Freshwater mum becomes Ambassador for campaign to stop child abuse

The Wave Trust’s 70/30 campaign aims to make a 70 per cent reduction in child maltreatment by 2030. This Freshwater mum has become the Lead 70/30 Ambassador for the Isle of Wight

Natalie Thomas

Back at the start of the Coronavirus lockdown, Natalie Thomas was a single mum from Freshwater was just trying to live a reasonable life to support her and her daughter. 

Midway through lockdown Natalie underwent a traumatic experience which would become the turning point in her life.

Stop child abuse ever happening
Natalie is an adult survivor of child abuse and it was this experience which lead her to finding a charity who would campaign to stop child abuse from ever happening in the first place.

Wave Trust 70/30 campaign
Natalie then came across the Wave Trust and its 70/30 campaign.

The 70/30 campaign aims to make a 70 per cent reduction in child maltreatment by 2030.

The Wave Trust have spent years researching the driving factors behind child maltreatment and are looking to create trauma-informed communities across the UK, changing the conversation from ‘what’s wrong with you?’ to ‘what’s happened to you?’.

Lead 70/30 Ambassador for the Island
Natalie is the Lead 70/30 Ambassador for the Isle of Wight project and in her short time as an Ambassador she has engaged with Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Bob Seely, who has assured her of his support, as have many Isle of Wight councillors (listed below).

She is also working with different community organisations and churches to bring them all together to create a trauma-informed network on the Island.

The following councillors have pledged their support to Natalie:

  • Councillor Debbie Andre 
  • Councillor Reg Barry 
  • Councillor Paul Brading
  • Councillor Michael Beston
  • Councillor Shirley Smart 
  • Councillor George Cameron
  • Councillor Vanessa Churchman
  • Councillor Rodney Downer 
  • Councillor Paul Fuller 
  • Councillor Andrew Garratt 
  • Councillor Stuart Hutchinson
  • Councillor Steve Hastings
  • Councillor John Hobart
  • Councillor Michael Lilley 
  • Councillor John Medland
  • Councillor John Nicholson
  • Councillor Lora Peacy-Wilcox
  • Councillor Matthew Price
  • Councillor Tig Outlaw
  • Councillor Chris Quirk 
  • Councillor Dave Stewart 
  • Councillor Brian Tydnall
  • Councillor Ian Ward
  • Councillor Wayne Whittle 

If you’d like to find out more get in touch with Natalie you can email her via [email protected]

News shared by Natalie, in her own words. Ed

Wednesday, 19th August, 2020 5:29pm



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3 Comments on "Freshwater mum becomes Ambassador for campaign to stop child abuse"

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Well done, Natalie, for volunteering to raise awareness on the Island of complex trauma caused by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). I hadn’t heard of Wave Trust before, but I googled them and read about the 70/30 campaign. There are a lot of adults in the Island community who suffered systematic sexual, emotional or physical abuse or neglect in childhood, which can lead to a lifetime of suffering… Read more »
Mr Magoo
Having read Natalie’s article I wish her the very best but have questions. How does the Wave Trust fit with existing organisations such as social services and NSPCC? I’ve looked at the website and the trust’s laudable aims but who are the ‘we’ referred to on the website and what explicitly will the Wave Trust do that is not already being done or tried? Rather than ask… Read more »

will I am 70/30 ambassador and work and help with Natalie if email Natalie Can can ask you more questions [email protected]