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New intern Lucie shares her first impressions on joining the Tender team

I am coming to the end of my 2nd week at Tender and feeling incredibly positive and encouraged about the 3 months ahead which I get to spend here. I was warmly welcomed into the office by the lovely team who have all been very helpful. There’s a friendly yet focused atmosphere in the office, everyone is clearly passionate about what they do which is the environment you want to be in.

My first 2 days I spent finding content for Social Media, which I must say has been great. Plenty of time to read, listen to talks and watch short films on topics including; current legislation affecting Women’s Rights, Charities and initiatives working to promote Gender Equality, Sex and Health Education in the UK and Worldwide, and stories of the harsh reality of the scale of Domestic Violence and the impact it has on people. There is so much going on when you start looking. I’ve gone through waves of emotion as I delved through various news sites and websites of organisations working in the women’s sector. Such pain at the injustices some women experience in their lives and anger at their perpetrators. Disbelief at the lack of education some children, soon to become men and women, receive about what a healthy relationship looks like. And also such hope for the future, hearing empowering stories of people all over the world fighting for Gender equality and the end of Violence and Against Women. What a rollercoaster, a very meaningful one. That’s just the research for the Social Media accounts. I’ve also be told I’ll be helping with a research project – How Domestic Violence affects Health, and yesterday I bagged up a load of resources for a Tender event, so I think my workload here will be quite diverse.

I first came across Tender a year ago, and have been following their amazing work since. It combined three passions of mine, the arts, children and young people, and social justice. I have worked with a range of young people over the years and you see it all the time, children as young as 5, so inquisitive, trying to understand their lives and their relationships. They want to learn. Having a space to use the arts to explore social issues I believe is highly effective method. Being here has also brought back memories of being a teenager myself and the difficulties I faced; peer pressure, not having the confidence to say what I felt and believed, not even being sure what I believed at times and getting into some pretty unhealthy relationships, without really understanding that it wasn’t right. From what I’ve seen so far Tender are working alongside young people to explore the complexities of real issues that impact their everyday lives and supporting them to develop the skills they need to keep themselves safe. What an amazing thing to do.

Luckily for me I’ve come at a good time. This weekend the Tender and a group of Young People from all over London are putting on an event, showcasing the work they been involved in, which will give me a great insight into the work they have been doing. So I’ll leave it on that note, I’m very grateful to be here, and looking forward to being entertained, educated and probably quite emotional this weekend.

Written by Tender intern, Lucie

I am coming to the end of my 2nd week at Tender and feeling incredibly positive and encouraged about the 3 months ahead which I get to spend here. I was warmly welcomed into the office by the lovely team who have all been very helpful. There’s a friendly yet focused atmosphere in the office, everyone is clearly passionate about what they do which is the environment you want to be in.

My first 2 days I spent finding content for Social Media, which I must say has been great. Plenty of time to read, listen to talks and watch short films on topics including; current legislation affecting Women’s Rights, Charities and initiatives working to promote Gender Equality, Sex and Health Education in the UK and Worldwide, and stories of the harsh reality of the scale of Domestic Violence and the impact it has on people. There is so much going on when you start looking. I’ve gone through waves of emotion as I delved through various news sites and websites of organisations working in the women’s sector. Such pain at the injustices some women experience in their lives and anger at their perpetrators. Disbelief at the lack of education some children, soon to become men and women, receive about what a healthy relationship looks like. And also such hope for the future, hearing empowering stories of people all over the world fighting for Gender equality and the end of Violence and Against Women. What a rollercoaster, a very meaningful one. That’s just the research for the Social Media accounts. I’ve also be told I’ll be helping with a research project – How Domestic Violence affects Health, and yesterday I bagged up a load of resources for a Tender event, so I think my workload here will be quite diverse.

I first came across Tender a year ago, and have been following their amazing work since. It combined three passions of mine, the arts, children and young people, and social justice. I have worked with a range of young people over the years and you see it all the time, children as young as 5, so inquisitive, trying to understand their lives and their relationships. They want to learn. Having a space to use the arts to explore social issues I believe is highly effective method. Being here has also brought back memories of being a teenager myself and the difficulties I faced; peer pressure, not having the confidence to say what I felt and believed, not even being sure what I believed at times and getting into some pretty unhealthy relationships, without really understanding that it wasn’t right. From what I’ve seen so far Tender are working alongside young people to explore the complexities of real issues that impact their everyday lives and supporting them to develop the skills they need to keep themselves safe. What an amazing thing to do.

Luckily for me I’ve come at a good time. This weekend the Tender and a group of Young People from all over London are putting on an event, showcasing the work they been involved in, which will give me a great insight into the work they have been doing. So I’ll leave it on that note, I’m very grateful to be here, and looking forward to being entertained, educated and probably quite emotional this weekend.

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