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Award for work with victims of domestic abuse

09 March 2016

An award has been won by our head of volunteering service for her work with victims of domestic abuse.

Japleen was honoured for her work with Safe-Arms, an organisation that helps women who have suffered domestic violence or abuse in the past and are now on their pathway to recovery.

Volunteers under the guidance of Safe-Arms’ director Liz Kingsley, have been delivering pampering sessions on our wards at Meadowview, Queen Mary’s Hospital.

Kaur received an award from the City of David Church as a Community Champion in Greenwich.

Japleen collected her award at an event at a school in Woolwich where guests enjoyed an evening of music and choir singing and a talk show hosted by teenagers at the school.

Japleen said: “We need to continue building our links and partnerships with community organisations as we are striving to achieve a common goal which is to ensure that our service users’ needs are met. Sometimes, this is going beyond receiving the right medication or treatment but is more about what it takes to make them feel valued and cared for.”

The City of David Church also thanked Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust for providing these placements to their volunteers, which has allowed them to gain vocational skills and helped to increase their confidence and outlook. The church also gave gifts to wards at Oxleas House and at the event, TARN manager Caroline Costin thanked them for the donation and was joined by managers from Avery, Marion and Shrewsbury wards.

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