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Developing a Trauma Informed Community

Home Start and Wave trust are inviting the local community to the screening of “Resilience; the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope”. The film is an opportunity to understand the effects of Adverse Childhood Events (ACES) on children with the aim of raising awareness, developing a better quality of life for all and to develop a Trauma Informed Community in West Berkshire.

Public Health will be hosting the screening on Monday 3 June 2019 from 9.30am -11.45am at West Berkshire Council Chamber, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD. If you would like to attend please book your free place here. Following the screening there will an opportunity to discuss ideas on the next steps that need to be taken.  

There is increasing evidence that early identification of ACES can prevent long-term harmful effects such as anxiety disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, behavioural problems, personality disorders, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and substance misuse.

By addressing trauma in adults and raising awareness of vulnerability we can develop stronger, more resilient individuals and communities, preventing the reoccurrence of ACES in future generations.

Individuals, Community Groups, Voluntary Sector Organisations, Thames Valley Police, Public Health teams and Royal Berkshire Hospital are all interested in working together and a number of schools within Berkshire have already begun planning pilots to become ‘trauma informed’ so that children’s behaviour is recognised as a way of communicating their distress.

Here is a link to a preview of the film and how a trauma informed community changed the town of Walla, Walla, USA.