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
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