Celton Manx Recognition award strengthens Victim Support
Victim Support Isle of Man manager Paula Gelling has completed a specialist domestic abuse course after the charity received a Celton Manx Recognition award earlier this year.
The award funded Ms Gelling’s UK travel and accommodation expenses while the cost of the course was met by the Manx Lottery Trust as a delegated partner of the Big Lottery Fund.
Delivered by Bristol-based charity SafeLives, the four-month course led to Ms Gelling receiving an Independent Domestic Violence Adviser (IDVA) qualification from the Open College Network.
She said: ‘I am very grateful to the Manx Lottery Trust and to Celton Manx’s Recognition scheme for giving me the opportunity to gain this qualification. As an IDVA I can risk-assess domestic abuse cases and work with the client towards a safer future.
‘Research has shown that with the intervention of an IDVA and appropriate safety planning working jointly with core agencies, in 60 per cent of cases the abuse ceased, which means a safer future for victims of domestic abuse and their children.’
Victim Support receives an annual contribution from the Department of Home Affairs, but otherwise relies on fundraising activities and donations from the public and corporate sponsors.
Department of Home Affairs chief executive Mark Kelly said: ‘Victim Support delivers a high-quality service to the local community, helping people when they are at their most vulnerable. Having a trained independent domestic violence adviser aligns with the commitment of our criminal justice strategy to place even greater emphasis on the treatment of victims and witnesses.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘Domestic abuse is a serious, often hidden, crime which, in many cases, goes unreported. Early intervention by trained frontline professionals such as Paula combined with multi-agency working can make a very real difference to breaking cycles of abuse. The work Paula and her team at Victim Support are achieving is helping victims of domestic violence and their families to rebuild their future and restore their self-esteem.
‘Through our long-standing involvement with local third-sector organisations we have witnessed how they are the closest to their clients – and the most insightful – when it comes to delivering targeted services that can turn people’s lives around. It is against this background that Celton Manx has been pleased to continue its association with Victim Support through this Recognition award.’
Recognition is the corporate social responsibility programme of Celton Manx that aims to give heightened visibility to local charities and not-for-profit organisations, in particular those with limited resources for promoting and developing their services.
Celton Manx has presented 27 Recognition awards in 2017.
Photo shows Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery with Victim Support Isle of Man manager Paula Gelling, Department of Home Affairs chief executive Mark Kelly and Isle of Man Treasury department member Ralph Peake MHK