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Events and training to tackle VAWG in Richmond

Find out what is happening in our borough to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG).

White Ribbon events

As a White Ribbon accredited organisation, we are committed to encouraging allyship within the borough. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is on 25 November every year, and this marks the start of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, so keep an eye out for our annual calendar of events and training.

White Ribbon Walks

We support the global campaign to encourage people, especially men and boys, to act and change the culture that leads to abuse. In Richmond upon Thames, we organise walks in our different wards to show solidarity with women and encourage residents to make a stand and call out abusive behaviour. Everyone is invited to join in the White Ribbon Walks.

Next walk:

  • Date: Saturday 18 May 2024
  • Time: 12 noon
  • Location: Starting point at Kew Gardens Station - Kew Parade exit

Walks are planned for 2024 in Kew, Fulwell, and Hampton Hill. Further details will be added as a soon as they are confirmed.  

Richmond Safe Space

If you’re feeling vulnerable in Richmond town centre on your night out, visit the Safe Space for signposting, support or simply company while you wait to get home.

Find it:

  • Days: Fridays and Saturdays
  • Time: 9pm to 12 midnight
  • Location: The green marquee outside Richmond train station

One Stop Shop

The One Stop Shop is the borough’s weekly drop-in service offering free, discrete support, advice and information concerning domestic abuse, stalking and sexual violence.

Drop-in details:

  • When: Every Friday
  • Time: 10am to 12 noon
  • Location: Citizens Advice, 94-102 High Street, Hampton Hill, TW12 1NY

Walk and talks

Community Officers host ‘walks and talks’ with female residents to give local women the opportunity to discuss issues around women’s safety.

Officers can offer advice and support, while hearing from you on what needs to be done to help women feel safer. Walks are also promoted on local police Twitter accounts.

Next walk and talk TBA.

Bystander training

Throughout 2024, we are delivering regular bystander training sessions which everyone is welcome to sign up for. We are also offering further bystander training sessions either online or in person for local organisations, businesses, community groups, places of learning, or sports teams to support everyone in gaining the tools to make a difference in our local community.

Sign up for the free bystander training sessions we are delivering online via Microsoft Teams:

If your organisation or community group is interested in receiving bystander training, please email Abi Jonas, VAWG Community Safety Officer, at abi.jonas@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk.

If you have any other training needs related to VAWG, please reach out to discuss your requirements, as we may be able to assist. 

Stalls

If you want to learn more about what we are doing to end violence against women and girls and find out what you can do to help, you can speak to a council officer or volunteer in person.

Our next stall is currently being planned. As soon as we know the date, we will let you know.

VAWG Community Forum

In partnership with Wandsworth Council, organisations working to tackle VAWG are invited to a forum aimed at sharing ideas, collaborating, and ensuring there is a strong co-ordinated response across the system that supports women and girls at risk of abuse and violence.

Next forum: 

  • Date: Thursday 14 March 2024
  • Time: 10am to 12.30pm 
  • Location: Richmond (TBC)

If you are an organisation and would like to join the VAWG Community Forum, please email Abi Jonas, VAWG Community Safety Officer, at abi.jonas@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk.

Updated: 04 March 2024

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