talk about Domestic Violence

We’re so pleased to see The Pool supporting the fantastically important We Level Up campaign calling for responsible, respectful reporting of Domestic Homicide. We’ve long been infuriated by the implications of disbelief when the media focus on how many people thought a Domestic Abuse perpetrator was wonderful. Our film – Make Do and Mend– features the real words of Domestic Abuse survivors who testified to the tendency of their abusers to manipulate perceptions. “He was a Jekyll & Hyde, wasn’t he? Because there was a lovely side to him, so polite & kind outside, but when we were on our own…”...

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Take a seat on Management Board of growing arts education company!

Changing Relations C.I.C. is an arts-based education & training company that provokes thinking around gender norms, gender equality & healthy relationships, using the arts & creative methods as the foundation of the educational & training resources we produce. We’re looking to expand our Board to support us extend our social impact & achieve financial sustainability. We will recruit at least 3 new Board members & are interested in candidates with skills in at least 1 of the following areas: – Education – Arts – Fundraising – Marketing & PR – Law This is a voluntary role with an expectation that...

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New Year: 1st Management Board meeting!

Delighted to say that our first Management Board meeting took place yesterday, in the shape of an Away Day facilitated by Durham Community Action’s Carl Marshall, kindly hosted by Gentoo, thanks to Kelly Henderson. It was a pleasure to welcome on board – and begin getting to know such a positive and supportive bunch of people – and it was humbling to realise that they are prepared to give of their time and expertise to help us navigate this phase of growth and development. Thanks to everyone who came along and get well soon Alys!

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Contributing to PGCE Diversity Conference

Great to be back up in Newcastle University in the School Education, Communication and Language Sciences where Managing Director, Lisa, trained to be a teacher many moons ago. Today and tomorrow, we’re proud to have been invited to contribute a workshop to a conference for PGCE students on Diversity, Inclusion and Pupil Well-being. Our workshop explores Creative Methods for Addressing Sexting and draws on the work we developed with Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College. We’ll be showing the film on Sexting created by Rupert Ludlow together with Ferryhill students, diving into the Sex and Relationships Education Resource Pack that accompanies...

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