'ask me' Change That Lasts Community Ambassador - Domestic Abuse Training
“We know that communities are often the first to know about abuse, and that they can act as gate openers or gate closers in terms of help seeking.”
(Finding the Costs of Freedom report, 2014)
The ‘community’ is often the first to know about domestic abuse. But lack of understanding and confidence can make people afraid to bring it up, and unsure of how to respond when someone tells them about it.
We are changing that. Our Change That Lasts Ask Me projects are creating teams of Community Ambassadors to raise awareness of domestic abuse and create safe environments so that survivors feel able to speak out. They play a key role in signposting to services that specialise in domestic abuse – the refuges, helplines and outreach services. A Community Ambassador can be anyone who engages with people in their local area – it doesn’t have to be through work.
We are working with local partners including domestic abuse services and councils to provide Community Ambassadors with the knowledge and skills to foster safe communities and have conversations that count. They will help survivors to talk about abuse without fear and shame, and challenge a culture that silences women.
The Change That Lasts Ask Me scheme offers a free two-day training course to inspire community members to become a Community Ambassador. The ambassadors will share what they have learnt with their friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and challenge myths, stereotypes and victim-blaming attitudes in their community. They will learn how to respond to a disclosure and about the expert services they can signpost people to for help.
Anyone can sign up to be a Community Ambassador; whatever your background, gender or level of knowledge of domestic abuse, we need your support.
This is an introductory training worth 12 CPD points with different days and dates available.
After the training, the time commitment is as much or as little as you can. Learning about domestic abuse is a life skill and after the training you may become more aware of abuse in your community. All we ask is for ambassadors to fill in a brief form each month to let us know what you’ve been up to.
If you are interested in upcoming training and have a local connection to Waltham Forest drop us and email and we will get in touch with new dates!