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SOS to Host the Second Knife Crime Conference in the Southwest

For the past year SOS Global has been supported by the Police and Crime Commissioners Office and local councillors culminating in the 2nd regional Knife Crime and Anti Social Behaviour Awareness Conference at the Guildhall, Exeter on 26th September 2014.

The project has engaged young people in Exeter and Torbay in an effort to reduce the use of weapons and make our communities a safer place to live. The event was opened by the Lord Mayor of Exeter, chaired by Dawn Dines (CEO & Founder of SOS Global) and included guest speakers, Judge Neligan (Retired), Andrew White the Chief Executive of the Police & Crime Commissioners Office, Superintendent Keith Perkin from the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary and Fiona Bailey from Westlands School, Torquay. Attendees included representatives from Exeter, Devon & Torbay Councils, Youth Offending Teams, the Judiciary, Drug & Alcohol Teams, Health & Well Being Boards, The NHS, a wide range of support services and young people from a variety of educational establishments.

In her opening speech, Dawn Dines said, "Factual evidence, hard hitting effectiveness and an understanding of young people are crucial. Our project shows the outcomes when knife crime occurs and also the actions that directly affect family, friends, associates and whole communities. This week being the 6th anniversary of the Ben Kinsella murder, reminds us of the long term effects of such a crime and how it behaves like a virus in the community long after the initial act. His sister Brooke in a report commissioned by the Home Office recommended that more anti-knife-crime projects should go into schools and for anti knife-crime programmes to be taught in schools. This is what we at SOS Global with the support of our Communities intend to do."

Dawn Dines said, "As a social enterprise that is passionate to keep the health and social care of young people, our aim for today, is to be co-productive and develop a multi agency action plan on youth knife crime, as part of the national movement to eliminate this problem, we all need to work better at this, to safeguard our future generations." We have been supported by a wide range of key officials and organisations throughout the area and I am pleased to announce that together we are making a real difference. I am proud to announce the results of our work to date, statistics and presentations will be delivered at The Guildhall Conference"

Cyber Bullying - SOS Global featured on BBC's Inside Out

SOS Global were filmed by the BBC during an interactive cyber bullying workshop at a local youth centre as a part of their Inside Out documentary series.
The workshop, part of a project funded by the Nominet Trust, bring to life situations though enactment of real life scenarios, to raise issues and deal with the consequences by providing safe solutions.
Dawn said, "We are proud to have been asked to participate with the BBC outlining the dangers of internet use and cyber bullying. Our work primarily is education and showing the consequences of actions to young people but most importantly showing them that if they are targeted where to get help and support. We work throughout the Southwest and my view is the more we reach the safer and more aware the community will become."
To listen to the program please follow the link... Inside Out

SOS Global - Safer Internet Day - Topsham generations to educate each other!

Health awareness provider SOS Global offered free Internet learning sessions for young children to silver surfers on 7th February, at Topsham's Matthews Hall.

Tuesday 7th February was National Safer Internet Day, this year's topic "Connecting Generations" looked at the reach of the online world across all generations and cultures and encouraged families to work together to stay safe online.

Dawn Dines said "Westward Training agreed to work with us and took part on the day with some basic computer courses for all to try. We also had Exeter Deaf Academy students in attendance to assist and share best practice and also young people from Isca School. The day was a huge success with a variety of older and younger people sharing all their online experiences. Internet safety is vital in today's world; we need to protect & educate on issues concerning data protection & cyber bulling. One in eight parents doesn't seem to mediate their children's online activities".

SOS Global were supported by Westward Pathfinder, PC World and the UK Safer Internet Centre. Dawn said, "The event could not have taken place without the backing of The Nominet Trust and The Department for Skills for Care."

To listen to Dawn's live nationwide radio interview at St Matthews Hall please follow the link ...... Iive Interview

SOS Global shares best practice with Europe

Dawn with Anders Castberger (ECAS President)

SOS Global's CEO, Dawn Dines, has been sharing UK youth health initiatives with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels this month.
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SOS shares UK's youth issues with Iceland

CEO of Health awareness provider SOS Global, Dawn Dines has been in talks with several members of State in Iceland to discuss safeguarding young people.
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Big Society bid to make community more united

SOS Global's chief executive officer Dawn Dines, 43, of Heavitree, thinks Topsham is the ideal location for the project. She said: "I chose Topsham to base the initiative because I feel it is the right size and misses out on being a part of a lot of Exeter schemes as it is a bit further away
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Exeter's connected with Cyber Bullying Facts

Exeter based, Young peoples health enterprise, SOS Global, has been working with Connexions to tackle cyber bullying.

The social enterprise has recently developed unique interactive sessions as part of a series of workshops to keep young people safe and explore the consequences of bullying both digitally and face to face. Recent sessions, which are also road showing in Secondary schools in Exeter, reveal that the majority of young people know how to bully online.

Following their first session Connexions have experienced a high level of positive feedback: over 50% of those involved said that they had gained information that they were not aware of.

To find out more about are great workshops .....click here.....

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