Such a social creature

Tiny car gets a well deserved rest today as I'm off to London for the Social Media Exchange courtesy of The Tudor Trust, one of the first funders to believe in my vision for and the reason everything else has been possible. Hopefully after today I'll be able to take our social media to the next level!

Last week was full as always, with time to look through the Bournemouth plans, prepared by our volunteer Julie Miller. If you want to get involved in this or any other of our projects then email

Awa and I did lots of conference preparation and the tickets are now up on Eventbrite , 9th April. We have kept the price as low as possible thanks to the generosity of and the dedication of our volunteers and this is shaping up to be the next level in making our workplaces, and society, inclusive and accepting. We are excited to be able to present to you many and diverse speakers who are driving forward change.

leads me on to the campaign for community cohesion being driven by the Southampton Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Network (such a long title, you can see why we needed the hash tag!). Chrysalis has been involved in challenging the reasons for hate crime through education and works closely with the LAGLOs (Police Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers) to support our beneficiaries. It's a sobering fact that all of our beneficiaries have at some point been victims of hate crime, our work with the LAGLOs helps them report it and gives confidence that it will be investigated and prosecuted. That the figures are still rising is testament to the improved relationship between us and the police and that increase in confidence that you will be taken seriously. Did you know that if a crime is motivated by hate then the Crown Prosecution Service will apply for a sentence uplift? And they will typically get it.

So what's on the cards for the rest of this week? We're running our training session on Thursday contact Dawn in the office to book on, I think there's a space or two left.

Tuesday / is all about health with a Health Jam planning meeting with Sheila and the CCG, building on the success of the first breakfast session, then I'm dashing over to Tatchbury Mount to talk about Chrysalis to Southern Health.

After all the rushing of Tuesday I'll be glad to stay in the office on Wednesday and then take a break on Friday.

So that's it from me, this train is crowded (but I'm smug cos I've got a seat) and I need to find some signal to upload.

Bye for now