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Safe Havens Host

Safe Havens Host
IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services)
Description of the role:

Leaving an abusive relationship can be one of the most dangerous times, yet all too often people are unable to access emergency accommodation and are forced to return to their abusers.
Safe Havens is an innovative project supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse to access safe, accommodation quickly, supported by trained, volunteer hosts and a dedicated IDAS worker. The initiative builds on a long history of people hosting families and individuals in their homes while they begin to rebuild their lives.

Being a Safe Havens host is an opportunity to guide and support a person through challenging times. Hosting a guest n your own home for short periods of respite who has experienced domestic abuse is incredibly rewarding. Hosts can assist the guest in many ways to reach their potential and future goals. Being with a trained host in a host's own home, offers guidance and support whilst the guest plans for their safer future, free from abuse and violence.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

Training is given for the role and hosts will link directly with IDAS support workers.

Often survivors need some time away whether this is for some respite or to enable them to consider and plan for their safe future. Hosts can play a significant part in someone's recovery by providing them a safe haven.

Practical information:

Accredited Training given
Flexible opportunity
Ability to link with IDAS volunteers in other roles
DBS checks will be carried out


Additional Information
DBS check needed: Yes
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Families, Over 18s
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
PO Box 309
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 04.10.2021
Organisation Information

During the coronavirus outbreak, (IDAS) has extended their online Live Chat service to run from 3 pm – 6 pm Monday – Friday.
There will also be a chat dedicated to answering questions from professionals, agencies and workers from 10 am – 12 noon on weekdays.

IDAS support anyone affected by domestic abuse and they are determined to keep their refuges and helplines running in these difficult times and will also provide support through:
• Online video support sessions
• WhatsApp messaging
• Telephone calls
• Online live chat on their website
• Email
For many people who are afraid of their partner and may be faced with being isolated with them for long periods of time, this is an additional risk factor.

IDAS is a charity that provides comprehensive support services to all those experiencing or affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. Services include refuge accommodation, outreach support and access to a free, confidential helpline. We employ a team of accredited specialist workers to support people who need support through the criminal justice system. We provide support to male victims of abuse as well as women and in some areas, we are able to provide support to children and young people who are living in the community. IDAS runs a refuge in Harrogate which accommodates up to 8 families and includes two self-contained flats one of which is fully wheelchair accessible. The refuge is open to women and children and referrals are taken from agencies as well as individuals. IDAS is also able to find emergency accommodation for men if they need to escape violence. Helpline: 03000 110 110

The RESPECT Young People's programme can help where young people display aggressive or controlling behaviours towards their parents, carers or family members

Charity number: 1102337