Training

The second tier support project aims to address the long term sustainability needs of organisations providing services to those affected by sexual and domestic violence; one of our objectives is to provide training sessions to improve the quality of those services and to support them to sustain that level.

Support services are provided by Against Violence and Abuse (AVA), Imkaan, Rights of Women, Respect, Women and Girls Network (WGN).


“The training was brilliant, especially the combination between theory and practical tools. It was just useful because we could tailor it to our own organisations


All the training sessions provided by Ascent are subject to eligibility of your organisation and availability; for more information please follow the link provided for each training session or contact the delivery partner directly.


Working with young BME women

Expert-led Training delivered by Imkaan

10:30am – 12:30pm 10 October 2018, Imkaan, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT

Cost: Free to BME women in the London ending VAWG sector

Event registration end: 1 October 2018

Spaces: Maximum of 12 available

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This expert-led training is provided by Ascent, a project undertaken by the London VAWG Consortium.  The session is aimed at BME women in the London ending VAWG sector and is designed and delivered by Purple Drum, the team at Imkaan committed to archiving and amplifying young BME women’s voices.  The session will outline the importance of working with young BME women within an intersectional approach to violence against women and girls.  During the session, participants will identify some of the specific issues affecting young BME women and explore the ways in which services can meaningfully address and support young women, from service design and delivery through to evaluation.  By the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of violence against young BME women, the context of young BME women’s lives and how to improve and develop appropriate responses towards them.


 Partnership – All You Need to Know

Sustainability training delivered by Women’s Resource Centre

18 October, London N7 9DP

Who is it for?
Organisations that are already in a partnership or have a partnership in mind.

What’s it about?
This course will provide guidance on how and why organisations may want to work in partnership and on how to identify potential partnerships as well as learning about what makes successful partnerships. It will also consider the different structures a partnership might take and experience of drawing up a partnership agreement. The course has a very practical focus and will enable participants to explore in some detail some of the challenges that may arise, particularly in relation to smaller organisations partnering with larger ones. This course also offers a range of tools for successful partnerships including risk assessment, defining clear roles and responsibilities, legal requirements and exit strategy.

What will I take away?
– Practical tips for creating meaningful partnerships
– Understanding how partnerships work
– Understanding the different structures a partnership can take
– Understanding the causes of interpersonal conflicts and how to solve them
– Templates and tools for partnership agreements; agreeing partnership strategy; identifying why and with whom you might want to partner; key issues to consider when deciding to partner; solving challenges that may arise in partnership work

For more information and to register, please click here.


Train the Trainer

Sustainability training delivered by Women’s Resource Centre

25 October, London N7 9DP

This course aims to increase participants’ skill and confidence when delivering training sessions in their organisations.

Objectives

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • State the essential steps needed to plan and deliver an effective training session
  • List the key learning styles and a variety of ways to cater for them during training
  • State different presentation methods which can be utilised for a training session
  • Recognise a variety of difficult situations which can arise in training sessions and state a number of different ways to deal with those situations

The program for the day will be as follows:

9:15am – arrivals

9:30am – Welcome, ground rules and personal aims

Training: The benefits and challenges
Learning styles: Working with different learning styles

Break

Learning Styles (continued)
Presentation styles and skills

12:45pm – lunch

Effective training: Achieving your aims
Effective training: Planning, organising, preparation

Break

Dealing with challenges
Tips
Action planning and evaluation

4:30pm – End of day.

To find out more and to register, please click here.


Safe Minimum Practice Standards for BME organisations

Expert-led Training delivered by Imkaan

7 November 2018, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Cost: Free to BME Women in by and for BME ending VAWG sector in London

Event registration end: 29 October 2018

Spaces: Maximum of 12 available

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This expert-led training is provided by Imkaan through the Ascent project and is part of the London VAWG Consortium.

Learn how small community-based organisations who have an element of violence against BME women and girls within their work can benefit from undertaking Imkaan’s Safe Minimum Practice Standards (SMPS) in order to articulate and evidence the safety of their service provision. This also presents an opportunity for smaller groups to be more visible and heard within local VAWG settings such as local authority forums and safeguarding meetings.


Understanding the effects of Domestic Violence and Black and ‘Minority-Ethnic’ (BME) Women

Accredited Training Delivered by Imkaan

Day 1:14 November 2018

Day 2: 21 November 2018

Time:  10.00am – 4.00pm each day

Cost: Free to BME Women in the London ending VAWG sector and London Statutory sector

Event registration end: 31 October 2018

Spaces: Maximum of 12 available

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Please note you must book and attend both dates of this two-day programme.

This two-day OCN London Accredited programme is provided by Imkaan under the Ascent project and part of the London VAWG Consortium. The programme aims to develop learners skills and confidence when working with BME women and girls affected by domestic violence. It will raise learners knowledge and understanding of violence against women and girls in general, the forms and impacts of domestic violence in particular, and ways an integrated approach can address multiple barriers faced by BME women and girls. By the end of the two days learners will have a deeper understanding of how violence impacts on the lives of BME women and girls and be able to strengthen their practice responses in safe, effective and appropriate ways. Learners will also explore the different ways the law can be used including recent legislation.

The programme is aimed at practitioners who work directly or indirectly with survivors of violence against women, particularly BME women, including social workers, housing support, health and education staff, police and those working in the criminal justice system.


Family Law in the News

Family law features frequently in the news.  This is your opportunity to understand the law behind some of the headlines and how they may impact upon your service users:

  • British court recognises Sharia law in landmark divorce case” [www.telegraph.co.uk] What did the judge actually decide in Nasreen Akhter’s case? What impact will this have on other marriages which have not been legally registered?
  • Denying widow’s allowance to unmarried mother ruled illegal” [www.theguardian.com] Why is this case important? What should cohabiting couples be aware of?
  • Divorce law revolution puts end to blame game” [www.thetimes.co.uk] Why has Trini Owens been denied a divorce and are we any closer to “no-fault” divorces?
  • Domestic abuse victims call for family courts overhaul” [www.bbc.co.uk] What are the biggest challenges that survivors face in the Family Court and are there opportunities for change with the Domestic Abuse Bill?

Who should attend? It is open to all professionals working in London boroughs on violence against women and girls issues from the community, voluntary and statutory sectors including refuge workers, IDVAs, ISVAs, social workers, housing officers, police officers, education professionals and health professionals. It is also open to Commissioners and Local Authority Officers responsible for commissioning violence against women services

Thursday, 1st November 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

London EC2

FREE – Eligibility:  Priority for  professionals providing services in London

Read more and find the application form here.


Finances for Joint Projects and Consortia

Sustainability training delivered by Women’s Resource Centre

15 November, London N7 9DP

Who is it for?
Organisations working with those affected by VAWG who want to find out more about finances in joint projects and consortia.

What’s it about?
The course is geared toward applying practical knowledge necessary in relating recognised financial concepts for financial decision making in consortium.
The course is developed to make better use of different financial formulas, such as, cost allocation, activity-based costing systems, joint costs and break even analysis.
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
• Use and apply activity-based costing to services or products
• Allocate joint costs of multi-purpose activities
• Identify the steps involved in the design and implementation of activity-based costing systems,
• Practice break-even analysis
• Prepare a break even budget for consortium bids
• Monitoring of consortium budget against expenditure

What will I take away?
Improved understanding of allocating joint costs with multi-purpose activities being comfortable developing and monitoring financial progress against a consortium budget.

For more information and to register, please click here.


Helping Survivors Access Family Law Legal Aid

Expert-led training delivered by Rights of Women

Earlier this year the government introduced changes to the types of evidence survivors can provide to access family law legal aid.  All professionals working with survivors of VAWG will find it helpful to know what to do if they are called upon to provide such evidence. The course will cover:

  • What is legal aid?
  • When is family law legal aid available?
  • Why you (professionals working in statutory or voluntary organisations who come into contact with survivors) may be asked to provide evidence to help survivors access legal aid
  • Practical tips on preparing evidence for survivors

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Bromley BR6

FREE – Eligibility:  Priority for  professionals providing services in Bromley, Bexley or Greenwich

 

Tuesday, 27th November 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Leytonstone E11

FREE – Eligibility:  Priority for  professionals providing services in Enfield, Waltham Forest or Haringey

 

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Wandsworth SW17

FREE – Eligibility:  Priority for  professionals providing services in Wandsworth, Richmond or Kingston

 

Tuesday, 11th December 2018, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Hounslow

FREE – Eligibility:  Priority for  professionals providing services in Hounslow, Hillingdon or Ealing

More information and booking forms available here.


Unconscious Bias

Sustainability Training delivered by Women’s Resource Centre

29 November 2018, 10am – 4pm

Whether in our personal lives or professional, we assess and experience a multitude of situations, many of which require decisions. These decisions are based on the information we have available. Some decisions are reached at a conscious level based on reason and evidence and some are influenced by our unconscious bias, based on our instinct and gut feeling.

We all hold natural biases, both positive and negative ones – it’s part of human nature. In order for us to make discussions rapidly, our brain creates categories and our brains can also unconsciously categorise people by stereotyping. In the workplace, this means that our behaviour towards a person or group of people can sometimes be based on this bias.

How do our biases develop? Are we consciously aware of how much of our decision-making is automatic, based on belief systems that we absorbed from our early lives? This course moves us away from the “good person/bad person” paradigm of diversity. A more accurate depiction is that we all have bias of one kind or another. The key is to identify and examine those biases, to consider how they impact our actions with others, in our jobs and in our lives.

The aims of this training are to:

  • Raise awareness of what unconscious bias is
  • Analyse how we reach decisions and how it impacts on the people we work with
  • Describe and apply evidence based techniques to identify, challenge and prevent areas of unconscious bias in the workplace
  • Encourage better decision-making and help to create more inclusive and diverse projects
  • Enhance the understanding and value of developing diverse Boards of Trustees

Register here.


Quality Assurance Frameworks

Expert-led Training delivered by Imkaan

13 February 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Cost: Free to BME Women in by and for BME ending VAWG sector in London

Event registration end: 30 January 2019

Spaces: Maximum of 10 available

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This expert-led training is provided by Imkaan’s Sustainability Team through the Ascent project and is part of the London VAWG Consortium. Imkaan’s national framework assists specialist ‘by and for’ BME organisations and commissioners in evidencing and understanding the quality of services this sector provides. The session is aimed at BME women practitioners in the London ending VAWG sector, and provides a focus on Imkaan’s Quality Assurance frameworks which are part of the initiatives in the area of ending violence against BME women and girls. Participants will learn about what the framework is comprised of and how it can benefit their by and for organisations.


Violence against Black and ‘Minority- ethnic’ Women and girls

Expert-led Training Delivered by Imkaan

20 February 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Cost: Free to BME Women in by and for BME ending VAWG sector in London

Event registration end: 11 February 2019

Spaces: Maximum of 10 available

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This expert-led training focuses on the various forms and contexts in which violence against BME women and girls manifests. The session will explore how particular concepts such as ‘intersectionality’ and ‘space’ are intrinsic to practice and ways practitioners can both analyse and respond effectively.


 Understanding Forced Marriage and ‘Honour-based’ violence

Accredited Training Delivered by Imkaan

Day 1: 6  March 2019

Day 2: 13 March 2019

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm each day

Cost: Free to BME women in the Lonodn ending VAWG sector and London statutory sector workers

Event registration end: 20 February 2019

spaces; Maximum of 12 ONLY over the 2 day programme

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Please note you must book and attend both dates of this two-day programme.

This two day OCN London Accredited programme is provided by Imkaan under the Ascent project and part of the London VAWG Consortium. The programme aims to develop learners knowledge and skills around responding to these forms of violence, including understanding the roots of forced marriage and ways it intersects with other forms of violence The course will explore research and how different communities are historically affected by forced marriage and ‘honour-based’ violence, and the importance of effective intervention.

By the end of the two days,learners will have a broader understanding of impact, and will have strengthened their practice in identifying risk factors and how to use strategies to best support and safeguard women and girls experiencing /or at risk of these forms of violence against women and girls. The programme is aimed at practitioners who work directly or indirectly with survivors,particularly BME women. Practitioners, also include social workers, housing support, health and education staff, police and those working within the criminal justice system.