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Beauticians given help to support domestic abuse survivors

A training event, delivered by community group Involve North West, hopes to raise awareness of the support that members of the community can provide to survivors of abuse.

Funded by Wirral Council the informal training, which is the second event of its kind this year, delivered to Wirral’s hairdressers, beauticians and other small businesses aims to empower individuals to spot the signs of domestic abuse.

After the success of the first training event which took place in July this year, Involve North West are planning to deliver more training events in different areas in Wirral.

Speaking of the training, Jill Barr, Domestic Abuse Consultant at Involve North West, who will be running the session said: “After the first session this Summer, we were encouraged by the passion and sensitivity of the individuals who signed up.

“We decided to run further sessions to engage with more members of the community who often work alone or in close quarters with their clients and colleagues, developing close friendships and real bonds with them.

“Often, these are the people who may notice signs that somebody is acting differently, being abused, or they may even hear of instances of abuse.

The session is about offering people the knowledge of how they can help and what support is available in Wirral, so that people do not feel scared or overwhelmed with the worry of supporting someone who may be in an abusive relationship.”

Taking place at Noubalm 46 in Oxton the event is aimed at small businesses across the borough and is an extension of Wirral’s Business Quality Mark for Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse project, launched in 2018.

The session will be a mix of informal training, advice and guidance about how to support staff, customers and community members who may be experiencing domestic abuse. It will show people how best to ‘signpost’ people to the specialist and localised support available across Wirral – safely.

Jill Barr continues: “This is about supporting small business owners in Wirral who may be worried about their employees experiencing domestic abuse. After all, domestic abuse is still one of the biggest causes for staff sickness, stress and loss of productivity in the workplace.”

Cllr Tom Usher, Cabinet Member for Children Families and Education and chair of the Wirral Domestic Abuse Alliance said: “The training is a great opportunity for raising awareness of the support that is available for people who are experiencing domestic abuse or worrying about someone who might be.

“The fact that it is being embraced by the community and the individuals who are signing up is testament to the support that’s out there in our Borough – and the people who are willing to reach out and help others.

“There are many council services and local charities who can provide assistance to survivors in Wirral. We want more people to know about them. This training session is another example of how Wirral’s domestic abuse services are engaging with the community to say no to domestic abuse and show survivors that we are there for them.”

The event will take place on Monday 23rd September 2019 from 6pm – 8pm at Noubalm 46. The event is free and tea/coffee will be provided. The event is open to men and women.

Another training event will also take place at the same venue, 7th October from 4-6pm.

Full venue address: Noubalm 46 Christchurch Road Oxton CH43 5SF.

Interested in attending? Please send all enquiries to Jill Barr at Involve Northwest via email jillbarr@involvenorthwest.org.uk or phone on 07495797477.

Looking for support?

  • If you've been the victim of domestic abuse, or are concerned for someone who is, you can visit www.itsneverokwirral.org for information about the local resources and services available.
  • In an emergency, if you’re concerned for your own or someone else’s immediate wellbeing, always dial 999. In non-emergency cases and for general advice, please call 101.