Lily is one of the team of GP DASAs who work with GP surgeries across Cornwall, acting as their direct contact into Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence services. The scheme offers training to GP surgeries and professionals, to raise awareness of DASV and teach them how to ask the right questions and support people in the practice.
As well as her work with First Light, Lily runs a local CIC in Falmouth and Penryn called Gather. Gather is a community that offers yoga sessions, peer support gatherings and workshops for people who have experienced sexual trauma.
A key aim of the role is to engage GPs and GP surgery staff to take action against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence as a part of their standard practice, by ensuring they have the knowledge and toolkit to confidently ask routine questions around Domestic Abuse.
As well as this important work, GP DASAs also take referrals from GP surgeries, triage people who have been referred to them and carry out risk assessments. GP DASAs will also meet with clients who can only be seen in the surgeries, which can be a more discreet way to access help if you are in an abusive environment.
Lily and the GP DASA team are keen to collaborate and co-operate with other services. spend a lot of time working to promoting multi agency work and build relationships to encourage people to improve their service.
What do you like about your job?
Lily really values the diversity of the role, and enjoys working with all the different people and professionals she collaborates with. It’s really important to her to be able to support people who have been affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Client work. I guess just making an impact and knowing you’ve played a part in making things better for people. Advocating for vulnerable people, ensuring that some of the people who might otherwise slip through the net are receiving the support they need. Improving awareness of DA across health services and helping other agencies be more trauma aware.
Why First Light? Lily started volunteering on the helpline back in 2018. She was keen to learn more about working in this area, and to understand the services that exist in the county. Lily is passionate about supporting people affected by Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. In her spare time, she also runs a peer to peer mentoring community called Gather.
Tell us about Gather – Gather is a peer support community CIC based in Falmouth and Penryn, Cornwall. They support people impacted by sexual trauma. Lily and the team of facilitators run two monthly peer gatherings, one for women and one for LGBTQ+ people, and facilitate trauma informed yoga and other occasional workshops to help people process sexual trauma and connect with others in their area who have similar experiences.
Lily founded Gather in 2019 as a response to the lack of community support for people affected by Sexual Trauma, something she found isolating during her own journey with sexual trauma. Its a community run project with a board of five people, all with their own lived experience, who strive to create or maintain an accessible, inclusive, authentic, informal space for survivors to build their own support networks.
Find out more about Gather here: https://gathercornwall.co.uk/
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