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Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) 12 Month Maternity Cover

December 15th, 2016 by

Trust House Reading

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) 12 Month Maternity Cover

21 Hours per Week, Fixed Term contract

To be pro rata based on a full time salary of £24,531 per annum

Trust House Reading is looking for a committed individual with initiative and zeal to provide practical and emotional support to people affected by rape and sexual abuse in Berkshire and to support and develop the ISVA service at Trust House Reading. The ISVA role is to provide a pro-active support service in a multi-agency framework, focussing on victims of rape and sexual abuse and those at high risk in order to keep them safe and promote recovery. You will work with victims in partnership with other agencies to ensure effective outcomes and monitor the care pathway through the criminal Justice system.

For an application pack email [email protected]  Or call Naomi on 01788 550554

CV’s will not be accepted

Closing Date: Wednesday 11th January 2017

Interview Date: 19th January 2017


September 27th, 2016 by

We are recruiting again for more helpline volunteers to allow us to extend our opening hours and be able to offer support when callers need us. We’re looking for volunteers to give just a few hours a week to volunteer on our confidential helpline.
You’ll be offering telephone support, signposting and referring callers to our other services. Full training and ongoing support will be given. We need people who are caring, good communicators and who are organised as there will be some admin duties linked to the role.
If you’re interested in the role then we’d love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and we will send you a role description and an application form.

Sexual health event 2016

July 26th, 2016 by

Elephant in the room

Trust House Reading are proud to organise in association with West Berkshire Council the Sexual Health Event in Northbrook Street, Newbury on Friday 12th August 2016 (12.00 – 16.00)

The event forms part of our annual awareness-raising campaign “The Elephant in the Room” which aims to challenge individuals, communities and society at large to start communicating about rape and sexual abuse. A topic that everyone is aware of but no one wants to talk about as it’s too uncomfortable or considered taboo.

Ask any survivor of sexual violence and abuse about living with “the elephant in the room” and they will understand exactly the dreadful burden of living day to day with the impact of their victimisation.

Victims of rape and sexual violence don’t ask to be raped, assaulted or abused and many find they are left to cope with the pain on their own.

It is never the victim’s fault

In their hearts, victims and survivors find this difficult to believe and very often society reinforces this belief with punishing attitudes and myths.

Our vision:

  • To challenge the status quo of communication that exists around rape and sexual violence.
  • To create an awareness of the taboo around talking about rape and sexual abuse.
  • To empower and encourage survivors to speak out and seek help.
  • To involve the community in acknowledging the needs of victims of rape and sexual abuse.

Namita Prakash, Service Manager at Trust House Reading, said: “We are looking forward to the awareness day. It is an opportunity to reach out to people who need critical support from our specialist services and to break the silence around rape and sexual abuse. I would like to invite everyone to come and make it a big success. ”

Please join us at our stall in Northbrook Street, Newbury on Friday 12th August to help us to raise awareness of the issue of sexual violence, to provide information and to talk to the public about the specialist services we offer at Trust House Reading.

There will also be a confidential health clinic for young people at The Waterside Centre, Newbury.

For more information please contact Namita Prakash, Service Manager, Trust House Reading on: 07791 567155 or [email protected]

Volunteers’ Week 2016

June 1st, 2016 by

It’s Volunteers’ Week 2016 and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who make it possible for us to provide our specialist services. Trust House Reading would not be able to help the women, men and children living in Berkshire affected by rape or sexual abuse without the hard work and commitment of our volunteers. We really appreciate everything you do. THANK YOU!



Looking for Volunteer Counsellors and Play Therapists for our CYP Services

May 19th, 2016 by

Our CYP Services continue to grow! With an ever-increasing demand for this specialist service, Trust House Reading are looking for Volunteer Counsellors and Volunteer Play Therapists to work with children and / or young people who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse. If you would like to find out more about these roles then please email us at [email protected] We would be happy to send you a role description and an application form and answer any questions you might have about volunteering with us.

Thank you to Reading RAG!

May 19th, 2016 by

Trust House Reading was very fortunate to be chosen as one of Reading RAG’s (@readingrag) chosen charities for 2015/2016. Our Service Manager, Namita Prakash attended the cheque handover event last night at the University of Reading and we’re delighted to announce that they raised £3238.33 for Trust House Reading!
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the variety of fundraising events they organised such as posing for a calendar, getting lost in Warwick or consuming A LOT of doughnuts! We are extremely grateful for your generosity and this money will make a huge difference to the continuation of our services – offering specialist support to women, men and children who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse.

Helpline volunteers needed!

May 10th, 2016 by

Trust House Reading provides a confidential helpline service to victims/survivors of rape and sexual abuse aged 18 or above.

Helpline volunteers are a key part of this service, and we value their contribution. Helpline volunteers aim to support victims/survivors of rape and sexual abuse by providing a safe space to talk and share their feelings and needs; by providing information and signposting to other relevant organisations/services; and by referring the clients to Trust House Reading’s different services.

◦ To maintain confidentiality at all times.
◦ To arrive 15 minutes prior to lines being open to carry out office duties.
◦ Take calls on the telephone helpline during the 4-hour shift.
◦ Fill in detailed call logs for every telephone call.
◦ Attend a mandatory supervision session every month.
◦ Be willing to use their own initiative.

◦ To have good verbal, listening and communication skills.
◦ To be caring and non-judgemental.
◦ To be reliable, punctual and trustworthy.
◦ Strong time-management skills.
◦ No previous helpline experience necessary.
◦ To believe in Trust House Reading values: supportive, non-judgemental, professional, respectful.
◦ Able to cope under pressure.
◦ To adhere to confidentiality and code of conduct policies.
◦ To participate in on-going training and supervision.
◦ If a survivor of rape or sexual abuse – to have worked through the personal healing process. Not essential but desirable.
◦ Experience of working with Trust House Reading or other sexual abuse related voluntary services. Not essential but desirable.


We offer all of our helpline volunteers comprehensive, in-house training, on-going support and supervision and travel expenses. If you are interested in applying for this role or would like to find out more, please email [email protected] and we can send you a role description and an application form.

The Body Keeps the Score: training by Christiane Sanderson

January 20th, 2016 by

Wednesday 9th March, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Hotel Novotel Reading Centre – 25b Friar Street Reading RG1 1DP

Organised by Trust House ReadingThe Body Keeps the Score: Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse and Complex Trauma – Christiane Sanderson

Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse can raise many challenges for professionals. This workshop will explore the impact of childhood sexual abuse within a complex trauma framework and highlight some of the specific difficulties faced by survivors such as trauma responses, shame, traumatic bonding and fear of intimacy and relationships.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding the impact of childhood sexual abuse and how to work with survivors using the principles of safe trauma therapy to aid their work with survivors CSA. To this effect grounding techniques to restore internal control will be explored, alongside how to manage trauma symptoms, shame and relational difficulties and how to restore reality. Particular attention will also be placed on how working with survivors of CSA impacts on professionals and the importance of therapist self care to minimise vicarious traumatisation and secondary traumatic stress.

Christiane Sanderson BSc.; MSc is an experienced counselling psychologist, lecturer and trainer in psychology and counselling, with a particular interest in child protection, interpersonal abuse and trauma.  She is a senior lecturer in psychology at Roehampton University and consultant and trainer to both statutory and voluntary agencies, as well as a practitioner with 25 years experience working with survivors of CSA. 

Tickets cost £55

If you are interested in attending, please contact Michelle on [email protected] or 0118 9502835


Volunteer Training at THR

January 19th, 2016 by

We are recruiting for the following volunteer roles for our next round of training:

  • Helpline Volunteer
  • Counselling Volunteers for Adults
  • Counselling Volunteers for Children and Young People
  • Play Therapy Volunteers

For more information contact Michelle on [email protected]

Our CEO, Fay Maxted, Awarded an OBE

December 22nd, 2015 by

We’re proud to announce that on Tuesday 6th October our CEO, Fay Maxted, was presented with an OBE (Officer of the most excellent Order of the British Empire) in recognition of her “services to survivors and victims of rape and sexual violence”

Fay Maxted is presented with an OBE

Fay has been CEO of The Survivors Trust since 2004. Fay serves on the National Police Chief Council for Rape (Response) Working Group; she is also on the Panel for the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the family environment and last July, she was also appointed to the V&SCP (Victims & Survivors Consultative Panel) of the independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse headed by Justice Lowell Goddard DNZM, QC.

Fay Maxted OBE said: “As a survivor myself, it is quite something to go from feeling so ashamed at what I had experienced, to being at Buckingham Palace in this highest symbol of honour. I hope this can speak to every single survivor of rape & sexual violence / abuse and communicate that, while your life will never be the same, it need not be over.”

Congratulations Fay!


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