CVS Inverclyde is the first organisation local to Inverclyde, and the first Third Sector Interface (TSI), to make a pledge to take a trauma informed approach to the work they do.

The pledge is part of NHS Scotland’s National Trauma Training Programme.

All CVS Inverclyde team members have access to trauma informed training that is relevant to their role, including the Community Link Worker team. CVS Inverclyde will support staff and continue to have conversations about their learning and wellbeing; they will also support Inverclyde’s wider third sector to become trauma informed.

Vicki Cloney, CVS Inverclyde partnerships facilitator, said: “Making the Trauma Informed Practice Pledge is an important milestone for CVS Inverclyde. In the third sector in particular, we often work with the most vulnerable people in our communities, so it’s vital that we make our work trauma informed.

“We all have a responsibility to be trauma informed and become aware of how trauma affects people and how to respond to this. CVS Inverclyde staff are committed to learning and improving our work to make it trauma informed and the Pledge is only the first step for us.

“We are also ready to support Inverclyde’s third sector to become trauma informed and I would everyone in the sector to think about how they can do this and get in touch with us to find out how we can help.”

The Inverclyde Community Link Worker Team are currently undertaking the Trauma Enhanced training. Lead community link worker, Elaine Cannon, said: “our Community Link Workers support Inverclyde patients with a range of backgrounds and experiences which may have adversely impacted their lives. 

“It’s important that we are trauma informed so that we consider patient choice, including environment, venue and engagement options which could potentially be a barrier to patients having their needs met. 

“As part of CVS Inverclyde, we are making the Trauma Informed Practice Pledge and our Community Link Workers are also undergoing training at Trauma Enhanced level in recognition of the challenges many of our Inverclyde patients need to overcome, give us a better understanding of how trauma may impact an individual and how we can best support them to move forward.”

CVS Inverclyde is proactive in looking for new ways to improve how we work and support staff. Last year, CVS Inverclyde became the first employer organisation in Scotland to receive the Bereavement Charter Mark.

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