We recently received the much-anticipated news regarding our most recent funding application to the Pilgrim Trust: and we have been awarded a two year grant to establish the WISER project!
WISER will be a provision for women with learning disabilities or borderline learning disabilities who wish to know more about domestic abuse. We intend to ‘bridge the gap’ between specialist learning disability services for women with moderate to profound learning disabilities, and services that are mainstream. This we means we will working with those who may be deemed ‘hard to reach’ (unknown to or unable to access adult social care services or support providers). Women are often extremely isolated within their communities, unable to access support, rendering them far more likely to experience abuse for a prolonged period of time.
WISER is a response to many of the women working with our advocacy service through Child Protection and care proceedings, who have reported they struggle to access mainstream support for domestic abuse. Our plans include the delivery of a 12-week course in domestic abuse awareness, a women’s support group as well as easy-read publications of domestic abuse legislation and women’s rights. We are seeking to encourage the forming of a empowered and supportive community of women in Plymouth, through a holistic, therapeutic approach. Learning will be tailored to their needs, drawing upon multiple tools such as role-play, media and interactive exercises, in appropriately sized groups (a max. of 6 women). For women who do not wish to access the course, there will be support groups available, however access to the groups will be available for course participants, too.
We are incredibly excited and humbled to be given the green light. Our vision is to create and deliver an inclusive, flexible and adaptive service for women to be able to understand the signs, risks and long-terms effects of domestic abuse. More importantly, we wish for them to develop an intrinsic sense of their worth and value, and that their confidence and esteem will be nurtured through being a part of a supportive community of other women.