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Alzheimer’s Games Night

October 13 @ 4:00 pm - October 14 @ 10:30 pm
Trafalgar Bay, 7 Nunnnery Lane
York, YO23 1AB United Kingdom
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Free

We’re hosting an Alzheimer’s Games Night this Autumn. It’ll be a fun filled evening of your favourite games. We’ll be collecting donations on the night and raising all important funds to help beat dementia. FULL DETAILS TO FOLLOW NEARER THE TIME

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11:00 am

Preservation Versus Severance: Promoting Human Rights In Adoption Policy

October 14 @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
The Principal Hotel York, Station Road
York, YO24 1AA United Kingdom
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£45 – £60

This year The Open Nest Charity will host a non profit collaboration between a group of individuals and organisations who are concerned about some child protection practices that lead to the traumatic and permanent severance of parents and families from their children via adoption. Of interest to parents, carers, social workers, teachers, youth workers, politicians, lawyers, midwives, judges and experts by experience and of course any combination of the above. Based upon years of their research, academics Anna Gupta, Brigid Featherstone and Andy Bilson will set the scene for why these conversations and collaborations need to be had at this precise moment in political and social history. This will be followed by round table discussions with parents and their professional allies from supportive organisations (Announcement of organisations and collaborators coming soon) Delegates will be able to balance the research they hear with direct life experiences and the opportunity to speak with parent and ally collaborators in smaller groups at THE OPEN IDEAS CAFE. With closed adoption being the current governments preference for permanence, millions of pounds of funding has been pushed in favour of adoption recruitment and support. Many children have been severed from their family roots and personal history within that process. Parents and their families are left in living grief with little support available. The voices of adult adoptees remain scare and are often excluded in consultation and policy. Research shows women are more likely to have their children removed if they live in certain areas of the country, are care leavers, are learning disabled or because they themselves are victims of violence. Some women are multiply disadvantaged. Collaborators will share their stories and discuss ways in which the right support makes positive outcomes for families more possible. Mothers will discuss experiences of having their children placed for adoption and how they are using their experiences to educate others. Adopted people will talk about their experiences of adoption and what they feel services should focus upon. Adopters will give their experiences of positive open adoption and co parenting in the best interests of adopted children. Parent and family allies will discuss ways that working together across divides and creating safe spaces for dialogue can bring about positive cultural and systemic change. Information will be shared in RESEARCH, CONVERSATIONS and through ARTWORKS that reflect diverse experiences as well as common threads and show that individuals and groups working together to make positive change is the best way and most powerful way forward to make adoption a safe and very last resort. The day will offer opportunities for professional collaboration and information sharing. Lunch and regular refreshments are provided. See the venue website for the days beautiful settings. We will start late enough for those travelling distances to not miss anything and the venue is directly next to York Station.

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5:30 pm

Organiser of Equal: A Story of Women, Men and Money – A York Sociology Public Lecture by Carrie Gracie

October 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Room SLB/118, Spring Lane building, Heslington
York, YO10 5DD
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Free

Talk commences at 6pm. Book signing from 7.15pm. About the Talk Equal pay for equal work has been the law for half a century, but at current rates of progress the gender pay gap is unlikely to close in your lifetime. Sometimes there are legitimate reasons why women get paid less, but often not. Over the course of a career, women are losing life changing amounts of money. And even if they discover the problem, it can be almost impossible to put it right. Carrie Gracie knows this because she tried. The award-winning journalist challenged unequal pay at the BBC. After a yearlong battle and a high-profile public protest, she won her case. But by that stage she’d learned that she and her colleagues were far from alone: women everywhere told her they yearned for a level playing field at work. In Equal, she turns her reporter's eye onto what went wrong in her own workplace. And through interviews and case studies, she maps the social and economic forces driving inequality in so many others. Equal offers women advice on how to stand up for the value of their work. But it also enlists men. Pay is about power after all, and men often have what it takes to make change for this and future generations. About Carrie Gracie Carrie Gracie grew up in north east Scotland and set up a restaurant before completing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford. In a BBC career spanning more than three decades, she has served as China correspondent and Beijing bureau chief as well as a presenter on the BBC News Channel and host of the weekly BBC World Service programme The Interview. She has made many documentaries for TV and radio, winning prizes including a Peabody and an Emmy, and commentating at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In January 2018, Gracie left her post as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay. In June 2018 she won an apology and pay parity from the BBC. She donated all her back pay to the gender equality charity, the Fawcett Society, to help low paid women facing pay discrimination. She continues to serve as a BBC News presenter and, as a member of the ‘BBC Women’ group.

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