Group photo of the Workshop Participants with their certificates and the facilitators. Photo credit @ Family Support Centre
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THE Family Support Centre (FSC) Senior Management Team is delighted to have conduct a 5 days of intensive Training of Trainers (ToT) on the Gender Base Violence Facilitator’s manual.

The ToT was attended by four staff members from the Gizo branch office and seven GBV Provincial Committees members from Noro, Tulagi and Kirakira. The ToT took place on the 27th to 31st May 2024, at the Imagination Island, Gizo in the Western Province.

The aim of this ToT is to provide the insights of how to use the GBV Facilitation Manual on various topics such as Gender and Human Rights, Violence in Relationships, Child Protection, Laws protecting women and girls and other vulnerable group of people, Psychological First Aid, and Basic Counselling Skills.

It also provides deep significant information on the different topics covered. The Provincial Committees and the provincial branch are the Family Support Centre reach at the provincial and community level, therefore, this ToT is significant to upskilled the officers and the committee members to effectively carry out GBV awareness raising workshops in their respective provincial centers and at the communities at large.

Family Support Centre has counted this as one of its milestones to have conducted its first ever Training of Trainers which aims to build the capacity of its staff branch officers and the Provincial Committees that are currently based in 6 provinces.

The role of our Provincial committees and Branch office in the provinces are basically to;

•             Conduct awareness raising on gender inequality issues, domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault.

•             Assist Survivors of Domestic Violence by providing basic counselling and psychological first aid assistant

•             Case management and accompaniment when making referrals to other GBV service provider

•             Provide support to clients in court for legal Justice based on the advice from Headquarter in Honiara.

The Family Support Centre in Partnership with International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) were so grateful to the Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (DFAT) for funding this event.

Reflection from few of the participants at the ToT;

 “I have learned a lot from all the topics that was delivered and also have realizes some key areas and approaches to deal with clients, and on how to conduct training and awareness as per FSC’s facilitation and training manual, “said Renneatte Papabbatu, Gizo Branch Coordinator.

“The training workshop is good that I have learned some new things, however, the timeframe is too short, therefore need to spend more time on each of the topic so that it can build my level of confidences in to facilitating sessions when the training manual targeting the rural communities,” said Rebecca Hala, Tulagi Team Leader.

To make a request for community awareness on GBV and to access the services on basic domestic violence counselling you, can visit our offices at our respective provinces or call 26999/699 (Toll-Free line) for more information.

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