Five min­utes: ...with the Daisy Pro­gramme in Wat­ton

The Mayor of Wat­ton, Tina Kid­dell, is sup­port­ing the Breck­land char­ity with a char­ity ball this month. She and the founder and project man­ager of the Daisy Pro­gramme tell us all about it

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Why was the Daisy Pro­gramme launched and what does the name mean?

DP: It was launched in 2015 when there was no out­reach ser­vice for sur­vivors of do­mes­tic abuse, liv­ing in Breck­land. Its name is an acro­nym from Do­mes­tic Abuse In­ter­ven­tion Sup­port­ing You.

Mayor, why did you choose to help the Daisy Pro­gramme with funds from the char­ity ball?

TK: The idea came about from some of the girls on the Daisy Pro­gramme who wanted an event to feel good about and dress up for. I was first made aware of the Daisy Pro­gramme by a friend of mine who helps run the pro­gramme.

I had been a vic­tim of abuse in a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship many years ago so the pro­gramme was of great in­ter­est to me. If I’d had the great sup­port that Daisy pro­vides, my life would have been eas­ier to han­dle at the time.

It is a lo­cal char­ity with lim­ited funds and an amaz­ing group of vol­un­teers.

What else will the ball be rais­ing funds for?

TK: As Mayor of Wat­ton one of my big tasks is to choose a cou­ple of char­i­ties to raise money for and to in­crease their pro­files. We are putting on the ball at the Sports Cen­tre.

I have been in­volved with the Wat­ton Sports and So­cial Club for many years and chose to sup­port them as they are a lo­cal char­ity that pro­vides lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties for all ages.

They re­ceive very lit­tle in the way of out­side fund­ing and a band of vol­un­teers have tire­lessly worked to keep the place go­ing.

The ball is on the eve of Wat­ton Car­ni­val day. What will some of the high­lights of the car­ni­val be?

TK: The car­ni­val is a great fun filled fam­ily day. Many com­mu­nity groups all pull to­gether to raise money for their causes. There will be fun­fair rides, food, a pro­ces­sion of lo­cal chil­dren’s groups and stalls sell­ing lovely home made things, in­clud­ing me on the town coun­cil tombola stall with other coun­cil­lors rais­ing fur­ther funds for my two char­i­ties.

How is the pro­gramme funded?

DP: We re­ceive a num­ber of grants from or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Big Lot­tery, Comic Re­lief, Han­dels­banken and Vi­o­lence Against Women and Girls. We are also part of the Breck­land Lot­tery.

What help does the Daisy Pro­gramme of­fer?

DP: The Daisy Pro­gramme of­fers oneto-one sup­port and a course look­ing at dif­fer­ent types of per­pe­tra­tor be­hav­iour. From this month this will be de­liv­ered by vol­un­teers – some of whom have pre­vi­ously been ser­vice users with the char­ity. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for them to share their ex­pe­ri­ence in a safe en­vi­ron­ment. We also of­fer a course ex­plor­ing self-ac­cep­tance and con­fi­dence which will have been eroded by liv­ing in an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship.

We have sup­port groups in Wat­ton, Thet­ford and Dere­ham, of­fer coun­selling, pro­vide train­ing on what do­mes­tic abuse is, as many are not aware that it comes in many forms, and sign­post to le­gal ad­vice and drug and al­co­hol ser­vices.

What is the Choir of Hope?

DP: It is open to any in­di­vid­ual who is strug­gling with self-ac­cep­tance and con­fi­dence, in­clud­ing those who have been in an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship. It meets at Wat­ton Sports Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day morn­ings in school term. We have not named the Daisy Pro­gramme founder at her re­quest to pro­tect her iden­tity.

“There will be fun­fair rides, food, a pro­ces­sion of lo­cal chil­dren’s groups and stalls sell­ing lovely home made things”

ABOVE: Tina Kid­dell, Mayor of Wat­ton

ABOVE: The Wat­ton Car­ni­val walk­ing pa­rade

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