The ‘Helping Hands Project’ is run jointly by Jigsaw4u and Sutton Women’s Aid through funding from the Big Lottery.
The aim of the Helping Hands Project is to offer volunteer support for individuals and families who are/have experienced domestic violence and abuse to help reduce feelings of isolation and to encourage links with other organisations, agencies and leisure facilities in the local community.
Practical support may include; helping to settle into a new area, establishing local community links, accessing local services, attending court or other appointments such as housing, solicitors and health.
Emotional support may consist of meeting up with a service user on a weekly basis for a cup of coffee, or providing a listening ear over the phone at an agreed time.
Volunteer support aims to access information, advice and options in a non-judgemental way whilst emotional support is offered in a positive and caring manner.
This project is available to individuals and families living within the London Borough of Sutton.
Referrals can be made by a professional or agency on behalf of a service user or service users are welcome to contact me directly and self-refer.
We are currently recruiting volunteers for this project so please contact Helen McGowan at our office if you would like further details.
To enable volunteers to offer support a comprehensive training programme is offered before volunteers can commence in their role. This takes place for a period of 9 weeks on one set morning per week (10am-1pm).
Ongoing individual and group supervision ensures that volunteers are fully supported and that they continue to learn and meet with other volunteers.
Social events for volunteer get-togethers are also organized by the Volunteer Co-ordinators as a way of saying thank you for all the support volunteers give.
Self referrals can be made directly by individuals or professionals can also refer on behalf of an individual/ family.
National DV Helpline
0808 2000 247
Support for male victims
Find local family solicitors in Sutton www.solicitors.com
(Or straight to the Sutton page http://www.solicitors.com/sutton-solicitors.html)