The Ten for Tender launch at City Hall

On November 27th, Tender and MOPAC hosted an event to launch the Ten for Tender Campaign.

Tender is about to celebrate ten years of working to prevent domestic and sexual abuse in young people’s lives.  In 2003, the Tender team began working in just one youth centre. The next year, projects were running in five different schools.  In 2012, Tender worked in 52 youth centres and 112 schools and pupil referral units all across London. This month we began working with partners across the country to roll out our prevention programme nationally.

Throughout the years, our volunteers, supporters and advocates have been a crucial part of helping us to overcome obstacles, inspiring us to keep growing and developing.  To mark our tenth birthday, they have devised the Ten for Tender campaign.  In honour of 10 years of reaching young people, volunteers are running 10km, recruiting 10 supporters, donating £10 and much more.  They’re finding ways to celebrate Tender in their workplaces, on their sports teams, in their art classes, at their gigs and performances.

Tender and MOPAC gathered guests together in London’s Living Room at the top of City Hall to launch this campaign by looking back at the successes Tender has achieved in the last ten years and looking forward to our plans and goals for the future.

To open the night, the Deputy Mayor made a speech addressing the need for preventative work in ending all forms of violence against women.  He gave his enthusiastic support for the work of Tender in working with young people and announced that he too would be taking on a Ten for Tender pledge by running 10K in honour of Tender.

Next we saw a performance by the students of Dunraven school which explored the different ways people react when they suspect their friend is involved in an abusive relationship. Less than 30% of young people involved in an abusive relationship report this to an adult.  In most cases, they will speak to a friend if anyone at all.  Through their performance, Dunraven were looking at how they could be a positive influence if a friend disclosed abuse to them.

Tender’s Youth Board members Hannah-Lily Lanyon and Andre McLeod led the audience through the evening’s events in the role of MCs.  They motivated the audience to make their own Ten for Tender pledges for the year ahead and we received 46 on the spot ideas from the audience about what they would do in 2013 to raise awareness and funds for Tender.

Sue Higgins, principal of Parliament Hill school and Tender board member discussed her own knowledge of sexual bullying in school and why she has committed to whole school change in tackling unhealthy relationships in the lives of students.

After a screening of Tender’s anti-cyber bullying resource #Status, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer made a speech about how the CPS has been focusing on domestic abuse in teenage relationships.  He outlined how great the need is for greater preventative strategies and spoke in support of Tender’s work and the work of the youth board in taking action against violence and abuse.

Our director Susie McDonald closed the evening, thanking all those involved in helping Tender’s work to reach young people across the UK.

If you would like to be part of the action and join in with Ten for Tender in 2013, get in touch with Campaign Manager Doireann for more details on doireann@tender.org.uk.

Later this week, we’ll be posting all the Ten for Tender ideas generated during the City Hall evening to inspire you to get involved!

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