Everyone at Southside Family Project was delighted to welcome Baroness Diana Barran to visit the centre last week in her new role as the Minister responsible for Civil Society, within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Baroness Barran knows Southside well as she is lives locally and has helped with advice and support as the charity had grown over the past twenty years. She has expertise in strategic work tackling domestic abuse as the founder of SafeLives, and its Chief Executive until 2017.
Baroness Barran visited Southside to meet some of the Family Champions and learn more about the project funded through the Tampon Tax Community Fund, through Quartet Community Foundation. The Family Champions have all been supported by Southside and are experts in their own right: from their lived experience, they know what has worked to support them and what needs to improve.
Baroness Barran said:
“Those who have lived experience have an absolute gold mine of knowledge and expertise to share. I’ve had the privilege to meet a number of people at Southside, both survivors of domestic abuse but a number of people who are now working for the charity, all of whom felt so strongly about what they’d gained from that and also what they can give other people.”
Southside invited Baroness Barran to present the Investing in Volunteers plaque to Penny McKissock, CEO. Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work. Southside has just achieved this award, thanks to support from Lloyds Bank Foundation, and this demonstrates the charity’s commitment to excellence in volunteering and ensuring that the volunteer programmes meet the highest standards.