Service Director Blog: Your Raise Me Up

20.10.13 | Blog

Duncan Craig - Survivors ManchesterAs the Autumn nights draw in (I don’t even know what that actually means) it kind of becomes the season to find things to do… so this month I’m going to tell you about a few things you could do and in the process help us raise some pennies that will go direct to providing counselling, psychotherapy and emotional support to our service users.


Those wonderful folks at Taurus Bar, situated at the top of Manchester’s famous Canal Street, are going all ‘bright lights city’ and holding a Vegas-style evening of delicious food and smooth entertainment, all hosted by the fabulous Miss Bille Jean. We’ve created a news page with all the details which you can see by clicking here.
This fantastic event will take place on 7 November and tickets are a steal at £25. Click here and book now! Places are limited.


The 19 November is International Men’s Day and this year the theme is Keeping Men and Boys Safe. To mark this day we are asking anyone and everyone to undertake a sponsored silence – “being silent so the boys and men who who have experienced sexual abuse and rape no longer have to be”.
We have created a Toolkit which provides you with all the necessary tools to undertake this challenge and in the process raise a few pennies that will help us provide counselling, psychotherapy and emotional support to male survivors of sexual abuse and rape.
For more information or to receive a pack via email, please contact


I am delighted to welcome two new members of the Survivors Manchester team, Amy Watson and Chris Speed.
Amy is already making a huge impact and is the brains behind the sponsored silence event. She is working hard at figuring out ways to raise money and get our message out there, helping to truly make it easier for boys and men to #breakthesilence. If you want to get involved and become a fundraising volunteer, please contact
Chris has fast become central to the smooth running of the office and has been busy gathering data to help us prove just how much of an impact our work is having on the lives of boys and men. In the next month, Chris will be taking charge of our involvement with the Star programme, which aims to provide voluntary sector organisations with quality standard mark.


and finally… we are over the moon that our newest project, Safer Streets outreach project, has been nominated for a Compact Award 2013, winners announced on 6 November during Compact Week 2013.
Safer Streets is a co-produced initiative between Survivors Manchester, Mancunian Way and The Men’s Room that undertakes evening street outreach sessions twice per week with the aim of engaging with young men at risk of sexual exploitation and tackling CSE. We have already made some important interventions working with our colleagues at Greater Manchester Police and hope to do many more. There is never an excuse for sexual abuse!
As founder and Service Director of Survivors Manchester, I am so proud of the work we are undertaking at the moment, much of it not funded and is reliant on the goodwill of our volunteers and partners. I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank The Men’s Room Project Director, Hayley, Mancunian Way CEO, Nick, for having the faith to come together and start Safer Streets. How much has it been worth it!
Everyday I get to work with and meet some incredible heroes, many of which don’t even realise they are. Be another hero and help us help. Its a cliche but every penny really does count.
As always, if you know someone wanting support, you can call us at 0161 236 2182 or email
Until next time
Duncan Craig
Service Director


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