News from RtR

We have been very busy at Reducing the Risk this month with our training of new trainers to deliver our programme in both Oxfordshire and Slough.

The Oxon trainers will shortly be delivering courses across Oxfordshire and we are very excited as plans are developed as to how this will be administered and managed.

The Home Office has published updates to its Strategy to end violence against women and girls (VAWG) for England and Wales.

These updates include:

This was spotted by one of our DA Champions in Bucks- many thanks Natalie for letting us know:

Well we have been very busy over the past few months and so have our new pools of DA Champion Trainers. We thought we should update you all:

Jason and his team in Torbay are just starting to deliver the training around Torquay and Paigton. New dates are now listed on our Upcoming Training webpage.

Our old friends Pat & Jo are once again delivering their Springboard Programme for DA survivors in the North Oxfordshire area. The Springboard Women’s Development programme is designed for women from all backgrounds, ages and stages of their lives. It allows women to enhance their own skills and abilities, challenge power and equality while building confidence, assertiveness and a positive image. It is delivered in one day workshops and has five key ingredients: a best-selling up to date workbook, four action packed workshops over three months, real and inspiring role models as speakers, encouragement of effective networks, a proven support system of women to sustain progress. Springboard has a proven track record of helping women move forward. From the previous courses 100% of participants either strongly or very strongly agreed that they were more confident, more optimistic and positive, better at managing change, and had more control over their future. The network formed by the women participants was especially powerful, with understanding and support for all.

This came in from our Chief Champ in West Berks, Chloe: The next Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Money Course in West Berkshire is running from Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 19.30, for three weeks at Broadway House, Newbury. The CAP Money Course supports with budgeting skills, is open to all and is free of charge. CAP can also support with 1-1 sessions if appropriate to the client’s needs.

DV Assist is a charity specialising in arranging protective civil orders such as Non Molestation, Prohibited Steps and Occupation orders. They will assess a victim’s situation together with their eligibility for public funding, if needed. The service is free and confidential. Run by an experienced team of case workers, they deal with each victim with compassion and empathy. Referrals can be made online or be email, mobile app or telephone.

Victims First have launched a campaign to raise awareness of coercive control.  The campaign 'Know this isn’t Love' aims to raise awareness of the signs of coercive, controlling and abusive behaviours in relationships so that people who are experiencing it, identify with it and potentially seek help. Electronic versions of posters, postcards, flyers etc can be downloaded from their campaign page.

West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Service are planning to run a Recovery Toolkit Course to start on March 28, 2019 from 10.00 - 12.00 for 12 weeks (with a break for 2 weeks over the Easter Holidays). The Recovery Toolkit has been written to support women who have experienced Domestic Abuse/Violence, and are no longer in an abusive relationship, to assist each of them to look at ways to develop positive lifestyle coping strategies. Referrals to be made using the attached form.

The Cowshed

The Cowshed is a new charity based in Berkshire which provides support to people of all backgrounds in a time of personal crisis, so could be extremely useful for those fleeing domestic abuse.  Their aim is to provide good quality cleaned and ironed clothes free to anyone in need (referred through social services, churches, schools, doctors and other health professionals).  The clothes are donated from the general public as well as retailers and manufacturers; they are then sorted, washed and ironed at the Cowshed's warehouse ready to be delivered or collected by social services, other health professionals or directly by their clients. The idea is that their clients feel they are receiving a gift to assist them in a time of crisis rather than some old clothes that are overworn, marked or damaged.