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Glow becomes recognised provider to train domestic abuse support volunteers
We’re celebrating this month after being recognised as an approved AIM training centre!
Last year we relaunched our volunteer training programme, which supports people – including those with lived experience – to become domestic abuse support volunteers.
According to the Office for National Statistics, nearly 2 million people in the UK experience some form of domestic abuse each year. That’s around 1.3 million women and 600,000 men.
Stats like these show the true extent of domestic abuse in the UK and highlight the importance of good quality support. We’re so proud to be able to deliver this alongside our volunteers.
Volunteers help us in lots of different ways including admin support, fundraising, outreach work and co-delivering recovery programmes alongside specialist staff at our Recovery Hub.
Before working with staff and customers, all volunteers take part in our volunteer training programme. This consists of eight training sessions that equip them with the knowledge of domestic abuse and the skills needed to support people who have experienced it.
New volunteers learn about the key legislation surrounding domestic abuse, the impact it has on victim-survivors and their children, the skills needed to support victim-survivors, the importance of risk assessments, safety planning and more.
After a successful application, we are so pleased to announce that we have now been approved as a recognised training provider. Our bespoke volunteer training course is now accredited by national awarding organisation AIM Qualifications and Assessments group.
Volunteers already receive a certificate from us upon completion of their training course – now they will also receive a recognised Level 2 accreditation from AIM that can enhance their CV, support future employment opportunities and boost their confidence.
Senior Domestic Abuse Practitioner Sarah Heath leads our volunteer training programme.
“We’re really excited to have been approved as an AIM centre,” said Sarah.
“At Glow we’re so proud of our volunteer training. It equips new volunteers with all the skills they need to support us in lots of different ways, whether that’s co-facilitating our group programmes or delivering support to our customers.”
Since September we have trained six volunteers who are now volunteering for our Recovery Hub and one of our Staffordshire refuges. We’re currently training another six volunteers in our current cohort, who are due to finish their training at the end of March.
Sarah continued: “Our volunteers learn so many different skills, but now that we’re a recognised AIM provider we can offer so much more to them. It’s another way that we can thank them and recognise their hard work.
“All volunteers already receive a certificate from us upon completing their training, but now they will also receive a record of achievement from a national awarding organisation too, that they can put on their CV.
“We hope that this is something that will really help them as they develop in their careers.”
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