2021 Conference

2021 Conference

Join us at the Action on ACEs Conference 2021: From ACEs to Resilience

You’re invited to join us at the Action on ACEs Conference 2021; a free virtual event aimed at people who are aware of, talking about and taking action on adverse childhood experiences.

We know that a history of ACEs can underpin poor educational attainment, health-harming behaviours and anti-social and criminal behaviour in adolescence, and in later life the development of premature ill health and death.

We also know that not everyone who suffers ACEs experiences the same harmful outcomes.  Experts suggest that building resilience can help avoid and overcome many of the problems arising from childhood adversity. Resilience is enhanced by the presence of protective factors; building on an individual’s strengths and skills and the existence of safe, stable, nurturing relationships.

Our 2021 conference, ‘From ACEs to Resilience’ will focus on resilience, how to build it in children and young people and how we can support adults who have experienced ACEs. It will help us to consider what we can all do in our roles as trusted adults, professionals, colleagues and members of our own communities to build trauma informed relationships.

We are delighted to be joined by keynote speakers, Professor Mark Bellis (Director of Policy and International Health, WHO Collaborating Centre on Investment for Health & Well-being) and Jaz Ampaw –Farr (‘resilience ninja’, educator, author and founder of the charity Everyday Heroes).

We also welcome Kirsty Tate from The Nelson Trust and our panel of Trauma Informed Relational Practice (TIRP) experts, Molly Macleod, James Saunders, Juliette Ttofa and Samantha James.

Alongside this, we will host interactive workshops led by trail-blazing practitioners from a range of sectors. These include:

  • Tom Shaw, Senior Manager of Research and Development, Carr Manor Community School, Molly Macleod, Restorative Practice Service Lead, Gloucestershire County Council
  • Yvette Fay, Deputy Head Teacher at Iffley Academy and Chantel Yeates from Belmont School
  • Charlotte Blanch Head Teacher at St Gregory the Great Primary School and Gayle Fletcher Head Teacher at Gloucester Road Primary School, Charlotte Fearn, Restorative Practice Operational Manager, Gloucestershire County Council
  • Victoria Robson, Chief Executive Officer at The Door Youth Project
  • Richard Berry, Co-chair of the National ‘Engage in their Future’ Committee, educational consultant, Mental Health First Aid Trainer and Mental Health and Wellbeing Ambassador for Gloucester Rugby and the Rugby Football Union.
  • Indigo Redfern, Chief Executive, GL11 Community Hub, Audrey Harris, Families and Wellbeing Manager, GL11 Community Hub
  • Caroline Walker, Head of Communities, Cheltenham Borough Homes

Finally, throughout the day, we will celebrate individuals making a difference in our communities, through the presentation of our first Action on ACEs Change Maker Awards.

You can find out more about the workshops and download the conference flyer below:

Aces Conference Flyer

Want to take part?

Make sure you ‘book now‘ for what promises to be an informative and inspirational event.