Survivors Manchester has many stakeholders, from those that fund our work to those that use our services. Male survivors have to be at the heart of our organisation and we have always tried to ensure that we respond to the needs of male survivors and their loved ones in the best way possible but we haven’t always got it right. Whilst we’ve always taken the view to listen, sometimes we’ve got distracted and missed the point of what’s being said. However, we always try to learn from our mistakes and that means constant listening and that takes time and effort.
Which is why our Expert Advisory Council (EAC), an evolution of our original service user group – Expert Advisory Panel, is so important to the present and future of the organisation.
The EAC is made up of a group of past and present service users, representing the widest possible spread of demographics, the broadest lived experience of sexual abuse trauma, and vast of experiences of engaging in our services; all to give the Management and Trustees the best possible understanding of how effective we are in meeting the needs of those we serve.
Council members serve a term of one year, with both co-chair’s serving a term of two years, but can be re-elected by the council for no more than three terms of office.
The EAC meet every 6 weeks to discuss their views of the organisation, the services its delivering, and the current opinions by council members on the needs of male survivors in Greater Manchester and beyond. The Chief Executive Officer and Operations Director take it in turns, on an alternating basis, to join the meeting to provide information to the council on the numbers of survivors using the services and any key developments or events/campaigns from the organisation.
The purpose of the Council meetings is to share knowledge and create a feedback loop between the two parties to create one bigger plan.
An engagement event is held every 3 months, hosted by the council, which is open to any individual accessing the services as a way to ensure that we share all our knowledge widely.
If you are interested in becoming part of this exciting feedback loop, then drop us a line by clicking here.