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Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Champions Network

Three Networks have been set up across Cumbria - one each in the North, South and West of the county. They are supported by a multi-agency Steering Group and a Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Champion (Cumbria) who is based with Let Go, Impact Housing. The model Cumbria has adopted originated in Oxfordshire in 2006. Cumbria's Champion Network was established around 2011. To date there are over 300 champions who are confident that it has made a difference to victims of DV in their area.

DA & SV Champions are individuals who are trained, supported and resourced practitioners across a range of agencies and voluntary sector who agree to be the central point of contact for their organization. This help to assist their agency to enhance their response to individuals affected by domestic abuse & sexual violence in Cumbria.

Champions meet on a regular basis to add to their knowledge and to build professional relationships. Champions have access to:
local resources, information and campaign material;

• A countywide programme of training
• Peer support through the network attendees and meetings
• Ongoing support from the Steering group, the DA&SV Champion, Community Safety Partnerships and the Domestic Violence Business Manager.

Mangers/strategic leads are requested to select individual(s) for the Champion(s) role and to encourage and support them at all levels of the agency/organisation. An agency agreement is attached which sets out the expectations for Managers, Champions and the network. A rolling programme of training/network meetings and events has been timetabled. Timetables can be found in the right hand column.

Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence 2 day Champions Training dates 2017

*Apologies but due to unexpected circumstances the Champions Training has been cancelled until further notice. Please keep an eye on this website for further updates as this will be updated regularly.

Please note the training times are 10am till 4pm and includes Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) training

North – Venue - Centre 47, Impact housing, nelson street, Carlisle, CA2 5NE

  • Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th March 2017
  • Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th September 2017

North – Venue - Penrith Fire Station, Carleton Avenue, Penrith, CA10 2FA

  • Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th June 2017
  • Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th November 2017 - CANCELLED please contact Letgo

West – All training at Workington New fire station, Moorclose Rd, Workington CA14 5DX

  • Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th June 2017
  • Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st September 2017
  • Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th December 2017 - CANCELLED please contact Letgo

South – Venue - South Lakes Foyer, Yard 95, Stricklandgate, Kendal, LA9 4RA

  • Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th March 2017
  • Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd November 2017 - CANCELLED please contact Letgo

South – Venue - Barrow Fire Station, Phoenix Road, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, LA14 2NS

  • Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th May 2017
  • Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th September 2017

You will need to complete a champion agreement and return it to Donna Lancaster (DA & SV Champion) via a scanned copy by email or by post to Impact Housing Association, Centre 47, Nelson Street, Carlisle, CA2 5NE. In addition you will need to include your name, contact details and email address with your choice, you will then receive a confirmation email. Please note, only delegates who have followed this process will be allocated a place on the training as places are limited.

Champion 2017 Network Meeting Dates

All network meetings are 10am - 1pm, unless otherwise stated.

NORTH – Centre 47, Impact housing, Nelson Street, Carlisle CA2 5NE

Tuesday 21st March 2017 

WEST – Workington fire station, Moorclose Road, CA14 5DX

Thursday 9th March 2017

SOUTH – Kendal South lakes foyer, Yard 95, Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4RA  - Thursday 2nd March 2017