Walk for big is­sue

Ayrshire Post - - Festive Fayre -

A dog walk with a dif­fer­ence is be­ing staged this Satur­day in Rozelle Park.

It’s the cli­max of the White Rib­bon cam­paign to tackle vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren.

Vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse can be re­luc­tant to aban­don pets to an abu­sive part­ner when they de­cide to leave.

The walk, be­gin­ning 11am, will high­light pet fos­ter­ing ser­vices of­fered by the Dogs Trust Free­dom Project. “I sus­pect the ab­sence due to stress is not higher now that is has been in the past.

“But I sus­pect be­cause there is a greater aware­ness of men­tal health peo­ple are happy to be hon­est and say it is stress in­stead of flu.

“There is no em­bar­rass­ment about it and peo­ple are able to speak about it.”

The Irvine Val­ley coun­cil­lor, who sits on the com­mit­tee, added: “I think the coun­cil is a car­ing em­ployer. If some­one is ill with a stress re­lated ill­ness they are pre­pared to say so.”

The sec­ond most com­mon rea­son for ab­sence was for mus­culo or skele­tal prob­lems with 1,464 days lost.

The third most stated rea­son for peo­ple tak­ing sick leave was for med­i­cal op­er­a­tions or re­cov­ery - ac­count­ing for 1,216 days. Staff work­ing in the safer

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