The Dragonfly Project develops community-based support for people affected by domestic abuse. Dragonfly champions are trained to provide a listening ear and a link to domestic abuse support agencies so that people who are isolated have access to help.
PARAGON developed the Dragonfly Project with people in our communities in mind. Those not supported by mainstream services can be signposted to help if they are affected by domestic abuse. We are seeking to reach people in isolated communities across:
- Isle of Wight
- West Sussex
The main aim of this work is to educate and engage people living and working within these communities to become Champions. Champions will become a point of contact for those experiencing abuse, supporting them to access services. The Dragonfly Project has raised and continues to raise awareness within these communities, enabling individuals to speak out about abuse.
Dragonfly Trainers provide Domestic Abuse awareness training to prepare Champions to carry out their role. The Dragonfly Project seeks to reduce stigma and increase people’s confidence, helping them to talk openly about what is happening.
Firstly, I wanted to say a huge thank you for inviting me on this training session, I found it really beneficial. Thank you also for promoting this event and arranging it. It was well delivered and conducted at the right pace and pitch for the audience present, by two exceptional women. I feel better equipped now to support and signpost any work colleague, family member or friend who may be suffering or in need of support, and I will not hesitate to apply my newfound knowledge in this area as needed. The Dragonfly Project is a vital lifeline for many and I feel very privileged to be a part of this both yesterday, and every day now. I’m wearing my Dragonfly pin badge with pride. – A workshop attendee
PARAGON offers training for community members who want to offer signposting to various specialist services. Train to become a Dragonfly Champion, supporting people affected by domestic abuse in your community.
Please note – the workshops show the reality of domestic abuse, including case studies and videos of real-life cases.
After completion of the awareness training, Champions will have:
- Promotional material to use for people to identify you as someone safe to approach
- An offer of support and guidance from Dragonfly workers through regular Drop-Ins
- Up-to-date information regarding the Dragonfly Project through Quarterly Newsletters
- A chance to feedback to the PARAGON community on how you have supported people
- Access to our online community on Facebook for further information on domestic abuse
Attending the training
All workshops are being conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams. You will receive a link and/or calendar invitation roughly 24 hours before the date of your scheduled session.