Yesterday saw our third Super Network (or Network of Networks) at Newbury Council Offices. An amazingly informative overview of the Anchor Project which is a collaborative pilot funded by the Thames Valley Police & Crime Commissioners Office. TAP (as it is affactionately known by facilitators and contributors) addresses complex needs within DA cases and looks specifically at mental health. It is facilitated by MH and DA workers together.
The Super Network Meeting heard from an amazing group of very brave graduates from the project. They were incredible ladies and we'd like to thank them for addressing all the DA Champions (and friends) in the room. They all spoke honestly of their journey and praised the support of the facilitators from TAP. Their most important message was that practitioners need to lower their shields and, whilst retaining their professionalism, earn the trust of victims by being more human. This seemed to be the essence of TAP, that facilitators cared enough to walk with their clients and understand the hurdles they faced before helping them cross those hurdles.
Reducing the Risk would also like to thank the speakers yesterday: Maz, Amanda & Kerry from ODAS, Sarah from Sapiens and Kirren from Reducing the Risk, not simply for telling us what and how they run the project but also the way in which they nurture and empathise with their clients. It was a heartwarming experience to hear of the great impact such a project has had on difficult lives and of the changes it has brought people.