National award for our fabulous Taverham Community Ambassadors

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Congratulations to our Taverham Community Ambassador Programme members Anya Bond, Hattie Lynchy, Edith Yau, Juliette Van Minden and Lilly Barton-Bullman. They just won the Campaigning Award at this year’s Clarion Futures Annual Power Youth Event and Awards 2021-22

CAP is part-funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Clarion Futures. It’s supported by the DCMS, National Lottery Community Fund, HAYN Volunteering Academy and the #iwill foundation.

The programme supports young people in developing social action projects in their community, whether that’s on a small scale or globally.

Our community producer Sarah Witcomb picks up the story.

We travelled to Birmingham in July, with the buzz of the Commonwealth Games in the air. But we had hopes of winning a different kind of title.

Our Taverham Community Ambassadors and our King’s Lynn Academy Community Ambassadors were looking forward to a day of workshops and celebrations to mark their achievements.

The Taverham team were nominated for the Campaigning Award for the Flowin’ and Glowin’ project and festival. It was co-designed with Taverham High School students Anya, Hattie, Edith, Juliette and Lilly as a weekly after-school session.

Flowin’ and Glowin’ highlighted period poverty and the refugee crisis. Two topics they’re very passionate about.

After some research and planning, they found UK-based organisation Bloody Good Period. It focuses on supporting asylum seekers and refugees who menstruate and cannot afford period products, which are not a luxury but a necessity.

The ambassadors held a fundraising bake sale and tombola at their school in May and followed this up with the brilliantly executed Flowin’ and Glowin’ Festival at The Garage Norwich.

Both projects raised not just almost £600 for Bloody Good Period, but also awareness of both topics, sparking conversations .They set up school assemblies which included a video on how period poverty affects those who menstruate, and refugees in particular.

The Flowin’ and Glowin’ Festival was a day of celebrating all things menstrual and working with the local refugee community. There was Feel Good Zumba, Flow Glow Yoga, bubble teas, face-painting, a bake sale, family drag bingo, period-themed cabaret, music and a facilitated conversation over cake made by a Ukrainian baker, with people from the refugee and asylum seeker community.

There was also a community lunch in the café which included falafels from The Zainab Project. It’s a local volunteer run café giving refugees and asylum seekers transferable skills needed for future employment. It was a well thought out fun and thought-provoking day.

The well-attended festival saw the ambassadors record interviews that were played on BBC Radio Norfolk and Suffolk. They spoke about it on social media and everyone who was involved in the event, including performers, spoke about it publicly too. They truly reached their goal to reduce stigma and raise awareness for their cause.

The physical period products that people donated on the day have been donated to refugees in Norwich.

Rachel Grocott, CEO of Bloody Good Period, said: “It is so wonderful to see the Taverham Community Ambassadors getting behind the cause of menstrual equity. I greatly enjoyed my time speaking with the team, and then seeing their brilliant fundraising evolve was really exciting.

“They did a great job at organising their Glowin’ and Flowin’ event and raising such an amazing amount. It will help us meet the ever-growing demand for period products from those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them.

“As the cost-of-living crisis bites, this kind of support is more vital than ever, and we’re really grateful that young people such as these students are getting involved. A huge thank you from all at Bloody Good Period!”

The group’s journey has been much more than a coach journey to Birmingham. They truly grew in confidence and developed their social action and campaigning skills which they will take with them in their next stages of their life.

During the Clarion Futures Annual Power Youth Event and Awards our two groups took part in dance, poetry and conflict resolution, meeting some really talented and inspiring people.

It was followed by the awards ceremony, which our Taverham Ambassadors were honoured to compare, building on their presenting skills even more.

After all their hard work, it is no surprise that our group won the Campaigning Award, which we are extremely proud of. We hope it’s just the start of their social action journey as they clearly have voices and creativity that they should share with the world. They have bright futures ahead.

We’d also like to give special thanks to artist, writer and radio producer Rosa Torr who delivered the CAP in Taverham with us. She helped lead our group through their journey, guide them on social action, and event production as well as sharing valuable radio skills.

We’ve further cause to celebrate. We’re thrilled to announce we have been successful in our application for funding the CAP and also a Mini CAP again for 2022-23.

We plan to run another Taverham CAP for teenagers there. The Mini CAP will be for primary age young carers, The Care Rangers, based at Magdalen Gates Primary School in Norwich.

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