Education and training
As an organisation that uses a whole society approach, it is vital that all areas of society learn about Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV), its effects, and how to safely challenge the structures that support it. We provide various types and levels of training and education, that span across group work for survivors to e-learning for organisations. We are also providers as part of the National Training Framework.
A crucial part of healing from abuse is learning about the dynamics and effects of abuse, and fully understanding that you are not alone or to blame. We offer two forms of group work: rolling, drop-in groups and structured, closed groups. We are in the process of developing a wider range of groups to cater for women with specific needs and those in minoritised groups. We encourage and support survivor led and peer educational groups where women and girls can teach and learn from each other. Alongside this, we will offer coaching support, ‘train the trainer’ courses to enable groups to design and deliver their own learning, and take this with them to the wider community.
We are developing a Training Centre which will provide a space for women and girls, survivors and experts, to develop knowledge and skills. This will become a centre for excellence which provides diverse educational programmes for all communities, encouraging peer-led learning, coaching interventions, mentoring programmes, and links to educational bodies. We will develop an accredited training program that will ensure leading trauma-informed, needs-led, strengths-based interventions, services, and education. We are developing further training for partners, businesses, schools and other external organisations.
Our e-learning platform will be developed to provide flexible and interactive learning experience for the wider community, as well as in-house staff. It provides us the unique opportunity to educate others about violence against women and domestic abuse, whilst also providing learning resources for suvivors on a catalogue of subjects to help service users thrive.
We are in the process of developing our own podcast, ‘When We Rise’. This platform will be used to discuss issues around women’s rights, violence against women and girls, and to raise survivors voices. A variety of guest speakers from scholars to survivors will challenge the myths and structures which uphold the oppression of women, and provide information and educational insight.