UK charity, WAVE Trust celebrated its pioneering, new 70/30 Campaign in style last week with a reception in Parliament. The 70/30 Campaign, a ground-breaking movement, driven by an ever-growing network of volunteers dedicated to reducing child abuse and neglect by 70% by the year 2030, announced the launch of local groups across the country, including 2 groups in Wandsworth.
The event, hosted by Lord Chris Fox, saw top politicians and UK charity representatives meet with 70/30 grassroots campaigners from across the UK. Former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg opened the evening by taking to the stage to show his support for WAVE’s primary preventive work (preventing harm before it happens) and its 70/30 goal (to reduce child maltreatment by 70% by 2030). Nick told his audience, “WAVE has brought science and rigor and policy to something which intuitively everybody knows is true…everybody intuitively knows, as parents, as individuals, as members of society that damage done in the earliest point in the life of any individual is damage which tends to manifest itself in evermore distressing ways later in life.” He added, “So much of what we do as a Government is about trying to remedy problems which we failed to tackle earlier. The benefits of addressing issues at the earliest point in a child’s life are potentially huge”.
However, arguably the highlight of the evening was when one of 70/30's very own volunteers, Rob Robinson took the opportunity to share with those attending the reception his own very personal reasons for getting involved with the campaign. Rob shared with his audience a candid and inspiring account of his own childhood experiences of both abuse and neglect and highlighted with great dignity the effect such experiences had on his life both as a child and into adulthood. He said, "I spent my whole life looking for the 70/30 campaign, because it should’ve been there for my mum and dad, and it’s a real shame that they weren’t there 'coz we had to go through all of this, so that we can start campaigning now." He added, "If everyone gives just a little bit to this work, we will stop child abuse for our children and for our grandchildren. We all have a role to play, it's up to us now to make it happen".
Groups have just launched in Wandsworth. Now is your chance to do something truly special for the children in your community.
WAVE Trust encourages anybody interested in finding out more about how to get involved to get in touch either by visiting the website www.70-30.org.uk or emailing email@example.com. Alternatively, you can contact Wandsworth Group Coordinator, Sam Lawes directly on 020 8688 3773.