Queen Camilla continued her royal duties on Thursday as King Charles is awaiting treatment for an enlarged prostate. According to palace, the Queen opened a new ‘Safe Space’ at Aberdeen Art Gallery, which will provide help and support from specially trained staff to people who are personally suffering or suspect someone may be living with domestic abuse.
The new Safe Space at the Gallery will be staffed by people who have received additional training on mental health awareness and domestic abuse. It will be an area that can be used to seek help, or simply to reflect and remember.
During her visit, in the ‘Art of Empowerment’ Gallery, the Queen met the team who have been trained to obtain the venue’s ‘Safe Space’ status.
Camilla, as Duchess of Cornwall, became Patron of the UK charity, SafeLives, in 2020, after the first national lockdown. She supported the Reach In campaign, encouraging communities to ‘reach in’ to victims of abuse at that difficult time. It remains one of SafeLives’ most viewed campaigns. During the visit, Camilla met representatives from SafeLives Scotland, who discussed lived experiences.
In other news – Sierra Leone allows treason charged ex-president Koroma to leave the country
A former Sierra Leonean president has been granted permission to travel abroad on medical grounds despite facing treason charges. The High Court ruling comes amid speculation that Ernest Bai Koroma has agreed to go into exile in Nigeria if charges against him were dropped.
He was accused of treason and other offenses over a failed coup last November, in which some 20 people died. Mr Koroma, who ruled between 2007 and 2018, denies these allegations. A court order seen by the BBC on Wednesday shows Mr Koroma is allowed to travel to Nigeria for medical reasons. Read more