The Joanna Simpson Foundation has been very active in the Isle of Man in the past 12 months.
We held a very successful Turquoise Ball in a marquee in the grounds of one of our trustees which raised an amazing £31,000.
Some of these funds have been used to raise awareness and educate 44 professionals on the Island with training given by Di Stubbs from Winston's Wish, a leading bereavement Children's Charity. for the care of children who have been bereaved.
We also funded a two day training course given by SafeLives for 24 professionals to stop Domestic Abuse and Homicide which was held on 21st and 22nd May.
Both Courses have proved to be very popular on the Island.
We are extremely grateful to Anne Mills at the Isle of Man Hospice who has generously provided it's Seminar Room with refreshments for both courses.
Diana Parkes Patron of the Joanna Simpson Foundation
Another Fun Event from Vodafone The guys sent in this update "As promised, we organized new activities to support Joanna Simpson Foundation. We had a lot of fun on a Trivia Night! 6 teams of 6 people came and challenged their skills in mime, reading lips, music, drawing, and some other hidden skills. Thanks to all this people we raised 215 GBP. Matched by Vodafone this brought the total up to £430. Thanks to all of you!"
Team Vodafone help turn the tables 25th July 2017
Well done to the graduate team Merce, Aroa, Yasuara and Co. at Vodafone Newbury who arranged a fun Table Football Tournament and raised £500! “Hello everybody! We are a group of Discover Graduates who arrived from Spain last September to join Vodafone Group in UK and last June we had the pleasure to organise a Table Football Tournament in Vodafone Headquarters, where we raise £500 for the Joanna Simpson Foundation, together with the collaboration ot the Vodafone Foundation . It was a week full of fun, where we discover real table football professionals among our colleagues. The event was held in one of the main buildings, in the hall, in order to attract people and make awareness of a harsh topic like the domestic abuse. We use the tournament, not only to give visibility to this awful reality, but also it was a way to connect different people to fight against it in a healthy and fun environment. The winners were Wendy and Pete, very skilled and focused players, and they received a basket full of imported Spanish products, that they enjoyed with their family and friends. We believe that any small action or change, together with millions of small changes, can generate a big impact in our society, and that is the reason why we started this initiative. Keep an eye on what are we planning next ;)” If you would like to donate please do buy clicking on the links below.
Or if you are not able to donate please sign up to easyfundraising which allows you to raise money for the Foundation while going about your normal online shopping. Ranging from basic shopping to booking holidays or getting insurance. If you have signed up the company will donate a % to JSF! https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/…/joannasimpsonfoundati…/
Once again, thank you for all your ongoing support. JSF Team
17th July 2017
We are very proud and humbled with the comment in the daily mail that the duchess of Cornwall was inspired to speak out about domestic abuse after meeting Jo's mum, Diana Parkes, at a Safelives event last year. We even get a mention in her biography published for her 70th birthday
February 1st, 2016
Joanna Simpson Foundation Encouraged by Royal Support A DOMESTIC ABUSE campaigning group has welcomed support offered by the Duchess of Cornwall during a meeting last week. Representatives from the Joanna Simpson Foundation met with the Duchess at an event in central London to discuss the impact of domestic abuse in the home. The Foundation was set up in the memory of Joanna Simpson, who was killed by her estranged husband six year ago, and founders Diana Parkes and Hetti Barkworth-Nanton briefed the Duchess on their work to help victims of serious abuse. The Duchess spent time with a group of campaigners who are working to break down the stigma which has historically been associated with violence in the home, and offered her support. Hetti commented: “We were all encouraged by the response we had from the Duchess and are enormously grateful for her offer of support. “We set up the Foundation to fund programmes which help children who have experienced the trauma of domestic abuse in the home, and we have tried to turn the horror of Joanna’s death into a positive campaign. “The meeting was a useful forum to discuss the stigma of domestic abuse and the Duchess was clearly affected by our stories. “Dozens of people die each year at the hands of their partner leaving friends and families scarred for life. This issue is too-often swept under the carpet and I hope that this very public discussion will stimulate a proper conversation with the Government about what we should be doing to reduce abuse in the home.” The two Joanna Simpson Foundation founders were participating in a briefing session organised by the charity SafeLives to inform the Duchess about the issues of coping following instances of domestic abuse. The Foundation has already been successful leading a review into the way the CPS handles domestic homicide cases and funded a unique programme to help children recover from trauma as a result of witnessing abuse in the home. ENDS Note to Editors: More information on the Joanna Simpson Foundation can be found at www.jsfoundation.org.uk. For further information please contact Heidi Jackson email@example.com
17 August, 2015
A PIONEERING PROJECT to help children overcome trauma will be trialling in the UK after a donation by a charitable foundation.
The Anna Freud Centre will be running the pilot of a specialist programme to help children who have been the victim of domestic homicide, after its successful introduction in the United States.
The money has been donated by the Joanna Simpson Foundation. The Foundation was set up in the memory of Joanna Simpson who was killed by her estranged husband. The Foundation runs fundraising events to support new initiatives to improve the help given to the children of families blighted by domestic violence.
JSF chair Hetti Barkworth-Nanton commented: “I am delighted to be able to make this award to the Anna Freud Centre whose reputation is immense in this field.
“Our aim is to provide targeted investments which have the potential to change the landscape of care given to children and their families. Together, we are hoping that this pioneering work, spearheaded by Yale University in the United States, will be brought here to help children affected by tragedy.
“All the evidence shows that children affected by domestic violence are more likely to go on to repeat the behaviour so it could not be more important that we act to help children both now and for their long term wellbeing, and ultimately break this cycle of violence.
“This is the Foundation’s first award and we hope to be able to support other initiatives in the coming months and years.”
The work will involve training clinicians at the Anna Freud Centre who are due to be trained by experts at Yale University. The Anna Freud Centre and Yale already work together collaboratively on a number of projects.
The intervention aims to support children and their carers in the immediate aftermath of the killing with a view to preventing psychological problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
David Trickey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Anna Freud Centre said: “The Anna Freud Centre is incredibly grateful to the Joanna Simpson Foundation for its generosity.
“I value both its support for this work and their expertise in the area of domestic violence. With its assistance, the Anna Freud Centre looks forward to piloting this unique intervention in the UK, working with children and their carers to prevent the development and manifestation of psychological problems.”
Notes to editors
The Anna Freud Centre is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Our vision is a world in which children and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life.
To transform the experience of children, young people and their families with mental health issues we:
·Carry out research to improve understanding of mental health and resilience and to evaluate and improve treatments and services offered
·Teach and train a new generation of researchers and clinicians in the latest skills and tools to improve mental health globally
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May 20th, 2014: DOMESTIC HOMICIDE campaigners have welcomed a change in Crown Prosecution Service policy after a new guidance note was issued following meetings with a victim's family lobbying.
The campaign team from the Joanna Simpson Foundation welcomed the news and declared the measure a ‘huge step in the right direction’ for victims' families.
The Foundation has been campaigning for changes that improve the way the CPS handles prosecutions of cases of domestic homicide.
The Foundation was set up in the memory of Joanna Brown whose killer was convicted of manslaughter despite digging a grave ahead of the attack and burying her body in Windsor Great Park. Her killer claimed diminished responsibility and the trial deteriorated into a trial of character of both the accused and his victim.
Hetti Barkworth Nanton, Chair of the Foundation commented: “I am delighted that the CPS has taken this important step forward to strengthen the way domestic violence homicide trials are carried out.
Together with Diana Parkes, Jo’s mother and Patron of the Foundation, we have been campaigning for more than 2 years and met with senior members of the judiciary, MPs, prosecutors, and the police, to press for a serious review of the way such prosecutions are managed.
As the family and friends of Joanna we were all made to suffer twice, first through the deadly attack and secondly in a traumatic court case.
Although nothing can bring Jo back, we have decided to honour her name by campaigning to try and prevent other people suffering as we had to. This is a huge step in the right direction.
We will continue to campaign to reform our outdated murder laws and raise funds to support programmes which help children who have suffered at the hands of domestic abuse."
Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said: “In some cases of homicide linked to domestic violence, the defence will seek to avoid a conviction for murder by distorting the truth about the character of the victim and defendant. Prosecutors should always challenge these attempts and this new guidance will help ensure that they are fully prepared to do so.
The Crown Prosecution Service is ready to listen to the concerns of those whose lives have been affected by crime and I am grateful to the family and friends of Joanna Simpson for raising this important issue. This dialogue has led to changes in our guidance to help prosecutors meet the challenges in these cases.”