The BRAVE project funded by The Big Lottery is now in full swing. Following the appointment of Helen Williams as project manager, there have been a number of other exciting additions to the team.
Sarah Garlick has been brought on board as BRAVE’s project support officer, lending her expertise to ensure everything in the BRAVE office runs smoothly. BRAVE have also appointed 8 service development staff, and a senior development officer.
Rosie Frewin has been brought on board as BRAVE’s senior development officer, and will be based in Ystradgynlais, along with 2 service development staff. Another 2 service development staff will be based in the Rhyader area, and 4 will be based in Neath.
The team will be located at Calan DVS’s Neath headquarters, as well as in Powys. The successful appointment of team members now means that the BRAVE project can begin to develop crucial services that will help and support young people in these areas who have been affected by domestic abuse.
Rose will head the team as senior development officer, with support from the eight development coordinators; Jan Hines, Gareth Branch, Taryn Lewis, Kris Evans, Della Bufton, Neil Rees, David Chadwick, and Gail Williams.
The team have begun work to provide essential services; early intervention is key to breaking the cycle of intergenerational abuse. This will progress through service-user-led support and information, as well strong partnerships with other support agencies in the area. The team will also be able to provide one-to-one services, help and advice for parents of young people, as well as toolkits and resources that will be made available to schools, clubs, crèches, and other institutions that can engage and educate children and young people.
The BRAVE team is already making considerable progress. A steering group has been set up, comprised of senior stakeholders from the Welsh Government, the Police Commission, and heads of key local authorities. Two implementation groups have also been set up involving lead practitioners, one in Powys and one in Neath Port Talbot; and two beneficiary groups have also been set up for service users. The BRAVE EIP will be co-designed by these groups, which will allow BRAVE to become a provider of key resources and tools to young people, rather than a service.
A mapping exercise and literature review has also been carried out on the wider domestic abuse sector affecting young people, and the team is currently carrying out extensive research into ways to build upon and develop new resources to enhance existing domestic abuse services for young people.