We’re pleased to announce that the Youth Court Solutions (YCS) launch event on the 11th February went extremely well and was attended by 149 colleagues from around the country. The University of Northampton supported the hosting of the webinar which was chaired by the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Mr Paul Parsons, and the rest of panel were Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC, Mr Dominic Goble JP DL (Deputy Chair of The Crysalys Foundation), Professor Nick Petford (Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of Northampton), Mr John Tenconi (Chairman of the Michael Seiff Foundation), Miss Claire Ely (Head of Innovative Practice at the Centre for Justice Innovation) and Mrs Jane Deamer (Development Manager of The Crysalys Foundation). Guests included representatives of the offices of the Ministry of Justice and the Children’s Commissioner for England.
Our Development Manager, Jane Deamer, led the main presentation on The Crysalys Foundation and it’s key role in the detailed project planning, management and realisation of the new service (available on MP4 below). We have also shared some of the media achieved including an article courtesy of the Magistrates’ Association with our Deputy Chair, Dominic Goble JP DL, an interview undertaken with BBC Radio Northampton with our Chair, Associate Professor Adrian Pryce DL and Dominic and the Chronicle & Echo coverage of the event.
Northampton Chronicle & Echo (external link)
BBC Radio Northampton Interview (click below)
This week is national Children’s Mental Health week. The theme this year is EXPRESS YOURSELF!
We would encourage children to try new healthy ways of expressing themselves including art, poetry, keeping a diary, talking with friends or family or seeking help from others if you feel you need it.
We would encourage adults to listen to and support children and young people please.
This is a very difficult time for everyone so please let’s all look after our own and loved ones, friends, neighbours and colleagues mental health together
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The new Youth Court Solutions service will be officially launched on the 11th February 2021 at an event digitally hosted by the University of Northampton. The Crysalys Foundation has been a critical part of the YCS working group, chaired by the county’s High Sheriff, Paul Parsons, and have contributed significant pro bono expertise within the last year. We will manage the service under a Memorandum of Understanding with Northamptonshire County Youth Bench. We have led the process of mapping and writing a 12 months pilot project plan with main delivery partners Service Six and Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service. The new service will start once lockdown restrictions allow.
Annual General Meeting: we are giving notice that we are holding our annual general meeting on Thursday the 26th November 2020 at 7pm to 8pm via zoom. If you would like to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide a zoom link for the meeting. The meeting will review our activities for the period April 2019 to March 2020 including a finance report. We will also share our Impact Report for the year and future plans for 2020 and beyond.
We’re delighted to announce we have been awarded £10,000 funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Government for making this possible. Our new project Tackling Trauma will provide free digital information, self-help and support to aid Northamptonshire individuals, families, cross sector organisations and communities to recognise, understand and manage their trauma caused by COVID-19. Using digital methodology enables sustainability regardless of future local restrictions or lockdowns such as Northampton’s pending actions. Beneficiaries will achieve increased: health and wellbeing; increased personal support networks; and increased community connectivity.
Last year The Crysalys Foundation was awarded £9,600 from the National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All to develop our ACEs Volunteering activities. We had a target to recruit an additional 20 volunteers to complete 200 volunteering hours. We’re pleased to update that so far our activities have benefitted from the input of 12 new and diverse volunteers who have completed 157 hours including fundraising, marketing, consultancy and IT support. We’ve also completed our targets to create a Volunteering Strategy, Pack and Action Plan. Although we’ve struggled to attract more new volunteers during the lockdown period, our volunteers have still been working hard for us. Big thanks to all our volunteers and supporters. If you, your company, your staff or your community group might be able to support Crysalys to help disadvantaged families to help themselves – let us know. We’d love to hear from you. Thank you
First Anniversary Event. We celebrated the anniversary of our launch in 2019 at an event that took place on Sunday the 15th March at The Royal & Derngate in Northampton. Our Chair (Adrian Pryce DL) and our Development Manager (Jane Deamer) shared updates and light refreshments with our team, partners and supporters including: The Lord Lieutenant, David Laing; The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Paul Parsons; The Mayor of Northampton, Nazim Choudary; and Northampton Borough Council Leader, Jonathan Nunn.
New Youth Court Solutions Project.
We’re going to be leading on a project delivered in partnership with the Northamptonshire County Youth Bench. We’ll be leading on a UK first project to deliver an at court solutions service to provide youth court defendants, victims, witnesses, family and friends with information and aid referrals through to a wide range of cross sector community based services. We hope to start the service in the Spring of 2021 and our key delivery partners will be regional award winning charity, Service Six and Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service. The working group for the new project is chaired by Northamptonshire High Sheriff, Paul Parsons, supported by Dominic Goble JP DL and John Baker JP (Chair of the Northamptonshire County Youth Panel and Chair of Northamptonshire Out of Court Disposals Scrutiny Panel).
Our Development Manager, Jane Deamer, has been progressing the new project initiative for us on a pro bono basis and said, “The implementation of a new single Northamptonshire, Youth Justice Centre, held fortnightly in Wellingborough, provides a valuable opportunity to pilot an innovative holistic hub model to help to achieve youth crime reduction and prevention in the county. The hub will be co-ordinated by national registered charity, The Crysalys Foundation, who will maximise the centre’s fortnightly court hearings to proactively engage and build relationships with perpetrators, victims and families. The hub will act as a referral pathway to a range of complementary interventions including diversionary, group work, therapy and community activity programmes delivered by a network of other county charities. The hub will strive for collective positive impact with outcomes such as improved health and wellbeing, increased family communication and resilience, reduced recidivism and accredited positive activity awards. Overtime, as more partners collaborate and the hub develops, outcomes could expand to include reduced drug use, binge drinking and homelessness.
The Crysalys Foundation’s vision is that every child deserves a happy youth. The charity is working with a range of partners towards a new approach to transforming disadvantaged children’s experiences today for all our tomorrows. One of their core aims is reducing, preventing and treating adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s). ACE’s are witnessed or directly experienced highly stressful and traumatic incidents, such as domestic abuse, abuse or parental substance abuse. These incidents can be everyday occurrences for some children and research indicates they can impact babies from 17 weeks of age in the womb for a lifetime. In 2016 local research highlighted that preventing ACE’s could reduce lifetime incarcerations by 50%, violence perpetration by 61% and victimisation by 56% (Adverse Childhood Experiences in Hertfordshire, Luton and Northamptonshire, Ford et al, 2016). Most of the recognised ACE’s (and other adversities) impact on the justice system. Children and adults with experience of ACE’s may come into contact with the criminal justice system – both as victims or witnesses and perpetrators of crime. They may also interact with the civil justice ‘family law’ system. The justice system therefore has a key role in preventing and, in particular, mitigating the impact of ACE’s. The new hub will adopt an agile methodology to test, evaluate and develop new and impactful approaches to collaborative working to make Northamptonshire a healthier, happier and safer county for everyone.”
We’d like to say a big thank you to Adrian Palmer at HMCTS for his support at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court and Claire Ely and Michelle McGuire at Criminal justice Innovation in London for their support and wisdom gained from their at court adult advice services.
Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Services (NDAS) are delighted to announce The National Lottery Community Fund have awarded them a grant of £49,734. The grant will fund a county pilot project to collectively prevent, reduce and treat adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). NDAS are leading a partnership approach which will build on local ACEs research outcomes in 2016 whilst harnessing good practice in the county. Initial partners include community members, Northamptonshire Police, University of Northampton, Service Six, The Faraway Children’s Charity and The Crysalys Foundation. The pilot and follow on work will seek to create a new trauma informed clinical model of co-working which could revolutionise the way in which cross sector services are currently delivered and funded.
Ten families will be engaged to help develop the pilot model and evaluate outcomes and impact. The initial targeted families will be disadvantaged, have evidence of childhood trauma and include at least one child under the age of 7 years. Local ACEs research strongly links childhood trauma to numerous negative life outcomes including poor health, teenage pregnancy, substance and alcohol misuse, violence victimisation and perpetration. Short to long term collective impacts for beneficiaries can include: improved wellbeing; increased education attendance and attainment; and improved parenting and family life. Local research suggests longer-term differences achieved by preventing ACEs in the future could reduce: violence victimisation by 56%; violence perpetration by 61%; incarceration by 50%; cannabis use by 45%; binge drinking by 22%; smoking by 25%; unintended teenage pregnancy by 44%; heroin and crack use by 54%; poor diets by 14%; and early sex by 36%.
NDAS Strategic Director (CEO), Dr Rachel Duncan said, ‘The grant news is fantastic and comes after several years of hard work to develop the initial partnership. Project insights will help us to shape a new holistic approach. Together we can work out the best ways to combine all our knowledge, resources and actions to help children and families restore their wellbeing and reach their potential.’
For further information please contact NDAS at email@example.com.
The Crysalys Foundation are delighted to announce The National Lottery Community Fund have awarded them an Awards for All grant of £9,600. The grant will fund a project to maximise Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Volunteering in Northamptonshire as part of the foundation’s activities.
The foundation’s vision is that every child deserves a happy youth and is working with cross sector partners to create a new approach to transforming disadvantaged children’s experiences today for all our tomorrows.
The new project will increase the number and capacity of Northamptonshire volunteers working together to create an ACEs model of excellence which will ultimately prevent, reduce and treat ACEs impacts which are strongly linked with a number of poor life outcomes. The foundation wants to maximise in kind expertise, knowledge and skills in the community to help them with the activities. The grant will fund training, a volunteer strategy, action plan and policy set as a basis for existing and new volunteer actions.
Crysalys Chair, Adrian Pryce DL said, ‘We’re over the moon at the news we have been awarded a grant. This will enable us to harness community expertise to progress our plans to help local traumatised children. We only launched in February so this is a great early step forward.’
The Crysalys Foundation is also a core partner in the new ACEs Action Northamptonshire partnership led by NDAS and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. The pilot and follow on work will seek to create a new trauma informed clinical model of co-working which could revolutionise the way in which cross sector services are currently delivered and funded.
For further information please contact The Crysalys Foundation.