The Evolution Group has chosen local domestic abuse charity Safer as its chosen charity for the year and is looking to help fundraise and boost its ability to reach workplace audiences.
The Group is offering support by helping the charity reach an extended network of workplace-based audiences by facilitating training sessions with clients.
One such client that has recently benefitted from the training is the States of Guernsey Revenue Service. Davina De La Haye, Team Leader at the Service, explained: “The Safer training was an eye opener. We always tend to think that things like this don’t happen on our doorstep”.
“Attending the course helped with the enhancement of managers’ soft skills enabling them to recognise some of the signs if a staff member is struggling or acting out of what would be ‘normal character’. They can then give them confidential support and guide them to what options they have and where to reach out for help.”
“It’s so important to have the senior team backing on this in such a busy environment as it enables the team leads and managers to take the time out where necessary to support our biggest assets which is our colleagues around us, even if it’s only for 10 minutes, as it can make the difference on so many levels.”
Pictured: Safer can help businesses to spot the signs of domestic abuse in their staff.
Safer’s Head of Services, Naomi Wood, said the support was appreciated.
“Having ambassadors like them to help promote the value of our training for organisations does make a big difference to how many people we have the ability to reach and educate. Increasing the number of people that know how to identify the signs of domestic abuse means that more victims will receive the support they so desperately need,” she said.
The Evolution Group’s CEO Matt Warren claimed that their consultancy business grants them access to wide number of workplaces across the Bailiwick.
“We’re using our network to help Safer reach an extended audience and enable them to deliver some incredibly important training around the skills needed to identify and provide support for domestic abuse victims,” he said.
Employers are well placed to be able to spot the signs of domestic abuse in colleagues: anxiety, seeming distracted, regularly being late, spending an increased amount of time on the phone to a partner. Yet these signs often get misinterpreted as just simply poor work ethos and the victims can face disciplinary action as a result, just when they are most in need of support.
The Group also organised bake sales at the offices where the training is taking place to raise money - the most recentsale raised over £150.
Anyone interested in organising training from Safer at a workplace can contact Jo Wyatt at Jo.email@example.com.
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