The Safeguarding Team at University Hospitals Plymouth have presented a donation to the Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services (PDAS) women’s refuge.
The Safeguarding Team encouraged staff from around the Trust to donate clothes, pyjamas, mobiles phones and Christmas Gifts to PDAS for residents who will be spending the Christmas period with them this year. The donation was presented to Sue Collins, Deputy Local Service Manager, at PDAS refuge, on Thursday 20 December during Safeguarding Champions meeting, during which the champions receive extra training to support the hospital staff in their own areas.
Senior Safeguarding Nurse, Lisa Donaldson, said: “The Trust recognises that being in hospital can be the only opportunity for someone to safely access support. We have posters in the toilets throughout the hospital to signpost people to how we can help.
“We also offer staff ongoing teaching and training opportunities. Sharing knowledge is so important to improve services to support those in need.”
As part of the national awareness week for domestic violence last month, the safeguarding team had a stand on the main concourse of the hospital, educating staff and promoting the services available.
“Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year and we want people to know that there is help available”, said Lisa. “We work closely with organisations and charities like PDAS who offer support to victims of domestic abuse. We want to thank all the hospital staff who have donated so generously.”
PDAS provides support, advice and protection for victims of domestic abuse. The service offers a wide range of help to individuals and families in the Plymouth area, including confidential advice, one-to-one and group support sessions, and a refuge.
Deputy Local Service Manager at PDAS, Sue Collins, said: “The refuge is an 11 bed unit. The women who come to us with children often leave their situation with no possessions. Old mobile phones are essential for people to be able to make safe phone calls. Fresh pyjamas and toiletries are always greatly appreciated as it’s the small things that can make a big difference.”
More information can be found online by visiting www.sanctuary-supported-living.co.uk/pdas .
You can also call the Women’s Aid 24-hour helpline: 0808 2000 247.
In an emergency, call 999.