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Posted by: In: News 15 Oct 2014

Donation tinSouth Gloucestershire Council are reviewing their Community Safety and Anti-social Behaviour team due to budget cuts of approximately 26%.

The consultation could have serious implications for domestic abuse services in our area, as two of the options to cut spending are reducing or cutting refuge space entirely, and cutting the community safety team that supports the sector.

Refuges are vital and help women and children escape, cope and rebuild their lives following domestic abuse. We need more refuges, not less or none! Refuges save lives. Two women a week are killed by a current or former male partner. This figure would definitely be higher without our refuges and without the MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) system, which supports women at high risk of death or violence and is funded by the support to tackle domestic abuse stream also under threat.

The detail:

Funding of domestic abuse refuge (potential saving up to £162,188)

There are four options under consideration ranging from ceasing all funding for domestic violence refuge places, reducing the number of refuge places or continuing funding at the current level and finding savings from elsewhere.

Support to tackle domestic abuse (potential saving up to £81,346 staff, £37,879 supported services)

There are two options under consideration; continue to maintain funding at the present level or cease funding of support to tackle domestic abuse. This funding also supports other community safety initiatives as required.

Take a look at the consultation here: https://consultations.southglos.gov.uk/consult.ti/CSPCommunitySafetyASB/consultationHome

This is something we obviously feel very strongly about. We have until December 5th to feedback on the consultation either through their survey or by email.

The survey is here: http://hosted.southglos.gov.uk/snap/asb/sncspcommunitysafetyasb.htm

Alternatively you can email them your views at consultation@southglos.gov.uk

Please can you our supporters, friends, former service users, anyone who feels strongly about domestic abuse lend us your voice…

Let the council know your views and how much we need refuges and other services for domestic abuse.

Posted by: In: News 16 Jul 2014

Take a look at what one of our lovely supporters made for us for our 40th birthday following our celebrations last week. Thank you!

40th anniversary patchwork hanging

Thanks again to all who attended the big bash and to those who told their powerful stories. Whether people were telling their own story of their experiences, or why they are a supporter of ours, everyone spoke from the heart to make it a real celebration of our work over the years.

We were delighted to be joined by Brenda Bishop, our founder, who received a lifetime achievement award at the event.

We’ve had some great feedback from lots of people, so thought we’d share a couple of comments.

“It was amazing; inspiring, emotional, painful and uplifting in equal measure and completely humbling – thank you so much for the invitation.” Supporter

“Just to say how delighted I was to be invited to the event last night and very privileged to join the celebration of all Survive has achieved. It was really enjoyable and, at times, extremely moving, as Survive events always are.” Supporter

“If I said I had a lovely time, it wouldn’t really encompass the emotional range of the evening(!) but it was amazing.” Supporter

40 years of Survivors

Posted by: In: News 08 Apr 2014

charity auction

Have you ever fancied a ride along in a marked police car? Maybe you would prefer something signed by your favourite celebrity? Or 2 tickets to see Bristol Rovers play? All of these and plenty more lots can be bid for at the upcoming Silent Auction.

Richard Hatton, MD of Adjust Procurement Solutions and long-standing Survive supporter has kindly offered his services again and is organising another Silent Auction to raise funds for us for the third year in a row!

When: Friday 9th May 2014 at 7.30pm

Where: Bristol Golf Club, St. Swithins Park, Blackhorse Hill, Almondsbury, Bristol BS10 7TP

Entry costs: £6 (including a Ploughman’s supper)

Come and join us and see what you come away with; it promises to be fun evening. You will be helping to transform the lives of women and children towards freedom from domestic abuse.

You can view the growing list of lots here:  FINAL LOT LIST and Bidding Instructions

To purchase tickets, please contact Survive on info@survivedv.org.uk  or 0117 961 3065.

Posted by: In: News 03 Apr 2014

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At the end of last month we went to visit Gloucester Road WI and were presented with a cheque from the sales of their cookbook. They raised a massive £8000 for Survive! We want to thank everyone involved and all those who supported the project.

Gillian Carson, Sustainability Manager at Survive said:

This project has exceeded our expectations bringing us both some great publicity and much needed funding to support the recovery of women from domestic abuse. We would like to thank you for all your hard work and for raising such a great amount for Survive. We would not be able to help so many without the support of groups like yourselves. As you know the money will be going towards our Freedom Programme, our group work programme for women who have experienced domestic abuse. It is a very valued part of pathway to recovery and supports women to recognise potential future abusers and recognise the effects of domestic abuse on their children. The programme also supports women to help each other and form a network of support; isolation is often a part of domestic abuse.

 

glos road cheque presentation 2 resizedThe Freedom programme really does transform lives. Here are some quotes from recent participants:

“I have only been attending this group for 4 weeks, but I already feel an improvement in myself. Knowledge and understanding is power! It’s great to feel safe in a group of women who’ve experienced a similar environment and not feel isolated.”

“Since coming to the group I’ve had more of an understanding of what should be ‘normal’ in a relationship. I was completely oblivious to things that could happen and now I see relationships in a whole new light.”

This group is fantastic and has really helped me with confidence and esteem issues and has given me courage and strength that I have made the right choice in life and to keep going.

 

 

 

Posted by: In: News 13 Feb 2013

This has been a long time coming but welcome to our new website. It not only looks better but it provides more responsive and up to date information for our service users, funders and everyone else who wants to find out more about what we do. When I first came into post, over four years ago, updating our website was one of my missions. Sadly, funding held us back for a long time but now it’s here I feel that we have used that time well in asking service users what they would like to see as well as ensuring there are ways to communicate with us through Face Book and Twitter.

In time, I hope we can also offer service user forums and ensure that the site also supports us to get information out about our service user newsletter launched last year. There’s certainly a great deal going on at Survive whether it is fundraising events to enjoy and attend, causes we are championing, new funding coming in or new ventures we are exploring. Within the pages you will find information on our services, ways to stay safe, information to support children affected by abuse and our commentary on regional and national policy changes. We hope you find the website useful, please tell us if you don’t and thank you to all who worked really hard to make it happen.  Happy browsing!

Anna Smith

Chief Executive