Workshops & Training
We deliver a programme of preventative educational and advice work with young people. This aspect of our work is not gender or race specific. The purpose of this project is to raise awareness about violence against women and girls.
The project aims to educate young people to understand and identify the key elements of healthy and unhealthy relationships, challenging myths and tolerance towards violence and identifying the early warning signs of abuse in relationships. It aims to help prevent abuse and engage in early intervention where cases are identified and act as an advocate for young people when necessary. Through this work we aim to both challenge attitudes towards violence against women and girls and empower young people so they are able to seek support and advice if they are at risk.
We also provide educational workshops for local community groups in order to raise awareness and improve access to service provision. Raising awareness with the community is key to challenging and changing attitudes about violence against women and girls and is aimed at empowering women and girls to seek support if they are affected by these issues.
This service is open to all women and girls who are or have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and harmful practices.
We offer a range of support groups, which include:
– Therapeutic confidence building group specifically for BAMER women (6 weeks)
– Specialist on-going group
– Generic Confidence building group (6 weeks)
We provide training for professionals in the statutory and voluntary sector aimed at raising awareness about gender based violence and more specifically forced marriage and honour based violence. We deliver forced marriage training for the local safeguarding children’s board.
In recent evaluations carried out 91% of the participants stated that the workshops had improved their understanding of domestic violence.
Service user account:
“The teacher gave us a chance to give our opinion. She listened to what I had to say. That was good. Not a lot of people do that. My friend is having these problems at home and now I know that she can get help. It’s all cool.”
Feedback from a school
“Schools don’t really engage with [the VAWG sector] until it affects somebody within their midst. I would suggest that so many young women are victims, but they don’t say anything, because in many cases they don’t know that it’s wrong…and staff are often unaware of what students may experience beyond the school gate” (Head of sixth form).