Calan Introduces IRIS Advocate Educators
Further to our announcement regarding Calan DVS being awarded the contract to deliver the IRIS programme via funding from Swansea Bay University Health Board, we would like to introduce you to our recently appointed Advocate Educators who will lead on the programme training alongside the designated Clinical Leads across Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea.
Katie Davies- Advocate Educator- Swansea
I have worked for Calan DVS since 2017, from front line to service management (and a bit of everything in between!). This has given me a lot of experience in the sector and a full understanding of the complexities of the victim and survivors’ experience. I have specialised in older people and the LGBTQ+ community and have extensive knowledge of domestic abuse support models and services throughout Wales.
The link between domestic abuse and health is one that I feel passionate about- I am very excited to be a part of the IRIS team with Calan DVS and looking forward to a new challenge in a big city.
Julia Ward – Advocate Educator – Neath
I am Julia Ward the IRIS Senior Advocate Educator working for Calan DVS. I have worked in domestic abuse since 2009, when I started with Neath Women’s Aid as a volunteer. I have supported women survivors in refuge and community settings until I took on the role as IRIS Advocate Educator in May 2020.
Domestic abuse can be experienced by anyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or social status and as it is very rare to receive referrals from GP surgeries, I was interested in training clinicians in how to recognise patients who are affected by domestic abuse. I have therefore been presented with a wonderful opportunity to help ensure that clinicians have the necessary tools to recognise domestic abuse and they are able to offer these patients the help that they need from the IRIS Advocate Educator based at Calan DVS. When the clinician makes a referral to the team at IRIS we can help support and safeguard patients who are victims and survivors of domestic abuse and provide them with the support that they may never have been offered before.
Demi Ward – Advocate Educator – Port Talbot
I joined Calan DVS in 2019 as a community support worker and quickly progressed to accommodations team leader.
My roles within Calan have given me a wealth of knowledge and experience supporting individuals affected by domestic abuse and an ability to provide practical support and effective crisis intervention. I am passionate about the IRIS motivation of bridging the gap between primary care and domestic abuse and am excited to be part of the movement towards a safer domestic abuse free community.
The IRIS Programme
To find out more about the IRIS programme and it’s aims click here.