Shama Women’s Centre is hosting four ‘Meet the Agency’ events as part of our Prevent funded project between now and March 2022
Each event is centred around particular themes to engage our diverse audience about a topic which (sadly) is in much need of an open dialogue to debunk misconceptions and negativity surrounding the ‘Prevent Strategy’. As well as raising awareness of how someone may become vulnerable to being radicalised (similarly to someone being groomed to sexual exploitation), we also discussed how to recognise the signs of radicalisation and the importance of early intervention in bringing about rehabilitation and where to access support.
Our first event took place on Tuesday 2nd November and was a huge success. Taking place from 10am – 1pm, it included an introduction, by our CEO, Khudeja Amer-Sharif, a keynote speech from our Sean Arbuthnot (Prevent Coordinator) who provided an insightful talk on ‘Local Authority and Safeguarding.’ This was then followed by a talk from one of Shama’s eight Prevent Ambassadors, Catriona. All in all, we managed to raise awareness of this important topic with our engaged audience listening attentively.
Shama also organised external agencies to be present with their information stands such as Tell MAMA, Turning Point, Trade Sexual Health, Leicester Rape Crisis and Juniper Training, who added an additional dimension to the event. They all brought a range of information to our attendees on the day, sharing their invaluable work that they do as well as providing an opportunity to network and work collaboratively.
Overall, it was packed out event with delightful talks, information stands, refreshments, snacks and light entertainment with a strong undercurrent to bring about positive change.
** If you are worried or concerned about someone, you should call National Prevent Advice Line: 0800 011 3764 or 101 to get in touch with your local Police team. If you don’t want to speak to the police it’s important you speak to someone about your concerns. For more information please Contact:
Shama Women’s Centre: 0116 251 4747**