Last month, The Seeds of Change hosted a hugely successful event highlighting the dangers of County Lines and Child Exploitation. The event, held at Wootton Lower School, was organised in partnership with Bedfordshire Police, CYPFirst and YouTurn Futures and was supported by charities Unseen and Link to Change. Over 100 local parents, carers and professionals attended the information evening which aimed to educate the audience about the risks of child criminal exploitation; the prevalence of this issue in our communities and online, the grooming process and its impact, and how we can help and protect young people most at risk.

As well as providing an opportunity for local people to find out more about the serious and disturbing issues affecting young people now across Bedfordshire and beyond, the event also aimed to raise money for a local charity, Link to Change. Link to Change offers support to young people aged 12-26 across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who have been victims of exploitation. Ticket and refreshment sales amassed a fantastic total donation pot of £650 for the charity to help further their projects.

The cheque was presented to Link to Change’s CEO, Hayley Brown and Project Manager, Kelly Panaghiston this week by Rachael Frossell, Director of The Seeds of Change.

Thank you to everyone who helped to organise and support such a worthwhile event.