Events to tackle VAWG in Wandsworth

Find out what is happening in our borough to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG).

White Ribbon events

As a White Ribbon accredited organisation, we are committed to encouraging allyship within the borough. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls is on 25 November every year, and this marks the start of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, so keep an eye out for our annual calendar of events and training.

In Wandsworth, we organise torch parades and walks to show solidarity with women throughout the year. The walks and torch parades aim to encourage residents to make a stand and call out abusive behaviour.

Check these pages regularly to see when the next White Ribbon walk in your area is being held.

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Walk and talks

The Met Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams organise regular ‘walks and talks’ with female residents to give local women the opportunity to discuss issues around women’s safety. This initiative is supported by our Community Safety Team. 

Officers can offer advice and support, while hearing from you on what needs to be done to help women feel safer. You can sign up to Wandsworth Police’s events page for notification of your next local walk and talk. Walks are also promoted on local police Twitter accounts.

Tooting Market to Tooting Bec Common

A walk and talk will be taking place on Wednesday 5 June 2024 from Tooting Market to Tooting Bec Common.

The walk will start at 6pm at Tooting Market and finish at Tooting Bec Common Café at approximately 6.45 to 7pm.

The walk is open to women aged 18 and above, living or working in London.

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Training

VAWG training events taking place throughout the year.

Bystander training

Have you ever witnessed an incident in the street, at work, or on public transport and wished you had known what to do without compromising yours or anyone else’s safety? Throughout 2024, we are delivering regular Bystander Training sessions which everyone is welcome to sign up for.  

We are also offering further Bystander Training sessions either online or in person for local organisations, businesses, community groups, places of learning or sports teams to support everyone in gaining the tools to make a difference in our local community.

Sign up for the free Bystander Training sessions we are delivering online via Microsoft Teams:

If your organisation or community group is interested in receiving Bystander Training, please email Kira Evans, VAWG Community Safety Officer for Wandsworth, at kira.evans@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk, to discuss your needs.

If you have any other training needs related to VAWG, please reach out to discuss your requirements, as we may be able to assist. 

Safe Space Wandsworth

If you’re feeling vulnerable around the Clapham Junction area on your night out, visit Safe Space Wandsworth for signposting, support or simply company while you wait to get home.

Find it:

  • Days: Every Friday
  • Time: 8 to 11pm
  • Location: the white gazebo outside of the St John’s Hill exit of Clapham Junction Rail Station, outside Starbucks. See on a map

One Stop Shops

The One Stop Shops in Wandsworth are the borough’s weekly drop-in service offering free, discrete support, advice and information concerning domestic abuse, stalking and sexual violence. No appointment is necessary.

Find your nearest One Stop Shop:

Battersea One Stop Shop:

  • When: Every Monday (excluding bank holidays)
  • Time: 10am to 12 noon
  • Location: St. Mark’s, Battersea Rise, SW11 1EJ (entrance on Boutflower Road) - see map for Battersea One Stop Shop

Roehampton One Stop Shop:

The Roehampton One Stop Shop is no longer based in Citizens Advice.

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VAWG Community Forum

In partnership with Richmond Council, organisations working to tackle VAWG are invited to a forum aimed at sharing ideas, collaborating, and ensuring there is a strong coordinated response across the system that supports women and girls at risk of abuse and violence.

Our forums happen quarterly, in person, alternating between Wandsworth and Richmond venues. These meetings offer a great opportunity for networking, shared learning, and collaboration to tackle VAWG in our local communities.

Next forum:

  • Date: Thursday 26 September 2024
  • Time: 10am to 12.30pm
  • Location: Richmond - location TBC

If you are an organisation and would like to join the VAWG Community forum, please email Kira Evans, VAWG Community Safety Officer for Wandsworth, at kira.evans@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk.