Would you like to bring all the benefits of a Trauma-informed Community (TiC) to your area?

WAVE is happy to support anyone who is driven to transform their area through the science of ACEs and resilience. Get in touch today at [email protected] and let us know what your plans are.

For anyone wishing to start a TiC project from scratch, here are some first steps we’d recommend:

  1. Bring together everyone you know who may be curious or interested in the 70/30 goal. Meet up to discuss what you would like for your area. Create a preliminary action plan for the first few months. Draw in other volunteers through your contacts and others who have shown a keen interest locally. After the initial few informal gatherings, hold an inaugural steering group meeting, at which you’ll choose a chair and deputy chair to lead the project.

  2. Set up an internet group and use it as a means of drawing in more volunteers and updating the group on your latest news.

  3. Host a screening of the film 'Resilience'. Charge £5 - £10 per ticket to ensure that you cover the license fee costs (£240 payable to distributor Dartmouth Films) plus the cost of venue hire (though we’d recommend asking a local third sector organisation for free room hire). Ideally get a local business to be your champion and/or financial supporter.

  4. Hold a Q&A session with local experts immediately after the screening. Use the event to advertise your internet group, steering group and local aims, as well as asking the audience what they’d like to see going forward.

 

Subsequent tasks you could take:

  • Secure interest from businesses in your area and senior leaders such as Police Chief Constable and relevant third sector organisations (e.g. manager of local Barnardos branch). Ask them if they are willing to explore the possibility of making their services trauma-informed. Maintain contact with them after the initial first meeting, developing a relationship.
  • Survey local practitioners (we would recommend SurveyMonkey) as to their opinions regarding trauma-informed approaches and what they feel is needed in their workplace. Cast the net wide in terms of whichever practitioners are most likely to deal with traumatised people on a day-to-day basis (could include health visitors, police officers, prison officers, primary school teachers, etc).
  • Host focus groups with people who have been severely affected in their adult lives by the impact of childhood trauma. Ask them what services they would like to see changed and in what ways, as well as listening to them explain how trauma affected their lives.
  • Link local services with professional trainers who adopt trauma-informed approaches in their work (we can provide suggestions).

Get in touch today at [email protected] if you would like to start a trauma-informed community (TiC), or indeed find out if there is one in your area which you could support.