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Newsletter – June 2020

Message to supporters from
Lyn Gooding First Light CEO

So here we all are in week 13 of lock-down and how different the world looks. Everyone seems to have learnt a new global language, never before did we contemplate holding zoom meetings, be that for business or pleasure, but its platforms like these that has enabled us all to feel connected.

For all of us here at First Light we continue to operate in the new normal, adapting and delivering all our services remotely. While developing our new working practices we also recognise there are a large number of people who are struggling to reach out and seek support. For some contacting us via our helpline  may not be possible through fear of being overheard. In an effort to ensure we can reach as many people as possible, we recently launched ‘livechat’ on our First Light and Safer Futures websites. The service offers support, help and advice, 9:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday and has been funded by Cornwall Community Foundations Emergency Fund.

In addition to our usual services two of our team, Mel and Carrina, have been delivering domestic abuse and sexual violence awareness training to Exeter University staff. The original plan was to deliver the training face to face but lockdown meant we had to rethink this approach. Embracing the new technology, training was delivered online. The feedback we received was excellent and clearly demonstrated the skills and knowledge our team have in this field, so if there are other organisations who might be interested in receiving similar training please do not hesitate to make contact with us via our Communications Officer Carrina Tytheridge or [email protected].

Feedback received included:

‘The trainers were brilliant and the sessions were very informative and well delivered.’ 

‘Brilliant in depth training that got you thinking. Allowed the exploration of sensitive and harrowing topics within a safe environment.’ 

‘Absolutely fantastic course. So interesting and First Light having first hand experience to share with us, made it more engaging too. I think they did an amazing job despite the complexities of delivering such a challenging topic virtually.’ 

Finally, as lock-down measures are slowly lifting, we are working hard developing our recovery plans. We acknowledge that the past 12 weeks has proved we can operate differently still helping to support and protect people from abuse, be that through education, crisis support and advocacy or therapeutic interventions and it is important we learn the lessons and adapt our services according to clients needs.

We also want to say a big THANK YOU to those of you out there that have been fundraising on our behalf, while at the same time raising the profile of the trauma inflicted through domestic abuse and sexual violence, its by working together we can make a real difference, so  again, THANK YOU you truly are amazing and we are very grateful that you chose to support our charity and cause.

Take care and stay safe.

We have recently launched a new website for our Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Recovery Service – Safer Futures. Here you can access online resources and make referrals to our services. Click here to have a look!