Published: Friday, 27th November 2015
Audrey Laycock has been named the first recipient of the Scottish Borders Violence Against Women Partnership Award.
Audrey volunteers as a support worker at:
- the Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre (SBRCC)
- the CEDAR Groupwork programme (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery)
The award is supported by the Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team. The award ceremony was held on 25 November which was also International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
A well deserved winner
Audrey has supported many survivors of sexual violence. Through her work, she understands the impact, not just on survivors, but also their friends, families and the wider community.
She was praised for:
- being a skilled and knowledgeable support worker
- providing a safe, non-threatening environment where women and girls can talk freely and in confidence
- arranging peer support meetings for fellow volunteer support workers
- consistently attending SBRCC events
Andrea Beavon, Violence Against Women Co-ordinator, Scottish Borders Safer Communities team
“We are delighted that a Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre support worker has won our first VAW Award.
“The award gives us a way to honour the hard work and commitment of the volunteers at our local centre. Audrey accepted the award in recognition of the work they all do.
“I have known Audrey for over five years and she has been an inspiration to work with.”
Councillor Donald Moffat, Executive Member for Community Safety
“Congratulations to Audrey on being named the first Scottish Borders Violence Against Women Partnership Award winner.
“Tackling domestic abuse is a high priority for all partner agencies and the local community, and individuals such as Audrey are playing a vital role in supporting survivors.”
The award looks to build on the success of pioneering and highly regarded Pathway Project which continues to provide vital support for victims of domestic abuse and their children.
Events in the Borders in support of ending domestic violence
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Wednesday 25 November kicks off 16 Days of Action, which runs until Wednesday 10 December.
Reclaim the Night march is on in Galashiels on Saturday 28 November.