Lorraine Woods, Operations Manager at RASA Merseyside explained the purpose of the street event:
“The impact of lockdown cannot be under-estimated. Alongside the ongoing battle to protect each other from the virus, support for social, mental health, and financial issues is now more needed than ever. We know that people’s mental health deteriorated during lockdown; loneliness increased; adults and children became more vulnerable to abuse with nowhere to escape to, and largely, no one to tell; and for many there has been a devastating financial impact.”
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said:
“The last 18 months have been incredibly challenging for many people. While our emergency services and voluntary sector, particularly those supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, really went above and beyond during the pandemic, we know that many people will need more help as restrictions ease.
“It’s so important we let anyone who is struggling know there is care and support available and that there are a whole range of services which are on hand to help. This is particularly crucial for anyone affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence – support services are available and they will listen, they will believe you and they will understand.
“This celebratory event is a fantastic way of spreading that message and showcasing the support these great organisations offer. I would encourage everyone to head down to Williamson Square to enjoy the celebrations and find out more.”
Each agency will staff an outdoor stall to provide information to members of the public on the services which they offer. Not only will the event raise awareness, promote services, and showcase the work achieved during lockdown, but will also celebrate the end of tough restrictions and the importance of community.
During the day there will be offering confidential spaces for those requiring assistance to make disclosures, education on self-care and meditation.
The event is a collaboration between a number of community services and local organisations, many of which will be present at the event, including: RASA Merseyside, Jackson Lee Solicitors, Everton in the Community and The LFC Foundation
In addition to Liverpool City Council, Liverpool John Moore’s University, The Whitechapel Centre, Merseyside Police, Onward Homes, Torus and Torus Foundation, Ruby Independent Domestic Violence Advisors, Worst Kept Secret Bully Busters, Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services, WHISC, We are with you, Asking For It, Exhibition Perception Theatre, Paul Lavelle Foundation, Savera UK, South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services, Liverpool Children’s Centre and YMCA.