News from RtR

Rachel, our Chief Champ in Slough, has sent through training dates for a one day training in November 2019 for practitioners interested in learning more about Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage and the challenge practitioners face around the complexity of this subject. This training covers Slough, RBWM and Bracknell and is based at Maidenhead Town Hall. The sign up process is through ‘Achieving for Children’ training website and registration is required. Based on the success of this training they will be providing a community version of this training as a workshop in February 2020 and would be keen to work with any community based groups in the delivery of this.

It's official at last — we are a wonderful organisation!

Well, we are at least now registered on the Wonderful website. Wonderful allow us to take online donations and retain all that you donate. As well, it allows people to create fundraising pages if they plan to shave their head or climb Everest and raise funds for us, also without fees.

Just click through to the Wonderful site to learn more about donating to us. Using this pathway means we get all that is donated without paying fees or commission.

Donations help us continue to provide services and support to our networks as well as supporting us in new initiatives, such as modules for specific areas or a Champion Refresher module (which is in the pipeline). Donations also help us ensure that Champions of Domestic Abuse do not need to pay,  because they take on such an essential role in their agency. 

Boosting our funds helps us do more for less.

Bicester Baby Bank

We wanted to share this message of a new, innovative but essential new service for parents in North Oxfordshire. Bicester Baby Bank is a new voluntary association, grown from the love and dedication of families wanting to help other local families in Bicester and the surrounding areas. The baby bank relies on donations of good, clean clothing and equipment for babies and children up to the age of five. Volunteers use the donations to create bundles for families referred by Health Visitors, community support workers, social services, schools and other agencies. 

Safer Communities Torbay

The Chief Champ in our Torbay network, Jason, wants to direct the attention of Torbay Champions to some new resources. Torbay has an amazing local website with some informative resources and these are no exception. 

TALK Toolkits has been designed to encourage discussion and raise awareness of various themes associated with domestic abuse. Some of them are intended to be a practical resource and others can be used in a school or group setting. They can also be used to promote healthy discussion at home with your children when an abusive relationship has ended. All the toolkits are free to download.

We want to introduce you to a specialist national service for the UK. Opoka (Polish for rock) helps and supports Polish women and their children who suffering the consequences of domestic abuse and who may not know who to turn to, or how and where to seek help. They recognise that in the Polish community there is a huge problem with domestic abuse and a well-ingrained culture of victim-blaming and a “No Talk Rule!”, where Polish women can be left feeling extremely isolated and powerless.

Buckinghamshire County Council

If you are already registered as a prospective DA Champion in Bucks, we still have some spaces left on the following events for those who need training as a Champion:

  • June 20-21, 2019 — Aylesbury Town Centre — Accepting bookings
  • September 10-11, 2019 — Gatehouse Close, Aylesbury — Accepting bookings
  • November 19-20, 2019 — Green Pk, Aston Clinton — Accepting bookings

Please just email us to book a place on one of the above. 

If you're not yet registered, you can simply select one of the above by completing the Domestic Abuse Champion application form to register.

Are you a part of the Domestic Abuse Champion network in Oxfordshire? Have you been waiting patiently to become trained as a DA Champ? The wait is over!

The original two day training has now been broken down into modules for Oxfordshire. We will still retain the administration of our network but the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board is administering these new modules. You will need to sign up for the relevant modules (which are still free) by visiting the OSAB training website. Once the DA Champion training module is completed, we will add the requisite access to your account on our website.

Aylesbury Vineyard Storehouse

Aylesbury Vineyard Church's Storehouse project is changing the way in which it supplies furniture to its clients. Any client who requires furniture (this does not include Grow Baby items or any other services) will now need a completed referral form, which can be obtained by emailing the Storehouse office, and only fully completed application forms sent back via email will be processed. Please note that a completed application form will not automatically qualify your client for Storehouse furniture; upon receipt Storehouse will endeavour to confirm your client's eligibility within 5 working days. If approved they will need to attend Storehouse in the usual way during normal opening hours.

Galop UK

A reminder to our Champions and supporters that Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity, has a domestic abuse helpline (0800 999 5428) open from 10.00 -17.00 on weekdays (with late opening until 20.00 on Wednesdays and Thursdays) and also offers support by email or website. Nikki Nathan (nikki@galop.org.uk, pronouns; they/them/their) is the new Galop National LGBT+ DVA caseworker and is doing a lot to publicise Galop's services. 

Flag DV

Flag DV is a legal advice group offering free 30 minute appointments (telephone consultation or face to face) for victims of domestic abuse across Thames Valley. The types of referrals they would expect to receive is where knowledge and advice is required about divorce or separation, child custody or residency, applications for legal aid, applications for non-molestation orders, occupational orders or forced marriage protection orders, financial matters, understanding of general court proceedings. See full article for details of how to refer clients or contact Louisa Fidler, who is one of our DA Champions.

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