Connect to Calan – October 2022
Message from our CEO
Welcome to the second, quarterly Connect to Calan newsletter.
Lots of activity has taken place over the last 3 months including: the implementation of new contracts that will enable us to reach more individuals and communities across our delivery areas; the appointment of our Sexual Violence Service Manager who will be integral to the development and roll out of our brand new services for victims of sexual violence; and the ratification of our new 5-year strategy which will focus on 5 key priorities. These priorities, which have been identified through a range of consultations with staff, survivors and stakeholders as well as being aligned to key national and local strategies, will be launched over the coming months.
Over the next quarter we will be working on new and exciting projects which will further strengthen and diversify the services we provide to all victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence; we will also be expanding our Children and Young People services through the recruitment of a Programmes Manager and the implementation of new programmes.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to our Board of Trustees who provide ongoing support, strategic direction, and investment and to our committed staff who are passionate about achieving change and providing accessible and diverse services across our delivery areas.
10th Anniversary Celebrations
As part of our 10th Anniversary Celebrations we are taking this opportunity to share career and success stories of some of our staff members and trustees. You can read these stories on the News Section of our website here
As part of our 10th Anniversary we have launched a fundraising campaign where we are aiming to raise £10,000 over 10 months. Last year, the teams within Calan supported 342 children through our refuge and community services and this year, we want to help even more. The monies raised from this fundraising campaign will enable Calan to provide a wider range of support to the children and young people accessing our services, funds raised will pay for counselling sessions, drawing and talking therapy, activity packs, soft toys and days out.
Calan staff have really embraced this challenge and last month, some of our team (Helen, Rhiannon, Becky, Rebecca, Katrina, Nicole, Katie, Lisa and Kelly) and friends climbed Pen Y Fan to help raise funds for 10 for 10 Campaign. They started the walk at 8am and it took them three hours from start to finish. They said they had an amazing morning and the team spirit was full on – they enjoyed it so much, they’re ready to do it all over again!!
On the weekend of 24th and 25th September, staff including our CEO and supporters took part in the Calan DVS/Race Nation virtual race to help raise funds for our campaign. Seven people took part in this challenge which involved running, walking and cycling over a variety of distances from 5km to 40km, to date they have raised £1,705.00 (including Gift Aid). This is an incredible achievement by all involved
We will keep you posted on other fund raising activities over the coming months and if you would like to donate to this campaign, please visit our 10 For 10 Just Giving page here.
Barratt & David Wilson Homes South Wales – The Barratt Foundation
We would like to give a special mention to the Barratt Foundation who very generously donated £1,500 to our fundraising campaign. This donation combined with our other fundraising efforts will really support us to achieve our goal of providing the much-needed additional services to children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse.
Calan Christmas Card Campaign
In the spirit of the festive season and as part of our fundraising activities, we have also run a Calan Christmas Card competition for the first time this year. Eleven children and young people from our refuges were invited to design Christmas cards for this campaign. Each child involved in this campaign will receive a t-shirt and a mug with their very own designs on them. These impressive cards will be on sale later this month (details to follow).
Our fundraising activities will continue until the end of March 2023 and we will keep you posted on other fundraising activities over the coming months, if you would like to support Calan’s CYP services and donate to this campaign, please visit our 10 For 10 Just Giving page here.
Calan DVS has been appointed to deliver the REPROVIDE Programme in key areas across South Wales including Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend and Swansea. REPROVIDE is a research study looking at the effectiveness of a group behaviour change programme for men. Read more about this programme here.
We are excited to announce that we have successfully been awarded the contract to deliver IRIS across Swansea Bay University Health Board for a further three years, covering 49 GP practices in the area.
Our CEO said, “We are very pleased to see that Swansea Bay University Health Board recognises the importance of such a programme and for investing in IRIS over the next 3 years, making it a sustainable model. During our previous delivery of IRIS, we saw over 150 referrals into the service over an 18-month period, this is comparison to receiving just 9 referrals from GP’s in the two years prior to the role out of IRIS. It is such an impactful programme, and we are very much looking forward to working with Swansea Bay Health Board and all the GP surgeries across area once again.”
Read more about the IRIS programme here.
The Lotus Project
The Lotus Project is a new sexual violence service within Calan DVS which has been co-produced with survivors and stakeholders. The new service has been implemented to support individuals who are accessing Calan Domestic Abuse services and who have also experienced Sexual Violence.
The service will operate from a trauma informed, strengths-based perspective in order to ensure each survivor has consistent yet individualised support throughout their recovery journey.
Each survivor who accesses the service will have the opportunity to receive specialist support through our Sexual Violence Counselling service, tailor made group work program and one to one support. Survivors will have regular strength-based goal setting sessions with their Sexual Violence Support Worker.
Consultations and collaborative working are at the heart of working in a trauma informed way, therefore the Lotus Project will continue to be developed alongside the support staff and survivors who access the service.
Meet Moira Hutton
Heading up the Lotus Project is Moira Hutton who has been appointed to the role of Sexual Violence Service Manager. Says Moira, “I’m really excited to be working at Calan and to have the chance to work with experts, survivors and staff to develop a trauma informed sexual violence service from the beginning. It’s a unique opportunity to create an essential service in an organisation that sees the diverse needs of all survivors of abuse. I have learnt that domestic and sexual violence doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone from all walks of life, so I believe that diversity in service provision is crucial for the future of domestic abuse services.”
Read more about Moira’s career to date and the exciting opportunities presented by this new role here,
Campaigns & Sector Updates
Cost of Living Crisis
Research by Women’s Aid shows that many women who face domestic abuse already experience economic control by their abuser. This financial disadvantage means these women face further barriers when trying to leave, recover and rebuild their lives after abuse. The soaring cost of living compounds this crisis, making it even harder for women to escape abuse.
Encouragingly, the Women’s Aid research team set out to ensure that survivors’ voices are heard in responses to the cost of living crisis and issued a survey in June 2022 to find out what women are experiencing, and what they want to see happen.
Read the full article including the research results here.
Black History Month
October is Black History Month and this year’s theme is ‘Time for Change’ – this message applies to those who have experienced domestic abuse as well as other forms of discrimination or verbal abuse. Data recently released by Refuge shows that black women experiencing domestic abuse are less likely to be referred for specialist support by police. Between March 2020 and June 2021, Black women were 14% less likely to be referred to Refuge for support by police than white survivors of domestic abuse. Read more on this important topic here.
Read more about this important campaign here.
Census 2021 Report
Data and analysis from Census 2021 reports that in the year ending March 2022, the National Domestic Abuse Helpline delivered 50,791 support sessions through phone call or live chat; which is similar to the previous year which was affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During the same period, the total number of calls received by Welsh Women’s Aid’s Live Fear Free Helpline increased by 18.1% to 35,491. Get more statistics from this Census report here.
Live Fear Free
If you’re at risk of abuse, or concerned about someone, you can reach Live Fear Free as follows:
Text 0786 007 7333
Live chat gov.wales/livefearfree