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Oct 2, 2019

Staying Put and partners launch Bradford Survive & Thrive - for all domestic and sexual abuse survivors  

The Yorkshire-based charity Staying Put, incorporating Domestic Violence Services, is joining forces with charities Family Action and WomenCentre to create a one-stop-shop for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

 

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The new consortium, Bradford Survive & Thrive, launched on October 1 2019 and will transform services in Bradford and the surrounding area.

Together the organisations will provide early intervention and prevention, specialist work with children and young people, recovery and confidence building and packages of practical and emotional support, and access to high quality crisis support, accommodation and housing.

Families struggling with abuse will receive help for parents, carers, children and young people.

There will be “One Front Door” – one helpline, open from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, when a dedicated and specialist team will be taking calls from those in need on 0808 2800999.

Yasmin Khan, CEO of Staying Put, said: “We’re thrilled to launch this consortium, which will transform services for people experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence.

“We will now be able to provide a single point of contact for all victims, survivors and perpetrators of domestic and sexual abuse.

“Together, we will ensure we can meet families’ needs in a holistic way, ensuring every survivor of domestic and sexual abuse, and their family, receives the right response at the right time, to make them safe and help them move forward with their lives.”

Bradford Survive & Thrive will run in addition to national and local services, including the National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline. The national helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.

In West Yorkshire, between November 2016 and October 2017 there were 56,421 domestic related incidents reported – an average of 154 a day.

David Holmes CBE, Chief Executive, Family Action, said: “We are delighted to become partners with Staying Put and WomenCentre to form One Front Door. Collectively we bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and we look forward to working together with our new colleagues to support families affected by domestic and sexual violence.”

Angela Everson, CEO of WomenCentre, said: “We have worked closely with Staying Put and Domestic Violence Services over many years and now also welcome the opportunity to work alongside Family Action too. This new consortium will allow us to continue to offer work with perpetrators of domestic abuse in Bradford and to build on the work that has been developing. We also welcome the opportunity to offer counselling services as part of this contract on behalf of the consortium.”

Bradford Survive & Thrive is being funded by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and NHS Bradford district and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

Ali Jan Haider, Head of Strategic Partnerships at NHS Bradford district and Craven CCGs said: “We have been working closely with the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to commission Bradford Survive & Thrive and are pleased to welcome the new service. It has been built on strong partnerships between key agencies who will work closely together to help and support survivors of domestic and sexual violence.”

Cllr Abdul Jabar, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety at Bradford Council, said: “We are delighted to be part of and to be funding the Bradford Survive and Thrive consortium. The new approach with a single point of contact ‘one front door’ builds on the previous commissioning programmes; streamlining access and the integration of services for sexual violence with those for domestic abuse.

“The contracts proposed will be transformational to promote stability across the system and will foster a more cohesive and comprehensive approach for the coming years.”

For more information on the services provided by Staying Put, go to www.stayingput.uk.net

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Staying Put is a domestic violence/abuse charity based in Bradford, which has been running for 18 years and works across West and South Yorkshire with services in Barnsley and Sheffield. Together with its sister organisation, DVS, based in Keighley, the charity supports women, men and children who are victims/survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Staying Put has also recently launched a new service, Affordable Legal Services @ Staying Put, offering legal advice to all victims and survivors of domestic abuse who are not eligible for legal aid. The scheme has been funded by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

WomenCentre has been running for 30+ years working across Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford. They have been delivering domestic abuse services in Calderdale for 20 + years and their work with perpetrators has been ongoing for 10+ years. As an organisation they also have a long track record of delivering counselling services for victims /survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Family Action is a national charity marking its 150th anniversary in 2019. Around 45,000 families and hundreds of thousands of children are supported by Family Action every year. This year it has launched a new support service, FamilyLine, and its wide-ranging work includes help for parents-to-be, the provision of Children’s Centres, intensive family support, emotional health and wellbeing services, counselling, mediation and therapies, support in schools - including the provision of breakfast clubs and holiday hunger support, and financial grants programmes. Family Action is also recognised as a leading provider of training and consultancy. Registered Charity Number: 264 713

Family Action currently delivers a range of services across the Bradford District, including Trauma Informed Therapeutic Services for children and families who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual abuse and bereavement, Perinatal Peer support, and Welfare Advice. The charity also runs FamilyLine – a helpline that provides assistance for families via telephone, text and email.

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