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Cornwall Pride 2021.

It is with regret that due to the rise of Covid-19 cases, we will no longer be providing a presence at this year’s Cornwall Pride in the interest of the safety of our staff and the future of our service delivery.
If you are a member of the LGBT+ community, we are here to support you. We are currently recruiting for a dedicated Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) LGBT+ in partnership with Barnardo’s in Cornwall to deliver the county-wide Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service ‘Safer Futures’.
Safer Futures and Intercom Trust are working in partnership to launch an exciting new pilot scheme ‘The Safer Rainbow Project’.
The designated LGBT+ IDVA will work with people to reduce the risk of further domestic abuse, this can include safety planning.  It can also include support with housing, signposting to health and wellbeing services, support with attending court and reporting to the police if appropriate. 
We want to provide members of the LGBT+ communities with a service that understands their needs and to discuss options to be safer. 

Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP visited Swindon & Wiltshire SARC to thank them for their work.

This morning Rt Hon Robert Buckland, the MP for South Swindon, Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Justice visited the Swindon and Wiltshire SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) to meet the staff who deliver the service, to thank them for their work and to ask questions.

He was delighted to attend the SARC and whilst in attendance he said: “It has been a real pleasure to be here today at the Swindon and Wiltshire SARC to meet Case Workers and to talk through some of the day to day issues that they face in supporting and helping victims of rape and of serious sexual offending.

“I am pleased to be spearheading initiatives to increase the number of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) and to scale up the response and the support that the victims I believe deserve”

First Light’s CEO, Lyn Gooding also attended the SARC to meet with Robert Buckland MP to talk to him about the service that the First Light team at the SARC provide.

At the event, she said: “We need to be able to tell him what is actually going on in reality. I think Politicians have a view, however they do not always understand what victims are actually going through and the pressures that staff like us have to deliver our services as well.

“We need to educate communities and societies in general about sexual violence and domestic abuse. There are a lot of myths out there and we need to eradicate all of the views that people currently hold so that people have the confidence to come forward when they do experience abuse.”

First Light Staff and Volunteers are set to attend Cornwall Pride event.

Staff members and Volunteers at First Light are set to attend Cornwall Pride which is taking place in Newquay on Saturday 28th August 2021.

The whole Cornwall Pride event will take place over three days, including Cultural Pride on Friday 27th and Celtic Pride on Sunday 29th.

The Parade begins at 11:50am on Saturday 28th August and this is followed by different acts lasting all the way up until 8:00pm.

First Light will be situated in a tent in the Charities / Organisations section at the back of Killacourt in Newquay where the event will be taking place.

The team will be on hand to provide support about Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence and to raise awareness about what we do as a charity.

The event is set to be exciting, and be sure to visit the First Light tent where you can get glittered up and have fun.

For more information about Cornwall Pride click here.

Please find the map for the event below.

First Light team observe 1 minute silence in memory of the victims of the Keyham tragedy.

At First Light we will be joining Plymouth and the UK at 11am today in observing the one minute silence to remember those that were lost in the Keyham Tragedy. #PlymouthTogether. 

If you are in need of urgent mental health support in light of the incident please call Livewell Southwest on 0800 923 9323.

Need to talk? Livewell Southwest are here to provide mental health support following last night’s incident.

If you have been affected by the tragic events that occurred in Plymouth last night and need urgent mental health support, Livewell Southwest are here to support individuals of all ages.

Please contact them on 0800 923 9323.

Our hearts are with all of those affected and we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the emergency responders involved.

Stay safe.

Our services continue to run as normal.

First Light volunteers attend Safer Spaces tent at this year’s Boardmasters festival

Safer Cornwall and Vision Nine, the organisers of Boardmasters, have launched their Safer Spaces initiative this week, to create a culture that confronts and prevents sexual violence, abuse and harassment at Boardmasters.

Festivalgoers can visit the Safer Spaces tent, located in the main campsite village next to the welfare tent, to find help and support, and make use of the glam space and chill area. The tent is a safe place where people can report incidents, talk about a previous experience or ask questions.

First Light’s volunteering members are attending this year’s event which is taking place from Wednesday 11th August until Sunday 15th August and are on hand to provide advice and support for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence incidents.

The whole Safer Spaces Team at this year’s event is made up of over 70 safeguarding professionals, all volunteering to support this initiative. As well as our First Light volunteering members, the other volunteers include substance misuse, mental health, children and young people support workers, as well as nurses, doctors, midwives, solicitors and children’s social care professionals.

The team will also be introducing pro-social bystander interventions and encouraging the festivalgoers to engage in awareness raising and challenging bad behaviour, in a safe way, both in the Safer Spaces Tent and via the Safer Spaces Outreach Teams.

In 2019, YouGov reported that one in five festivalgoers experienced sexual assault or harassment at a UK festival. This rises to one in three female festivalgoers. Yet there’s a great deal of silence around the issue: Only 1% of women and 19% of men feel able to report their experience to festival staff.