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Funding to help support people affected by trauma hailed by north-east MSP

By Kyle Ritchie

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Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has welcomed funding of £1.6 million for local authorities to help deliver services that can support people affected by psychological trauma and adversity.

The money will allow local authorities to invest in training and staffing to enable public and third sector services – including health, education, justice and housing – to work in ways that understand, and support people affected by trauma.

The investment will also support involvement of people with lived experience of trauma in the design and delivery of services.

Sexual abuse, domestic abuse and childhood neglect are just some of the many different traumatic experiences which can have devastating and long-lasting effects on a person’s life, if left unsupported.

The award is part of the National Trauma Training Programme, led by NHS Education for Scotland, which supports the Scottish Government and COSLA’s aim for trauma-informed workforce and services across Scotland.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin.
Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin.

MS Martin said: “This funding will help support people impacted by trauma which we know can have a real and long-lasting impact.

“This has been brought in to sharp focus by the coronavirus pandemic particularly for those in frontline services who have done so much to serve the public.

“It is imperative we support wellbeing of everyone impacted by trauma and I know this funding will be very welcomed by Aberdeenshire Council and other local authorities.”

A Trauma Champions Network, consisting of senior leaders from local authorities, health boards, health and social care partnerships and other key community planning partners, is helping to progress trauma-informed practice in local areas and share learning across geographical and professional boundaries.

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