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Women's Aid Change That Lasts: Ask Me training dates released!


Sunderland is one of three national pilot sites for the Women’s Aid ‘A Change That Lasts’ pilot the aim of the pilot is to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and part of the pilot is to train members of the community to be Community Ambassadors to be part of the ‘Ask Me’ project.  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.

The  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.

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.

Follow the links below for information which highlights the training dates that are available in Sunderland should you be interested in being part of the programme.  We are all encouraged to share this information to widely promote the scheme and the training dates with their community contacts, clients etc.   The training is open to anyone who works, lives, volunteers or has family in Sunderland and wants to become a Community Ambassador.

10th and 11th July 2019
15th and 16th August 2019
5th and 12th September 2019
19th and 20th October 2019

The quickest way for someone to register their interest is through the online form - Sunderland Ask Me Training Dates



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