What does YMCA WiSE do?

YMCA WiSE supports young people around staying safe in relationships, online and in the community. 

Who does YMCA WiSE work with?

We work with young people up to 25 years old in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and Surrey.  

At some point in our lives, everyone will need support with relationships. This is regardless of our gender, sexuality or background. 

If you’re a young person who is interested in working with YMCA WiSE, it’s important that you know that you’ve already got skills when it comes to keeping safe. Our job is to help you to build on these strengths. 

To do this we work with you and the people in your life towards finding the best ways to support you. 

Everyone we work with is different: some people want to chat a lot, others not very much. That’s ok, because we are happy to adapt how we work. 

Find us on Instagram

It is HERE 🎉. The e-wellbeing X WiSE podcast! Our WiSE youth Ambassadors talk to @_ewellbeing about relationships, boundaries, communication, the importance of inclusive nuanced s3x ed in schools, and red flags.

You can find the link on the @_ewellbeing bio.

#podcast #mentalhealthpodcast #relationshipadvice #relationshipadvicepodcast #sexed #boundaries #healthyboundaries #redflags #relationshipquotes #relationshipgoals #communication
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Ever been harassed and then told that it’s a compliment either by the harasser or someone else?

Let’s be clear - harassment is never a compliment. If you feel uncomfortable, scared or nervous because of someone else’s behaviour then it is harassment. It doesn’t matter what their intention is.

#sexualharassment #antisexualharassment #antiharassment #stopharassment #feminism #equality
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This is why giving consent to anything is fluid, informed, reversible, specific. Consenting to having images online through personal choice does not mean consenting to having intimate photos shared. This is online sexual harassment and online sexual abuse.

#Consent #SexualHarassment #RevengePorn #revengepornisacrime #ConsentMatters #ConsentIsSexy #ConsentEducation #ZaraMcdermott #ZaraMcdermettRevengePorn #SexEd
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Would you know sexual harassment when you see or experience it? It’s not just verbal or physical harassment which counts (although those are some common types!)

#SexualHarassment #AntiSexualHarassment #SexualHarassmentBrighton
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Our WiSE Ambassadors have created a survey about college age students experiences and the prevalence of sexual harassment. Please share and promote 🔈

#SexualHarassment #SexualHarassmentBrighton #AntiSexualHarassment
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Studies have shown that the more disconnected a young person is from their school, family and friends. The higher the chances are of them becoming victims of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) ⚠️⁠

If you think a young person is being coerced, you can help them by making a report to Front Door For Families, a team set up by @BrightonandHoveCityCouncil. ⁠

Organisations such as this are there to help young people. But they can only do so if reports are being made 🚸⁠

Even if you are purchasing drugs and your ‘dealer’ looks younger than expected. You can still make a report anonymously 🗣️⁠

How to report;⁠

Please contact Brighton’s ‘Front Door For Families’ on: ⁠

☎️ 01273 290400 ☎️ ⁠

or email the team at ⁠

📧 [email protected] 📧⁠

If you believe a child is immediate danger, always dial 999 🚨⁠

For more information please visit our website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)
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Those that are purchasing drugs are in a strong position to help young people trapped in Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) ⚠️⁠

If you are a recreational drug taker, you will often be the point of contact between a child or teen that is being exploited. ⁠

Reports make all the difference in removing these young people trapped in the dark world of CCE. ⁠

Making a report is easy and can be done anonymously.⁠

Together we can make a difference. ⁠

How to report;⁠

Please contact Brighton’s ‘Front Door For families’ on:⁠

☎️ 01273 290400 ☎️ ⁠

or email the team at ⁠

📧[email protected]📧⁠

If you believe a child is immediate danger, always dial 999 🚨⁠

For more information, please visit our website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)⁠

Follow us on Facebook @ymcawise & Twitter @TheWiSEProject⁠

#WiseUpToExploitation #YMCAWiSE⁠
#lookcloser #childexploitation⁠
#stopexploitation #letsgettalking⁠
#brightonandhove #whatsinyourpocket⁠
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To some “it’s just a bit” of drugs. To a child being exploited, it’s the catalyst that plumets their life into a world of misery.⁠

Many recreational drug users believe that the person most affected by their drug purchases is them. They don’t realise that their decision to purchase party drugs, directly fuels Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE). ⁠

If you are buying drugs, then it can be easy to detach yourself from your actions. Unfortunately, for the children and teens trapped in this world, it is not. ⁠

If you suspect a young person is being coerced, report it! ⁠

Even if you are purchasing drugs and your ‘dealer’ looks younger than expected. You can still make a report anonymously. ⁠

How to make a report;⁠ ⁠ ⁠

Please contact Brighton’s ‘Front Door For Families’ on: ⁠

☎️ 01273 290400 ☎️ ⁠ ⁠

or email the team at. ⁠

📧⁠ [email protected] 📧⁠ ⁠

If you believe a child is immediate danger, always dial 999 🚨⁠ ⁠ ⁠

For more information, please visit the website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)⁠

Follow on Facebook @ymcawise & Twitter @TheWiSEProject⁠ ⁠

#wiseuptoexploitation #ymca #partydrugs #whatsinyourpocket #childexploitation ⁠
#childcriminalexploitation #protectchildrenfromabuse ⁠
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Have you ever thought about how drugs arrive in and move around our city? ⁠⁠⁠⁠🤔⁠
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Did you know that children are used by organised crime groups to transport, store and distribute drugs and the profits of drugs, within Brighton and Hove, and across the country? ⁠⁠⚠️⁠

This activity, known as ‘Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)’ has increased markedly over the last 2 years, and Brighton is the top target of county lines dealers according to a new report from London City Hall, with vulnerable children as young as 10 being targeted.⁠

CCE involves children and teens being forced to move drugs and cash around the city, so organised crime groups can stay under the radar of law enforcement.⁠

These young victims are groomed with gifts and promises. Then blackmailed and subjected to fear, intimidation, and physical violence. ⁠

The most common age for CCE victims is between 15-17 years old. These victims often create an image through the clothes they wear and the persona they portray, in order to protect themselves from being beaten up and having the drugs and/or cash they are carrying from being stolen. ⁠

If you see a young person involved in drug dealing, report it❗⁠

⁠Even if you are purchasing drugs and your ‘dealer’ looks younger than expected. You can still make a report anonymously ✅ ⁠

We all have a responsibility to help prevent children from entering this life 🚸⁠

How to make a report;⁠ ⁠ ⁠

Please contact Brighton’s ‘Front Door For Families’ on: ⁠

☎️ 01273 290400 ☎️ ⁠ ⁠

or email the team at. ⁠

📧⁠ [email protected] 📧⁠ ⁠

If you believe a child is immediate danger, always dial 999 🚨⁠ ⁠ ⁠

For more information, please visit the website 📲⁠
https://www.ymcadlg.org/wise-up-to-exploitation/ ⁠ ⁠

Follow on Facebook @ymcawise & Twitter @TheWiSEProject⁠ ⁠

#wiseuptoexploitation #ymcawise⁠
#lookcloser #childexploitation⁠
#stopexploitation #letsgettalking⁠
#brightonandhove #whatsinyourpocket⁠
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Would you make a report if you saw a young person involved in drug dealing? ⁠

Would you see past the fake image they create through the clothes they wear and persona they portray?⁠

So many of the young victims that fall into the world of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) are misidentified as being older, and misunderstood as being in control of the situation. ⁠

Whether they are a victim of a local drug gang or victim of their circumstance. These young people need the help and support of the community.⁠

We cannot stress enough that we are not asking for members of the public to stop taking drugs (although that wouldn't be a bad thing). ⁠

We are urging for reports to be made to Front Door For Families. This team at @brigthonandhovecitycouncil have been put in place specifically to help young people in the most dire situations.⁠

It is important to remember that if you are purchasing drugs, and your ‘dealer’ looks younger than expected. You can still make a report anonymously!⁠

How to report;⁠

Please contact Brighton’s ‘Front Door For families’ on: ⁠

☎️ 01273 290400 ☎️ ⁠

or email the team at ⁠

📧⁠ [email protected] 📧⁠

If you believe a child is immediate danger, always dial 999 🚨⁠

For more information, please visit our website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)⁠

Follow us on Facebook @ymcawise & Twitter @TheWiSEProject⁠

#WiseUpToExploitation #YMCAWiSE⁠
#lookcloser #childexploitation⁠
#stopexploitation #letsgettalking⁠
#brightonandhove #whatsinyourpocket⁠
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Organised crime groups target vulnerable children and teens ⚠️⁠

Gangs will often target young people if they've been excluded from school, if they have special educational needs, if they have poor mental health and if they have problems at home, such as; domestic abuse, sexual abuse and neglect ⁠

Reports are crucial in order for these young pole to get the help they need.⁠

If you see or know of a young person involved in drug dealing. It is crucial that you make a report. The young person, nor you will get in trouble. It is just to ensure they get the help they need to escape their captives.⁠

Even if you are purchasing drugs and your ‘dealer’ looks younger than expected. You can still make a report anonymously. ⁠

We can make a difference by making reports 🗣️⁠

How to report;⁠

Please contact Brighton’s ‘Front Door For families’ on:⁠

☎️ 01273 290400 ☎️ ⁠

or email the team at ⁠

📧[email protected]📧⁠

If you believe a child is immediate danger, always dial 999 🚨⁠

For more information, please visit our website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)⁠

Follow us on Facebook @ymcawise & Twitter @TheWiSEProject⁠

#WiseUpToExploitation #YMCAWiSE⁠
#lookcloser #childexploitation⁠
#stopexploitation #letsgettalking⁠
#brightonandhove #whatsinyourpocket⁠
...

To some “it’s just a bit” of drugs. To a child being exploited, it’s the catalyst that plummets their life into a world of misery.⁠

A lot of recreational drug users believe that the person most affected by their drug purchases is them. They don’t realise that their decision to purchase party drugs, directly fuels Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) ⁠

If you are buying drugs, then it can be easy to detach yourself from your actions. Unfortunately, for the children and teens trapped in this world, it is not ⛓️⁠

If you suspect a young person is being coerced, report it! ⁠

Even if you are purchasing drugs and your ‘dealer’ looks younger than expected. You can still make a report anonymously. ⁠

How to report;⁠

Please contact Brighton’s ‘Front Door For families’ on: ☎️ 01273 290400 ☎️ ⁠
or email the team at ⁠
📧⁠ [email protected] 📧⁠

If you believe a child is immediate danger, always dial 999 🚨⁠

For more information, please visit our website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)⁠

Follow us on Facebook @ymcawise & Twitter @TheWiSEProject⁠

#WiseUpToExploitation #YMCAWiSE⁠
#campaignforchange #studentlife⁠
#stopexploitation #letsgettalking #brightonandhove⁠
#whatsinyourpocket #togetherwecan
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A survey we conducted found that 96% of people that took part would see children and teens under the age of 18 as victims if they were dealing drugs ⚠️⁠

A lot of the young people involved in Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) can be perceived as being older due to their appearance and persona. ⁠

It is imperative that we see beyond the fake image portrayed by these young victims. As it is often a defence mechanism in order to protect themselves from being beaten up and having the drugs and/or cash that they are carrying stolen‼️⁠

If the drugs and/or cash is taken, the drug gang controlling them then black mails the young person with threats and physical violence and demands that they repay the debt. This keeps them indebted to the gang and starts a revolving cycle of which the child or teenager cannot escape.⁠

For more information, please visit our website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)⁠

Follow us on Facebook @ymcawise & Twitter @TheWiSEProject⁠

#WiseUpToExploitation #YMCAWiSE⁠
#campaignforchange #childexploitation⁠
#stopexploitation #letsgettalking⁠
#brightonandhove #whatsinyourpocket
...

Children and Teens escape Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) through the intervention organisations such as Front Door For Families ⚠️⁠

If you suspect a young person is being coerced, report it! ⁠📱⁠

Even if you are purchasing drugs and your ‘dealer’ looks younger than expected. You can still make a report anonymously ⁠

How to report;⁠

Please contact Brighton’s ‘Front Door For families’ on: ☎️ 01273 290400 ☎️ ⁠
or email the team at ⁠
📧 [email protected] 📧⁠

If you believe a child is immediate danger, always dial 999 🚨⁠

For more information please visit our website 📲⁠
(Link In Bio)⁠

#ymca #wiseuptoexploitation #whatsinyourpocket #campaignforchange #childexploitation #stopexploitation #letsgettalking⁠
#brightonandhove ⁠
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girl3

"I liked that I could talk about taboo subjects and not feel judged"

boyq

"It has helped a lot, I never opened up to professionals, but my WiSE worker helped me to open up and has taken a lot of problems off my shoulders"

girla

"I’ve learnt to be happier, safer and generally more confident with myself"

What can we do to help?

boya

We can meet you in places where you feel comfortable. This could be McDonalds, school, a youth centre or somewhere outside.   

We will work with you to build your own support plan. This means that you help to decide the topics we’ll cover, the type of work you want to do, and how often we meet.  

An example of the types of topics we cover; healthy relationships, consent, sexual health, online safety, grooming, keeping safe, self esteem.

We are a charitable independent organisation, so its your choice if you want to work with us. If you don’t want to work with us, or decide to stop, that is completely okay.  If you still need support we can suggest other organisations that could help. 

We believe that it’s important to ask young people for their expertise – to help us run our project as well as we can, click this link to our participation page.

WiSE isn’t a crisis service. If you are not safe please call 999.

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