CHARITY OF THE MONTH: DAVSS
Kent-based domestic abuse charity DAVSS has received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise exceptional service within their communities.
Founded in 2011, and backed by Town & Country Housing’s Foundation, DAVSS is a community-based charity dedicated to providing emotional support, practical advice and advocacy services to male and female victims of domestic abuse in West Kent.
DAVSS is one of only three Kent-based recipients out of thousands of nominations across the charity and voluntary sector to receive the 2019 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in the UK. The awards exist to acknowledge “exceptional volunteer groups across the UK who are making a positive impact on the lives of others”.
DAVSS provides vital support services for anyone experiencing domestic abuse. The charity’s trained volunteers, supported by a professional staff team, answer helpline calls, respond to online messages and meet individuals face-to-face to offer non-judgemental advice and support, as well as preparing individual bespoke safety plans, support clients to court and help them begin to rebuild their lives.
Over the past year, DAVSS and its 60 dedicated volunteers have supported more than 750 clients across West Kent and answered over 1,000 calls to its helpline. In total, more than 21,000 volunteer hours have been donated, equivalent to nearly £310,000 (based on the Kent average earnings rate).
• Visit davss.org.uk