Change that lasts

Change that Lasts is a new campaign about domestic abuse. Women’s Aid is running free training in East Surrey for anyone who wants to break the silence on domestic abuse.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council supports Women’s Aid’s aim to make sure that the first time a woman speaks out about abuse, she is heard, believed and guided towards the specialist support she needs to regain her independence.

Free training

Women’s Aid’s scheme, Change that Lasts, offers training for anyone - men and women - to become Community Ambassadors.

Training takes place on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 February in Redhill and Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March in Oxted.

Ambassadors will:

  • learn to understand domestic abuse and why it happens
  • find out how to respond when someone talks about it and where to direct people for expert support
  • be asked to talk about domestic abuse in their community where they work, play, live, learn, worship or network - whether it’s over a coffee with a friend, at their team meeting or posting on social media.
  • They will also help raise awareness of domestic abuse and present themselves as someone who will understand, meaning survivors will be more likely to open up to them.

Anyone can sign up to be a Community Ambassador. After the training, the time commitment is as much or as little as you can.

Sign up for training

Learning about domestic abuse is a life skill and can help make a real difference to the people around you. If you would like to be a part of the scheme you can sign up by emailing Zoe Snelgrove or calling her on 07769 322104.

More information about getting help with stopping domestic abuse is available on the council's domestic abuse webpages