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Sue Cuffe: Trustee

Assistant Director of Children’s Services for Barnardo’s West Region

Sue has over thirty years experience of working with children and young people who have experienced abuse and who are seeking help to recover and to build a strong and resilient future for themselves. Sue is a qualified social worker and has worked in both the statutory and voluntary sector. She has been a manager in the voluntary sector since 2000 and is passionate about the contribution that the charities can bring to support those most in need.

Why did you choose to become a board member of Survivors Manchester?

I have had the pleasure of working with Duncan on a number of projects over the past few years. I have seen the impact that Survivors Manchester has made in both the local and national picture and also witnessed the passion for ensuring that male survivors have their voices heard and get the help and support that they need.

I know from my day job that it is often extremely difficult for female survivors to get what they need when they need it. However, this is so much more difficult for male survivors and that is why we need an organisation like Survivors Manchester.

What would you like to see Survivors Manchester do in Manchester?

I would like to see the organisation grow and to be able to offer more to residents across the whole of Greater Manchester.

Do you have a message for Greater Manchester residents?

Do not assume that sexual abuse or assault happens in a world not connected to yours. You will all know someone who has been affected- show them compassion and support them to seek help.

What’s your favourite thing about Manchester?

Mancunians! This is my home city and I love its diversity, swagger and sense of humour.

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