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.

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


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


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.

Equality Act 2010 (West London)

Workshop delivered by Women’s Resource Centre and Rights of Women

4th December, London W12 7QT

Who’s it for?

This is a key piece of legislation that is relevant to work being carried out in all sectors and at all levels. The course is designed to be accessible to a wide audience and avoids legal jargon. It focuses on deepening participants understanding of how the Equality Act 2010 can be used as a valuable tool to assert rights and challenge discrimination. It is delivered by Rights of Women and primarily uses case examples from women’s rights and tackling violence against women and girls contexts.

What is it about?

The course provides a basic overview of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010. It explains how the Act can provide protections for individuals in relation to unfair treatment and promotes a fair and equal society through the Public Sector Equality Duty. It includes a short history of how the Act was formed and looks at case study examples to see how the law can be applied practically. It also explains how the Act recognises inequality in society and provides certain exemptions to address this  – for example, to allow an employer to only employ women for certain positions or in relation to services that require women-only spaces.

What will I take away?

A basic understanding of the principles and scope of the anti-discriminatory legal framework laid out by the Equality Act 2010.

Who’s the trainer?

This training session is delivered by Estelle Du Boulay, Director at Rights of Women. Estelle has been involved in equalities and rights focused work for over 20 years, specialising in challenging gender and race discrimination.  This has routinely involved examining how individual and structural discrimination can be addressed through improved legal, policy and accountability frameworks that promote ‘access to justice’. As the Director of Rights of Women she has been leading on the ASCENT work on the Equality Act 2010.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Partnership – All You Need to Know

Sustainability training delivered by Women’s Resource Centre

6th December, 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.

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


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


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


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.