Lucy Whittaker and Alpha Vesta have been an active member of the SETDAB Reference Group since 2019. The Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board (SETDAB) is made up of representatives from agencies and organisations working to join up and better facilitate Southend, Essex and Thurrock’s vision to work together to enable everyone to live a life free from all forms of domestic abuse. The Board is responsible for designing and implementing the Domestic Abuse Strategy across Southend, Essex and Thurrock. SETDAB provides strategic leadership to address domestic abuse by providing a multi-agency framework, common ethos and co-ordinated approach to innovate, drive change and address domestic abuse. Visit their website at Southend and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Partnership | Home (setdab.org)
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers. Many DWP employees have attended Alpha Vesta Training and Alpha Vesta have been working on a number of projects and initiatives with DWP in Essex placing employers and employment at the heart of breaking the cycle of domestic abuse. Department for Work and Pensions – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
EIDA are a growing network of large and small businesses. Their mission is to enable employers to take action on domestic abuse – raising awareness among all employees, supporting those facing domestic abuse, and providing access to services to help perpetrators to stop. When employers demonstrate that they are aware of domestic abuse and make staff aware of the services that are available, this can help to reduce the wall of silence about domestic abuse that prevents many from seeking help. Alpha Vesta have been members of EIDA since their incorporation in 2019 and Alpha Vesta’s support resources and training are available to EIDA members through their Directory of Support Support Services Directory — Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (eida.org.uk)
Alpha Vesta are active members of the Chelmsford Business Partnerships, a not-for-profit organisation which is open and attainable to all. Social Responsibility remains high on the Chelmsford Business Partnerships agenda; supporting business communities to understand and tackle their collective responsibility to individually foster a healthy workplace; physically, mentally, and environmentally. Their vision is to work as a community to enable businesses to grow and develop through communication, connection, and collaboration. You can find out more about Chelmsford Business Partnerships on their website https://chelmsfordbusinesspartnerships.org.uk
Spotter Talent, founded and run by Sue Potter, are an award winning HR consultancy with a vision to create learning cultures within business, and a mission to motivate, inspire and empower people to do things they never thought were possible. Learning and development are essential elements of any successful organisation and investing in L & D helps organisations to manage change better, increase morale, attract and retain staff and improve the company’s competitive edge. Sue’s breadth of experience spans identifying the skill gaps within a business and their impact, followed by creating workable training strategies to support the current and future needs of the business. In addition, Spotter Talent are able to offer bespoke consultancy and programme management for apprenticeship schemes. Visit their website at S Potter Talent Ltd | Award Winning Consultancy
Alpha Vesta are proud partners of CSR-A, a leading UK based company delivering a global standard for social responsibility.
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The National Centre for Domestic Violence was established in 2003 to help survivors of domestic violence and abuse obtain protection against an abuser, as well as offering services to the police, probation service, domestic abuse agency workers, the legal profession and judiciary.
The NCDV specialise in providing free, fast and effective support to survivors of domestic violence and abuse, usually by helping individuals obtain injunctions from their local county court. This free service is provided to everybody, regardless of their financial circumstances, sexual orientation, race, gender, age, political, religious belief or otherwise. To find out more visit: Domestic Violence & Abuse · Emergency Injunction Service (ncdv.org.uk)
The Employers Domestic Abuse Covenant is a pledge by businesses to support women affected by abuse to enter or re-enter the workplace. Employers are invited to sign the covenant and identify opportunities within their businesses for women seeking sustainable employment opportunities. They recognise that every employer will have a different capacity to offer support: as such they welcome the opportunity to discuss what companies can provide and how this fits with their existing policies or develop new and sustainable offers. Alpha Vesta signed up to the EDAC in 2021 and are growing their role as EDAC Champions across Essex. What is EDAC? | EDAC (edacuk.org)
The Trusted Business Community Association offer equal opportunities for all small business owners. Their policies create a level playing field for SME’s to work together as a collective force, highlighting the importance of collaboration through inclusion for all. In 2020, their Founder Sean Hewitt, completed Alpha Vesta’s full CPD Accredited Training as had become so passionate about understanding the impact that domestic abuse had in the workplace and across communities. Alpha Vesta were awarded The Trusted Community Association’s ‘Community Award’ in 2020 for making an impact to communities and across workplaces in breaking the cycle of domestic abuse.
The Organisation for Responsible Businesses is a membership organisation with a vision of a better way of doing business: a way that is good for business AND a better world. They believe that SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) are not only the powerhouse of the British economy but they also, collectively, have the power to make a real difference to our societies at local, national and even international levels. More businesses need to change the way they operate: to consider people and their environmental impacts as well as shout louder about a better way of doing business. The Organisation for Responsible business first published an article about Alpha Vesta’s work in 2020 and Alpha Vesta became members in 2021 where both organisations support the need to increase the responsible business movement. Impact of domestic abuse in the workplace – Org for Responible Biz (orbuk.org.uk)