Professionals & communities Ask Me Ask Me "We know that communities are often the first to know about abuse, and that they can act as gate openers or gate closers in terms of help-seeking." Finding the Costs of Freedom report, 2014 EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST IN THE AUTUMN TRAINING HERE People within a survivor's community are often the first to know that domestic abuse is happening. But lack of understanding and confidence can make people afraid to talk about it, and unsure of how to respond when someone speaks out. Survivors have told us they can feel judged, isolated or silenced by the people around them. We are changing that through the Change That Lasts Ask Me scheme, developed in partnership between Women's Aid Federation of England and Welsh Women's Aid. Jewish Women's Aid is very excited to be invited by Women's Aid to participate in the pioneering Change That Lasts programme. The project is a simple initiative that equips everyday people with an understanding of domestic abuse and how to respond to survivors. This knowledge will enable people in the Jewish community to play an active role in ending domestic abuse. Please download our flyer for further information about the programme, or email Lee our trainings manager for more details. Feedback from Women's Aid Ask Me training participants: MANCHESTER TRAINING: 28th October & 4th November 9.30am-4.30pm Prestwich LONDON N3 TRAINING: 19th & 26th November, 3rd December 5.30-9.30pm REDBRIDGE TRAINING: 5th & 12th December, 9.30am-4.30pm EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST IN THE AUTUMN TRAINING HERE Can't make those dates? Email us and we'll let you know future dates! Being an Ask Me ambassador We offer free 12-hour training courses to members of the local community from all backgrounds and identities, where they learn about domestic abuse, how to challenge the stereotypes surrounding it, and how to listen to, believe and direct survivors to specialist support. Anyone with a connection to the area where the Change That Lasts Ask Me scheme is running can become an ambassador, whether you have been personally affected by domestic abuse or whether you would like to learn more. After the training, ambassadors are given resources and support to share what they have learned with those around them in ways that feel most comfortable to them. They are encouraged to start conversations about domestic abuse that will help others to better understand the barriers that survivors face in speaking out. An ambassador can commit as much or as little time as they can give. We keep in touch with Ask Me ambassador meet-ups, campaign involvement and volunteering. We also send short surveys to find out how they are getting on and how we can support them further. An Ask Me ambassador... ... believes in equality of all people, regardless of their gender identity, age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, cultural beliefs or circumstances; ... listens and believes others who share their personal experiences of domestic abuse; ... is non-judgemental and respectful; ... is passionate about ending domestic abuse. There is a chance that we may decide that it isn't appropriate for a person to take on the role if they don't share these values and qualities. We will work with people to overcome any barriers wherever possible, or we will direct you to a more suitable volunteering or training opportunity. Join a growing network of nationwide Ask Me ambassadors! Apply here Can't make those dates? Email us and we'll let you know future dates!