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In Safe Hands: Opportunity to test the new trauma-informed kite mark for specialist VAWG services

Grants available for charities and social enterprises in England 

AVA is delighted to have been funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the Tampon Tax fund to build and test a trauma-informed kite mark for specialist VAWG services. We will be working with six specialist partners (West Mercia Women’s AidSuffolk Rape CrisisChaynOne25IcenaWomen’s Aid Federation of Northern Ireland) to build, test, and evaluate a trauma-informed kite mark consisting of three key pillars of our approach; 

1.     A survivor-led ‘audit’ of organisational policies/procedure/practice

2.    Training and knowledge development for staff and managers  

3.    Clinical Supervision and reflective practice framework and training

We are inviting charities and social enterprises operating in England to apply for a capacity-building grant to help us test and evaluate our new trauma-informed kite mark.

We are looking for five independent VAWG specialist services to trial and feedback on the tools developed for the kitemark. We will make an unrestricted grant of £20,000 to each organisation to enable them to work alongside the steering group as we implement and learn. 

Please see more information on this FAQ sheet.

Grant holders will be required to work intensively with our evaluation partner to evaluate the impact of the tools/training/approach on their staff and service beneficiaries. Grant holders should also note AVA and her partners commitment to co-production and the use of experts by experience in delivery, development, and evaluation.

What kind of services should consider applying?

We are looking for services that are charities or social enterprises or CIC’s. We need them to have been operational for more than three years and we ask that they can demonstrate a strategic commitment to trauma-informed practice. We are looking for the capacity to test, feedback, and evaluate resources so require a creative and solution-focused approach.

We want to ensure we are developing an approach that can meet the needs of survivors who have a range of lived experience and protected characteristics including Black and Minoritised women, LGBT+ survivors, disabled women, older women. We are also interested in testing the approach with services designed exclusively for children and young people and we are interested in a range of service settings. 

Please review In Safe Hands FAQ sheet in full before applying. Access the application form on this link.

All applications need to be sent to Maria Dardagan / maria.dardagan@avaproject.org.uk by the 31st of March 2022.

We are only able to accept applications on our dedicated form. If you have any further queries please contact Samar Hesh Toubia / Samar.Hesh-Toubia@avaproject.org.uk.

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