survivors manchester

About Us

Survivors Manchester is a survivor-led/survivor-run voluntary organisation that aims to create and facilitate a safe space for male survivors of sexual abuse and rape to work through personal and sometimes painful issues. Our work is concentrated on empowering men to make their own positive life choices and begin their own unique journey of healing. Being in contact with other survivors allows one to feel less isolated; feel connected and break the silence and legacy of abuse.

We work with guys however they want us to, the important thing is that they are in control of their journey; with support they can work out what it is they need; and they can help themselves to become the person they really want to be and not what they think others want them to be and so begin a journey of supported discovery and self-healing.

In order to help and support Survivors create a safe space, Survivors Manchester is unable to work with or offer any assistance to sexual offending adults.

We fundamentally believe in working ethically and are committed to, and adhere to, working within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. A copy of the document can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking here.

We are also a member of The Survivors Trust – a national umbrella organisation for all voluntary services working with victims and survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse.

Mission Statement

“To break the silence of the sexual
abuse, rape and sexual exploitation of
boys and men in order to empower those
affected to defeat the legacy of abuse to
move towards positive futures”

Meet our team

Stakeholders

Survivors Manchester takes the views of male survivors seriously and since day one, has always ensured that male survivor voices have the ability to influence our work and the direction of travel. Our EAP (Expert Advisory Panel) is made up of a number of people who have either used the services or are currently using the services and give their opinions, advice and guidance on how we can continue to meet male survivors needs. The EAP meets bi-monthly and each panel member holds office for 1 year. Every 3 months, the EAP meets with the Chief Executive Officer to engage in discussion, debate and feedback on the organisation and recommendations are made that are then fed into the governance structure of the charity. The Chief Executive Officer is then responsible for making a timely response to each EAP recommendation and ensuring that a space is given at our annual conference for EAP presentation of their discussions that year.

Constitution

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As a company (Company No: 06811096) and registered charity (Charity No: 1144941), Survivors Manchester is constituted by a governing document known as the ‘Articles of Association’. Please click on the PDF to the left to download a copy.

Organisation Aims:

1

To promote and protect the good health of male survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation; alongside those affected by male sexual violation; across Greater Manchester and throughout England & Wales.

2

To provide evidence based therapeutic support services to male survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation; alongside those affected by male sexual violation; across Greater Manchester and throughout England & Wales.

3

To provide qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, specialist and general support workers to support and advise male survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation; ; alongside those affected by male sexual violation; across Greater Manchester and throughout England & Wales; on how to cope with and move beyond their unwanted sexual experiences.

4

To provide education, training and awareness raising campaigns around the issue of the sexual abuse and violation of males of all ages and backgrounds, whilst continuing to learn from our work and respond effectively to new knowledge and identified needs.

Confidentiality Statement:

Survivors Manchester has a strict confidentiality policy where any information that you give to the staff here will remain confidential within this service. This means that any information you give to us will not be passed on to anyone outside the organisation without your prior knowledge and permission. However, there may be rare occasions when we might have to break confidentiality in the interest of safety – such as, immediate risk to life or the welfare of a child – and we always aim to discuss this with you first, but this cannot be guaranteed.

We may keep written records of, and information regarding, users of this service and reasons for this will always be explained to you first. You have the right to see any information that pertains to you. Please feel free to ask if you wish to see your personal records.

We aim to achieve to create a safe and confidential space for all male survivors of sexual abuse and rape and are always more than happy to discuss any queries or concerns you may have.

Survivors Charter

This charter sets out your rights as a user of this service. We agree that you have the right to:

Be treated with respect.

Remain anonymous if you wish.

Be given information in plain language about services we provide.

Know that anything you discuss with a worker is confidential within the service.

See any files kept about you.

Be seen as quickly as possible.

Complain about the service. Tell us how to improve the service.

Not be the subject of research without your consent.

Not to provide any information which you do not wish to reveal.

Feedback: Compliments and Complaints

As an organisation, we truly believe in finding out what we do right and wrong. We try hard to get it right, but we know we can get it wrong and when we do we need to stand up and say so in order to learn from it. So if you have any feedback you can give us, whether thats in the form of a compliment or complaint, please do so by clicking here: Feedback, Compliments and Complaints.

Stakeholders & Fundraisers

Helpline: 0808 800 5005

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