Basis are the social issues specialists. We design and deliver specialist training on the social issues affecting our communities today.
Our aim is to promote understanding of relevant social issues and empower professionals, young people and communities through high-quality, holistic training. Our courses are created to meet each individual organisation’s needs and are CPD®-certified. Experienced practitioners who are also passionate and skilled trainers deliver our courses with the latest techniques and styles, to ensure an interactive and engaging learning experience.
Basis is part of Basis Yorkshire (formerly Genesis Leeds)- a long standing Yorkshire based charity with a key focus on child sexual exploitation and adult sex work. For many years we have informally delivered training to professionals and shared our expertise in order to raise awareness with young people. Developing this area of our work, we officially launched Basis in 2012 as a specialist training organisation.
Being part of a charity means all our income contributes towards better outcomes for female sexworkers and victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE). Our heritage and grassroots work provides a unique foundation for providing effective and relevant training within current social issues.
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Based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, we deliver training nationally, bringing our specialist knowledge and experience to organisations all over the UK. Our roots in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city allow us to understand, first hand, the challenges that both inner-city and leafy-lane communities face. This diversity provides our team with an in-depth understanding of how social issues affect populations differently.
Mission and Vision
Mission: To raise awareness of social issues, vulnerabilities and crimes through effective education, training and consultancy
Vision: Through high quality training and education we can empower people and communities to keep themselves healthy, happy and safe.
Amber Wilson joined the Basis Training Team in 2014, bringing to the organisation a wealth of experience in Training, consultancy, the Third Sector and marketing and customer services in the private sector.
She previously managed the consultancy and bespoke training services for INTRAC, a not for profit NGO training and consultancy centre and prior to joining Basis she was a Program Manager for an international charity working with children and their family who have experienced abuse and violence at home or on the streets . Whether you need a trainer for a session with young people on CSE in your school, bespoke in-house training, research conducting on a wide range of social issues, an evaluation of your organisation’s services or a scoping consultancy for a new area of work just have a general query.
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Contact Amber using our online contact form or by calling 0113 243 0036.
TAP®-trained Taylor Austin Little joined the Basis Training Team in 2012 and has been our lead trainer on Child Sexual Exploitation ever sinc having previously delivered training since 2009 within Basis Young People’s team on Child Sexual Exploitation.
Taylor has been part of our national training programme for the past 3 years. Taylor’s career began with her working in Residential Care Homes in Leeds and she brings much of her knowledge and experience from working as a deputy manager within this field to her current role. Taylor splits her time between her frontline work, working with young people and Child Sexual Exploitation and delivering training all over the UK.
Taylor’s style is relaxed, informative, passionate and hugely inspiring; she consistently receives 100% Excellent scores for her delivery and content.
Rosie Campbell OBE delivers Basis Training on CSE, Sexual Violence and Working with Sex Worker. She was Chief Executive Officer for Basis Yorkshire with overall responsibility for Basis sex work support project, Basis Young People’s child sexual exploitation project and BASIS Training and Education (CIC) from August 2013 to Sep. 2015. She is currently leading the Beyond the Gaze, a research project based at the University of Leeds on “The working practices, regulation and safety of Internet-based sex work in the UK”. In July 2013 Rosie was awarded an OBE for services to vulnerable women.
Rosie has 25 years’ experience of carrying out social research, evaluations, project management , service development, policy development, teaching, training and dissemination carried out whilst working across a number of sectors: universities, the third sector, NHS, and as a freelance consultant.
She has carried out applied research on sex work and sexual exploitation for 18 years throughout the UK and she is considered an expert on the sex industry and support service provision in the UK. Her research has directly fed into the development of support services and policy related to sex work and sexual exploitation at local and national levels. Her research work has involved consultation with all those involved in and affected by sex work and sexual exploitation. Rosie has published widely on the topic of sex work, having been involved in many local studies and large national studies. These include “Living and working in areas of street sex work”, “Dancers Information” and “The Regulatory Dance”.
As a founder member, and in her roles as Chair (2002–2009) and then board member (2009–2012) of UK Network of Sex Work Projects (UKNSWP), she has worked with sex work projects throughout the UK. She has led on a number of pioneering initiatives, establishing in 2006 the first specialist sexual violence advisor service for sex workers in the UK when she was Coordinator of Armistead Street Sex Work Project in Liverpool and working with Merseyside Police to become the first area to adopt the policy of treating crimes against sex workers as hate crime.
Rosie also led on the UKNSWP’s National Ugly Mugs development project, which led to the establishment of the Home Office-funded National Ugly Mugs pilot scheme in 2012 – the first integrated national scheme in the world to encourage sex workers to report crimes against them, enable them to be alerted about dangerous individuals, and aid in investigations of crimes against sex workers, fundamentally aiming to prevent violence.
She was a Third Sector representative on the Department of Health, Response to Sexual Violence National Support Team between August 2009 and March 2011.
Shelley studied Social Science, Race and Equality Studies at University. During this time, she initially worked as a volunteer at a domestic violence project in Merseyside and went on to be a full time worker until the project closed.
She volunteered at a sex work support project in Liverpool between doing sessional outreach and supporting the sex worker drop-in, alongside this she studied for a post-grad in Gendered Criminology, rights and justice. Shelley then was working at a homeless drop-in and support service in Liverpool. In this role she specialised in supporting clients around; sex work, rape and domestic violence.
She joined Armistead Street (street sex work outreach and support service located in the Armistead Centre, Liverpool PCT) in 2005 as an outreach and support worker. In 2006, when Armistead Street secured Home Office funding for a specialist post to support sex workers who had been victims of rape and sexual assault, she became the first Specialist Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) to work exclusively with sex workers, a project that went on to receive critical acclaim both nationally and internationally.
She became a Crisis Worker in 2008 when Merseyside opened SAFE Place, its adult SARC. She is now the Operational Manager of SAFE Place, a position she has held since the summer of 2012, however she continues to do outreach with sex workers once a month as this is something that she is committed to.
She carried out the Home Office funded UKNSWP (UK Network of Sex Work Projects) consultation project around setting up a National ‘Ugly Mugs’ Scheme which she and Rosie Campbell wrote up and published in Summer 2011. She is a director of national Ugly Mugs and a board member of UK NSWP, sits on the National Police Prostitution Working Group (formerly ACPO) and is involved in several local and regional forums relating to domestic and sexual violence, sex work and CSE.
Her specialist areas of interest are; child sexual exploitation, sex work and particularly violence against sex workers, domestic and sexual violence. Shelley is an experienced trainer in these fields and has presented papers at conferences nationally and internationally about these subjects. She is also published in several journals.
She lives in Liverpool with her husband and dog, and has a son at university. When she isn’t working she enjoys travelling, scuba diving and spending time with friends and family.