A message from Duncan

30.03.20 | Blog

We’ll get through this, after all, we’re survivors!

I keep saying this and it’s not to simply try and cheer people up, but because I 100% believe it’s the truth – we will.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) pandemic I have been talking with our Trustees, funders, the staff and some of the people that use our services to make sure that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we help the country’s effort to reduce the infection and continue to support those in need.

It’s been important to me as the Chief Executive of Survivors Manchester to ensure we commute clearly and effectively to all our stakeholders, including those that fund our services, our amazing staff team, and those that use our services. I hope that we have been getting that right but if there is something else you think we could be doing, then click here and add in your comments, I’d very much welcome your feedback.

So in keeping with clear communication, I wanted to be able to speak to you direct and try and give you an understanding of how Survivors Manchester will operate in the current climate. Let me be clear here, I said WILL operate because we’re not closing, just operating from a new ‘remote’ location.

Following NHS England / Public Health and the Government advice, we have temporarily closed the doors on our centre for all face to face appointments. At present, its hard to say how long for but I can assure you that we will keep you up to date through our social media channels and you’re therapist / ISVA will also let you know.

I genuinely don’t want you to worry that means you wont be able to get support from us because it doesn’t, it just means that the support we provide looks a bit different for the time being. Let me give you a run down of what we’re doing:

Drop In / Community Engagement Events

We’re building a complete programme of events, activities, and online check in points that male survivors can join in on or just observe. Make sure you are following our Twitter @SurvivorsMcr, Facebook /SurvivorsMcr and get involved.

The Safe Room

We’ve moved The Safe Room to a ‘virtual’ room that Jeff will host on the same day and same time that people normally attend; and will provide each Safe Room member with passcode to access the room.

ISVA Service

Our ISVA team, Daniel and Gayna, will continue to work with you via telephone or video conferencing, which is secure and remains confidential. If you have any queries, you can call your ISVA or email

Therapy Services

Our therapy team (Ross, Carl, Richard, Allison, Marcia, Billie, Stuart, Simon, Subo, Trevor) will continue to offer therapy appointments, using telephone or video conferencing facilities. We understand that for some people this will be fine but for others this might create a bunch of issues for you, don’t worry, we can work them out together. If you have any queries, please email your therapist or if you don’t have their address, use and your message will be forwarded to them. Alternatively, call 0161 236 2182 and Ross and Carl will be able to take a message and pass it on.

New Referrals

If you want to start accessing support, that’s no problem, the current situation isn’t stopping us from supporting new people to our service. Just call Carl or Ross on 0161 236 2182 who take your details then arrange a time to call you for a telephone assessment, which usually takes about an hour.

Please Don’t Panic

These are strange times, there’s no disputing that, but we will get through this. Our work has focused on supporting individuals to #BreakTheSilence and come out of isolation and I was reflecting the other day that the country is asking you to go into isolation but lets be clear, social distancing isn’t about being silent or disconnected. You deserve better, WE AS MALE SURVIVORS deserve better. So think about it as physical distancing and a new way of being social. If you need something specific, ask us, lets work it out together.

So whilst we’re all protecting our health and the health of those we walk in between, lets continue to find new ways to #BreakTheSilence.

You’re all in my thoughts and I assure you, in the thoughts of our team.

Duncan x  

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