Yellow Door visits Parliament

Last Summer, Yellow Door's STAR Project was shortlisted as Best Education Project in the 2018 National Lottery Awards. Although unfortunately we did not win, as a finalist we were delighted to be invited to the Camelot Parliamentary Reception on 4th December 2018 to celebrate the great projects that were shortlisted across the country.

What is the STAR Project?

Yellow Door’s STAR Project was established in 2000 and is now recognised as an award-winning educational outreach programme working across Southampton and Western Hampshire. STAR's work goes hand-in-hand to complement and broaden the existing PSHE curriculum; offering participants a relevant and relatable perspective on relationships and sex.

The STAR Project works with children and young people in schools, universities, community centres and other youth settings. The aim of this project is to initiate conversations that get young people thinking about what healthy relationships look like, as well as how to recognise and get help with unhealthy relationships or situations.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 people will experience some form of abuse or interpersonal violence at some point in their lives. This is why it is so important for initiatives like STAR to start conversations about reducing this figure and carry out preventative workshops, engaging with young people on issues around safer relationships. STAR uses creative and interactive workshops to get young people thinking about consent, bullying, self-esteem, peer-pressure, exploitation, internet safety and much more, and ultimately aim to prevent the incidents and impacts of domestic and sexual abuse. STAR is important for equipping children and young people with tools and skills for having healthy and happy relationships, both now and in the future.

There are so many different topics and issues (as you can see from the graphic below) which STAR covers to give the generation of tomorrow the ability to distinguish between right and wrong in the setting of relationships and sex education, most importantly how to keep themselves and others safe.

Camelot Parliamentary Reception

The Reception evening was a great chance for us to meet with some inspiring and moving projects, working towards helping vulnerable people and starting conversations about relevant and upcoming issues. We had the pleasure of meeting with Strictly Star, Joe McFadden, who gave a talk on the recent work carried out by the Big Lottery Fund and specifically the Big Lunch - a project which sparks a greater sense of community in different cities across the country. Some of the other people we had the pleasure of meeting were from some phenomenal organisations across the United Kingdom, such as Lynn Duffy MBE, Founder of Honeyrose Foundation; Hilary Berg, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Iceland; as well as two representatives from Kingdom Off Road Motorcycling Club.

A tremendously encouraging and inspiring evening, it was a pleasure to attend and take part in celebrating the work of third sector organisations across the United Kingdom. Yellow Door and STAR were honoured and humbled to be counted as one of the fantastic charities, playing their part in helping those in need!

We're incredibly grateful for this opportunity from the Big Lottery. And also spend out a big thank you again to all who supported our nomination for the 2018 National Lottery Awards - fingers crossed for next time!

If you're interested in finding out more about the STAR Project, or are looking to book sessions for your school or community group, visit our website for more details and to get in touch.

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