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Chief Executive Blog: August 2014

17.08.14 | Blog

Duncan CraigI hope that you all have been having a good summer, lets hope the weather settles and we have a nice warm transition into Autumn.
We’ve been as busy as ever here at Survivors Manchester, offering our support services to more and more men than ever – literally! We have received more referrals and undertook more assessments for support in this first half of the year than at any other time. As the demand for support rises, we need to continue to look at what we’re doing to meet the needs and adapt where possible.
Since my last ramblings in June, theres been a number of developments here and I’m so delighted to be able to tell you all about it.
To start with, the Manchester contingency of Simply Health awarded us a grant that will help us deliver our very first ‘drop in’ for a whole year! We are so grateful to them and are currently busy setting everything up. The aim of the drop in is to give those that just want to find out what we do an opportunity to without having to make an appointment, whilst those that are already engaged in our services can drop by to stay in touch. Look out for details over the next month when we will be announcing the venue, times and dates.
The big news is that thanks to Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, via the Ministry of Justice, we have secured a grant that has enabled us to not only employ a male Criminal Justice Worker who takes the role of the first male specific ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor); recruit a Admin Intern; and deliver our three workshops in every single local authority area in Greater Manchester! We are so grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner for this award and cannot wait to get out and about on our Workshop Tour 2014/15 (details will be announced once we’ve confirmed dates and venues).
Having the funds to develop the male Criminal Justice Worker has been a dream for us for a long time, so to have the dream realised is phenomenal. The main aim of the role is to help male survivors enter, navigate, and exit the criminal justice process with the minimum amount of distress. This entails helping someone to report to the police when they want to; being the main point of contact for the individual and Police, CPS, etc; being there throughout court; and supporting them afterwards. Ian, our new Criminal Justice Worker has already taken up his post and is already helping 7 guys.
Supporting the administration of the role and support is our brand new Admin Intern, Keith, who has been a volunteer with us for quite a while. Keith is just finishing off his page so look out for it being published in the next few weeks.
I’ve also been busy contacting the Clinical Commissioning Groups across Greater Manchester with a copy of our SROI and an enquiry into the provision of mental health and therapy services to male survivors. I’m currently waiting to hear back from Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan to find out what their plans are.
We’re continuing to work closely with Manchester’s CCGs and are in conversations with Oldham about the possibility of providing support to male survivors in their area.
I have also been to London a few times to see my colleagues from Survivors UK and Mankind and we’re working hard on developing a co-operated response to male sexual violation across the UK, including meeting with the Ministry of Justice to help develop further the male rape support fund.
The work with Hollyoaks continues and for avid viewers, you’ll know that Ste now nows who raped John Paul but will Finn confess? Keep watching! It’s been amazing to work on the show for the past year and I cannot wait to see what the public think of where the story goes. The show, the story and the cast involved have be showered with award nominations and they well and truly deserve to win!
We have been nominated too for a few different awards, which is amazing and as part of the Spirit of Manchester Awards Festival (we have been nominated for Best Campaign), we are hosting a exhibition on 22-23 September at Virgin Lounge on King Street. The boys at Jam Creative are busy beavering away in their studio now preparing the work for display, the majority of which will come from our Survivors Guide. We will be announcing further details in the new section and on social media asap.
Our Safer Streets project has also just been shortlisted for a No Offence Award in the category of Partnerships, along with Mancunian Way and The Men’s Room.
Keep your fingers crossed!
Over the next two months we are overhauling our website too, particularly updating the information on it so if you have anything you would like us to consider adding, please get in touch at info@survivorsmanchester.org.uk
So before this becomes far too long, I’ll sign off and save some gems for the newsletter (if your not signed up then why not! Click here to join).
Warmest wishes as ever
Duncan Craig
Chief Executive Officer

SURVIVORS MANCHESTER

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