Success for volunteers in domestic abuse services

5 June 2017 Posted by

The Community Safety Partnership would like to share the successes of volunteers in domestic abuse services across Cornwall. In the last year domestic abuse services commissioned by the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence team have seen a number of ex-service users become volunteers and mentors, all bringing separate skills and ambitions to these services.  We have also seen volunteers becoming staff members themselves.

The volunteers have been providing support to staff in both female and male refuges by running groups, working directly with women and children and providing childcare. There are 40 volunteer counsellors providing a 1:1 service to over 400 clients across Cornwall.  Volunteers have also been supporting the domestic abuse helplines to support and signpost domestic abuse victims. Mentors have been giving free and confidential emotional support and practical help to women affected by domestic abuse/violence in Community Outreach programmes and co-facilitating Support Groups.

All volunteers receive a comprehensive package of training and support in all domestic abuse services to ensure that volunteers feel confident and skilled when working within this area.

We always welcome new volunteers, if you are interested in helping deliver an array of services and enhancing the service provided to our clients please see the Safer Cornwall website and links to the relevant service you are interested in volunteering for: http://safercornwall.co.uk/what-we-do/dasv-hub/

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Simon, Research & Information Officer, Amethyst, Community Safety Team

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