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Council domestic abuse project wins national award

Surrey County Council has won a national award for the work its libraries are doing to support vulnerable people.

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has recognised the library service for an initiative to help people affected by domestic abuse.

The free scheme gives access to computers in a safe place so abusers cannot monitor or track them. Information about local and national services is also available and workshops are held to build the confidence of people who have experienced abuse.

A press release about the Libraries Change Lives Award is on CILIP’s website.

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council Cabinet member for Community Services said: “This award recognises the excellent work our library teams do to help vulnerable people get the support they need to stay safe.

“Victims lose their self-esteem and confidence, becoming isolated and even more vulnerable, and it is vital that they know they’re not alone and can call on emotional and practical help, whether it’s through our libraries, one of Surrey’s excellent outreach services or the county’s 24-hour helpline.”

More details about the initiative and further information about domestic abuse can be found on the county council’s website.

Contact numbers:

  • East Surrey Outreach Service – 01737 771350 (serving Reigate and Banstead, Mole Valley and Tandridge.
  • Your Sanctuary Domestic Abuse Outreach Service – 24-hour helpline 01483 776822 (Woking, Runnymede and Surrey Heath).
  • North Surrey Outreach Service – 01932 260690 (Epsom and Ewell, Elmbridge, and Spelthorne).
  • South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach Service – 01483 577392 (Guildford and Waverley).

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