UK SAYS NO MORE’s Safe Spaces scheme with pharmacies across the UK has won a high commendation for the Third Sector Awards.
The scheme was nominated in the Corporate Partnership of the Year category at this year’s ceremony.
UK SAYS NO MORE partnered with the General Pharmaceutical Council on Safe Spaces.
Safe Spaces were created in response to concerning reports of a rise in domestic abuse as the UK went into Covid-19 lockdown.
Boots, Superdrug and Morrisons pharmacies, as well as more than 100 independent pharmacies across the country, opened up Safe Spaces in their consultation rooms for victims of domestic abuse to access support.
One in four pharmacies in the UK are Safe Spaces
This year, many victims of domestic abuse have been forced to isolate at home with an abusive partner. Pharmacies are one of the few places where, particularly during the initial lockdown, they might have been able to go to safely find support.
When victims ask to use the Safe Spaces, they are shown to the consultation room and presented with contact details of national helplines and local specialist support services. They can also use the space to phone a loved one or just collect their thoughts.
Safe Spaces are remaining open throughout the country regardless of whether an area is in tier 1, 2 or 3 of lockdown.
One in four pharmacies are now Safe Spaces.
This year’s Third Sector Awards ceremony was held virtually for the first time ever.