Alien Word

This month, we're all about respect and consent.  Shaniqua has shared a poem that fits in with the themes and help to get our conversations started. Extracted from your vocabulary, a simple word powerful in execution, a word you should have learnt to use – Control – having power to influence or determine your behaviour. … Continue reading Alien Word

What makes a healthy relationship? – Part 2

We were talking Healthy Relationships at The Kickback on November 20th, which led to a great conversation with so much said that I had split the write-up into two parts.  Part 1 provided insight into our thoughts on what relationships are, what makes them healthy and the idea of agape love. After speaking about what … Continue reading What makes a healthy relationship? – Part 2

What makes a healthy relationship? – Part 1

The conversation at The Kickback on November 20th was all about Healthy Relationships, which I knew was going to be a great conversation, but I wasn't prepared for how great it was going to be.  There was a whole lot of ground covered and a whole lot we couldn't even get to - we genuinely … Continue reading What makes a healthy relationship? – Part 1

Does your no mean no?

As I was scrolling through Twitter one day this week, I came across a tweet that forced me to do a double take and give my full attention to process what it was saying. https://twitter.com/Oloni/status/1062342287756353536 Once I fully deeped what I had read, I found myself nodding in agreement and seriously thinking about what had … Continue reading Does your no mean no?

Trapped

Last week, we collaborated with Croydon Community Against Trafficking (CCAT) for a special event to raise awareness of trafficking and modern slavery.  I wrote and shared a poem, created especially for the event, which I am sharing below in the lead up to Tuesday's Poetic Insight.  It is called Trapped. He thought he’d get his … Continue reading Trapped

Guest Post: What is Modern Slavery?

“Modern slavery is the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability” Modern slavery is ubiquitous. It is despairing that in the 21st century a statement such as this rings of truth. We did not confine slavery to the passage of history, instead, it’s become … Continue reading Guest Post: What is Modern Slavery?

Why I Am Taking Time Out to Heal

If you read last week's blog post, you would have seen that the events taking place this month were going to be the last YPI events for a little while.  It's not that YPI is going anywhere or quickly disappearing - I am simply in need of a break.  An extended one. For the past … Continue reading Why I Am Taking Time Out to Heal

Developing Connections Through Young People Insight

Whenever I describe what Young People Insight is, the tagline is always a platform that empowers the voices of young people and encourages community engagement.  However, there is a lot more to it than that. One of the things at the core of YPI is developing connections, which essentially stems from the community engagement element.  … Continue reading Developing Connections Through Young People Insight