Domestic abuse ‘community ambassador’ Ask Me training

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 Community Ambassadors across Sunderland to raise awareness of domestic abuse and create safe environments so that survivors feel able to speak out. The ambassadors 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.

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.

There are two reasons for signing up to take part in the training:

  • You might be an individual who has great reach into your local community; or
  • You might be part of a business, signing up on behalf of your site

When is the training available and how you can book a space

To become a community ambassador you must attend both consecutive dates and all training dates run from 9:30am-4:30pm:

  • Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2019
  • Wednesday 10th April and Wednesday 17th April 2019

Complete an expression of interest form to book a place on a forthcoming course and join the Community Ambassador Team via this link.

For more information contact Jud Hindess, Wearside Women in Need‘s Health Advocate and Training Officer on: Jud.hindess@wwin.org.uk