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Seminar on Ensuring Support for Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse

October 28th, 2016 by

ENSURING SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS OF RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE: EVERYONE IS NEEDED

Trust House Reading, The Survivors Trust and Holy Brook Associates present a seminar to share best practice, discuss good practice and consider how we can work together to ensure support for survivors.

30th November 2016

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

At a time of austerity, a new Prime Minister and political uncertainty following the European referendum, it is vital that we keep the focus on the best local approaches to supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse.  Join national figures and local experts in discussing how we can work together to deliver this. We’ll hear from key speakers and collaborate using the tried and tested approach of workshops and discussion and by using new online collaboration tools and social media to make this event accessible to as many people as possible.

Speakers will include:

  • Fay Maxted, OBE, Chief Executive of the Survivors Trust
  • DCI Justin Fletcher, Detective Chief Inspector, Crime & PVP Strategy, Thames Valley Police
  • Dr Jennifer Wallis, Lead Specialist CAMH – Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Wendy Walker, Policy Development Officer – Partnerships & Commissioning, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley
  • Rebecca Flynn, Service Manager, Safeguarding Adults Team (SAT)


What you will get from attending this seminar:

  • A broader understanding and perspectives about improving support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse gained from the speakers and your fellow delegates.
  • Practical ideas to implement and share with your colleagues.
  • Facilitated networking opportunities with your fellow participants.
  • Access to an online collaboration forum, both before and after the event, to further develop ideas and connections.
  • Post-event report that summarises presentations, key discussion themes and any specific outputs agreed on the day.

For more information and details of prices, please go to:

https://holybrook-associates.co.uk/events/survivors301116/

 

 

HELPLINE VOLUNTEERS DESPERATELY NEEDED!

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.

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!

TST funded to set up new rape support centres in Reading & Berkshire and Central Lancashire

February 23rd, 2013 by

The Survivors Trust is delighted to have been awarded funding to set up two new rape support centres – one to be based in Reading & Berkshire and one to be based in Central Lancashire.

Reading & Berkshire Rape Support Centre

The new rape support centre will be developing its services over the next three years to offer specialist counselling, support and advocacy to women, men, young people and children who have been raped or sexually abused either recently or in the past.

Reading and Berkshire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre will offer a helpline, specialist sexual violence counselling, emotional and practical support for anyone whose life has been affected by rape or sexual abuse at any time.  It is anticipated that the centre will be launched in January 2014.

Namita Prakash, Regional Development Manager for The Survivors Trust, says:

In Reading and Berkshire there are no specialist third sector providers of counselling, help and support services to victims/survivors of rape and sexual abuse.  Many victims have been unable to find help and support at their time of need and many have continued to suffer alone and in silence.   I am looking forward to working with partner agencies and developing new working relationships to establish a survivor focused, comprehensive and responsive service, based in Reading and working across Berkshire.

Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods and Housing, Rachel Eden, said:

I think we are all delighted that meetings, campaigning and events we’ve been doing over the last 18 months, led by Sinaed, has resulted in this funding announcement. This will be a centre that works with the SARC in Slough as well as providing the longer term counselling and practical support that survivors will need. I’m particularly pleased that this service will be open to anyone, regardless of age or gender.

Sinaed Gibson, Community Activist, said:

It has been great to see the community come together to support the campaign, and equally that our voices have been heard and that everyone’s been willing to work together to get this much needed service which will benefit many in Berkshire.

Immediate plans for establishing the new centre involve securing appropriate premises in Reading, recruiting and training staff and volunteers.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the new centre for Reading & Berkshire, its services and development, please contact Namita Prakash on 07791 567155 or email [email protected] for more information.

Central Lancashire Rape Support Centre

Central Lancashire is an area particularly lacking in specialist sexual support for victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

The new rape support centre will be developing its services over the next three years to offer specialist counselling, support and advocacy to women, men, young people and children who have been raped or sexually abused either recently or in the past.

Central Lancashire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre will offer a helpline, specialist sexual violence counselling, emotional and practical support for anyone whose life has been affected by rape or sexual abuse at any time. It is anticipated that the centre will be launched in January 2014.

Sue James, Regional Development Manager for The Survivors Trust, says:

Many people in the Central Lancashire area have reported to me that there is a dire lack of specialist rape and sexual abuse support services in the area. Many victims have been unable to find help and support at their time of need and many have continued to suffer alone and in silence. I am looking forward to working with partner agencies and developing new working relationships to establish a survivor focused, comprehensive and responsive service, based in Preston and working across Central Lancashire.

Immediate plans for establishing the new centre involve securing appropriate premises in Preston, recruiting and training staff and volunteers. Anyone interested in finding out more about the new centre, its services and development, please contact Sue James on 07791 592 531 or email [email protected] for more information.

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