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Increased jobcentre support for women experiencing domestic abuse

This morning the DWP issued a Press Release, click on the image above to read more.

Around 600 DWP staff across the UK are currently undergoing specialist training from expert organisation Women’s Aid. The newly assigned points of contact will be trained to identify and support the needs of anyone experiencing domestic abuse, and will work closely with local services to share knowledge and signpost women to additional, external support.

And in an important step to protect those experiencing domestic abuse, the Secretary of State will also announce that new Universal Credit claims will receive automatic guidance directing payments to be made to the main carer’s account.


Domestic Abuse in rural areas


The National Rural Crime Agency has published a report about the hidden domestic abuse in rural areas.

Click on the image above to read the BBC report

Isolated, unsupported and unprotected, victims failed by the system, services and those around them

The National Rural Crime Network reveals a hidden picture of domestic abuse in rural Britain; victims are isolated, unsupported and unprotected – who are being failed by the system, services and those around them.

The reort is the result of an 18-month intensive research project, talking to rural victims of domestic abuse.


Click on the image below to read the report


Domestic abuse survivors ‘more at risk of serious mental illness’

Please click on the link to go to the BBC News website to read the research carried out by Birmingham University.

Other media has also reported this research



In the article on the Independent webpage, there are 13 slides entitled “Forgotten Women” these are thought provoking and worth reading.

Job Vacancy

Women’s Outreach Worker 

15 hours per week (Mon – Fri)

£18,795 to £20,344 per annum (pro rata)

Initially this will be a 12 month contract

We are looking to recruit an Outreach Worker to run a project in the Queens Park area of Bedford.  You will be able to deliver and co-ordinate soft skills workshops, provide general support to service users, work with partner organisations, manage feedback, and reporting.

The ability to speak Urdu/ Punjabi and a good knowledge of women’s issues would be advantageous.

For more information and to request an application pack Tel: (01234) 316801

or e-mail: admin@bedfordwomenscentre.org.uk

Family Groups is committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. This post however is restricted to women due to the nature of the role. The Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

Closing date for completed applications: 

Monday 17th June 2019.  Interviews will be held w/c 24th June 2019.

Reg. charity No. 1045275; Co. Ltd. by Guarantee No. 2948661

Raleigh Centre, Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9HE

HSBC supports survivors of economic abuse

The HSBC has been praised in the press for it support of its customers experiencing domestic abuse


Click on the image above to visit the HSBC website for more information on how the bank can help you if you are one of its customers.


For more information click on the image below for more information this will take you to the Women's Aid website

If you click on the logo below you can visit the Surviving Economic Abuse website; have a look at the resources section highlighted in green.


If you need to speak to someone about domestic abuse, please call the 24 hour National Domestic Violence helpline 0808 2000 247


If you are in immediate danger please call the Police on 999


Vacancy – Chef / Cook UK charity in Luton

Click on the image above to go directly to the vacancy where you can download the application and job description

Cook wanted

Salary: £7.50 to £9 per hour dependent on experience and qualifications

Permanent contract

The role will predominantly work within Stepping Stones’ main office in Luton requiring the individual to plan, prepare and serve a range of healthy meals and snacks for children attending childcare and adults attending the centre for courses or events.

The individual will need experience of catering and/or food preparation and have a food hygiene level 2 certificate.

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of our diverse team, supporting the provision of services for vulnerable women. We are keen to develop this role and would welcome an individual willing to be creative and develop recipes and meal choices whilst keeping up to date with current healthy practices and cooking for children.

The role is hugely rewarding, but busy and demanding so you’ll need to be able to manage your time well, be able to keep a calm head under pressure and will already have a good knowledge of food preparation and kitchen cleanliness / hygiene processes.

This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. An enhanced disclosure will be sought through the Disclosure and Barring Service as part of Stepping Stone’s employment checks and Personal Interviews will be required as part of the employment process.

To apply please visit our website www.steppingstonesluton.co.uk to download an application form and job description. CVs will not be accepted.

For more information please contact our Childcare Manager Linda Rogers for an informal chat on 01582 457114.

Closing date for applications: Friday 14th June 12 noon all applications should be returned to:


SANDS Awareness Month June 2019

June is SANDS (Stillbirth & neonatal death charity) Awareness Month click on the image to visit the SANDS website for more information, support and advice.

Statistically pregnancy increases the risk of escalation in domestic abuse or can be a trigger for it to happen.

Domestic abuse during pregnancy increases the risk to the health of both mother and the unborn child. Domestic abuse during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, infection, premature birth, and injury or death of the baby.

The stress and anxiety that pregnant women experience, because of the abusive relationship, can affect the woman's emotional & physical well being as well as affecting the development of the baby.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse you can get support and help; please click on the Get Help tab of this website to find organisations that can support you.

During pregnancy you will be asked about your relationship; you can talk to your midwife, HV or other professional involved in your care if you are experiencing domestic abuse.


Further information is available from the Tommy's website.


If you click on the lick above at the bottom of the page is a video in which a midwife explains why women are asked about domestic abuse.

Women in same sex relationships can also experience domestic abuse, so please speak to someone to protect yourself and your baby.

If you are in immediate danger please call the Police on 999

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