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Posted by: In: Uncategorized 24 Apr 2018

It is with huge sadness that Survive announces its closure on 30th April 2018 after 44 years of dedicated service in the domestic abuse field. We are however pleased to announce that our frontline staff and vital services for children and young people will be transferring to Julian House on 1st May 2018.

Please read our press statement below for further information.

May we also take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us. Whilst we recognise this is a sad time for Survive, we are incredibly proud of what we have achieved. We have been honoured to work with so many amazing women and children over the years. We wish you all the very best for the future.

Press release 23.04.18

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 11 Jan 2018

A very proud day at Survive today as three of our staff receive awards from the South Gloucestershire Partnership Against Domestic Abuse.

Our dedicated Family Support Worker Aly Vernon received the prestigious Ann Wood Award for her Outstanding Contribution to Tackling Domestic Abuse.

Rebecca Twydell (Family Support Worker) and Sarah Telford (CEO) received Excellence in Practice awards.


Posted by: In: Uncategorized 27 Oct 2017

Survive delivers vital preventative work to ensure that those children and young people in our communities, affected by Domestic Violence, have the help and support they need.  Survive has the reputation of an innovative specialist charity working towards freedom from domestic abuse for children, young people and families in South Gloucestershire and Bristol. As a well-established charity we offer practical and emotional support, information and education for children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence and abuse.

If successful, the funding we receive will go directly towards running our ‘Connect with Respect’ programme – a dynamic preventative programme for schools and other settings that educates and supports children and young people to have happy, healthy relationships for life.  In the last 4 years, as part of this programme, we have visited 17 schools and 2 youth groups and performed workshops for over 1615 children.  This has resulted in 70.16% positive outcomes.

We can only continue doing this with your help!

All you need to do is CLICK HERE to vote for us* – 2 minutes of your time could help change a young person’s future. You will have 10 votes – so please make sure you use all 10 (you can do this all in one go).  Please take the time to vote and send this on to your colleagues, networks, family and friends.

On behalf of everyone at Survive – thank you!

*Please note, although you need to register your email address to vote, you can opt out of being contacted with marketing material from Aviva.



Posted by: In: Uncategorized 21 Sep 2017



Places still available for our 11-17 support group, Back on Track, for young people who have been affected by domestic abuse. To find out more information call us on 0117 9613065 or Email,uk

Follow link for further details:

Back@Track Flyer

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 25 Jul 2017


Survive is a specialist and innovative agency providing high quality services for children and young people affected by domestic violence and abuse in South Gloucestershire and Bristol.

We are currently advertising for Children and Young People’s Outreach Workers

We have two positions available a full time post and a part time post (22.5 hours per week).

Contract: Fixed term until December 2017 – roles may be extended subject to funding.

The Children and Young People’s Outreach Worker will work within the Children and Young People’s team providing a range of services including group work programmes for 7 – 11 year olds and 11 – 17 year olds, specialist outreach on a 1:1 basis and educational programmes in schools.

We are looking for a person with at least three years experience of working in a relevant field. They will have an excellent understanding of safeguarding and experience of working with child protection issues. They will have an excellent understanding of domestic abuse, including the impact this has on children and young people. The successful candidate will have a Level 3 qualification in a relevant field (Social Work, Psychology, Youth Work, Teaching etc) or a level 3 qualification in a different field with an additional 2 years experience.

Closing date: 12pm on 15th August 2017

Interviews:  22nd August 2017

Application Pack:     Covering Letter CYPOW    CYPOW Job Description July 2017     Job Application Form CYPOW

 Equal Opps Form CYPOW 1     Staff Structure July 2017

For further information please contact 0117 961 3065 or email


Posted by: In: Jobs, Uncategorized 28 Apr 2017


Survive is a dynamic and innovative agency providing high quality services to women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse in South Gloucestershire and Bristol. We are currently advertising the following positions:

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (female only*) 22.5hrs a week Maternity Cover

As an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) at Survive, you will provide survivors of domestic violence and abuse in South Gloucestershire with intensive one-to-one advocacy and support, until their risks have been reduced and their safety needs have been met. You will represent Survive as the Lead IDVA at the monthly Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC). You will present the voice of the victim at the MARAC and represent their needs, and conduct all pre and post MARAC actions. You will have a thorough knowledge and understanding of domestic violence and abuse, and the rights of and remedies available to survivors of domestic violence. You will use this knowledge to strongly and professionally advocate for them within a multi agency context. You will have at least 2 years experience of work in a relevant field, be a qualified IDVA holding a SafeLives qualification or Women’s Aid equivalent.

You will join a team of two part-time IDVAs, one part-time Outreach Worker and one part-time Specialist Outreach Worker, all based at our main office. You will also work alongside one full-time and one part-time IDSVA based in Southmead A&E department.  The IDVA and Outreach team works towards providing a high quality service to people experiencing domestic violence and abuse, to reduce their immediate risk and signpost them to options which support their recovery.

Hours: 22.5 hours per week – maternity cover (Fixed term until 28th September 2017 or until the post holder returns – further employment opportunities subject to funding)

Salary:  £24,075 pro rata

Closing date:  9am Monday 22nd May 2017

Interviews:  Candidates must be available for interview on 25th May 2017

Approximate Start Date: ASAP

Survive is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work.


*This post is restricted to women due to the nature of the role. The Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies. Charity No 1114005

Job Application Pack:   Covering Letter IDVA Mat Leave May 2017  Job Application Form  IDVA Job Description Mat Leave May 2017

Equal Opps Form    Staff Structure June 2016


Posted by: In: News, Uncategorized 10 Mar 2017


To help us continue the celebration of International Women’s Day 2017, we’d like to share the Evening Posts ’50 Inspirational Bristolian Women’ with you.

The list includes our very own Maryanne Kempf, who has lived in Bristol for more than 20 years and volunteered at St Pauls Unlimited Community Partnership, Bristol Drugs Project and One25. At Survive, she works with women and their families escaping domestic violence, and is a qualified Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisor (IDSVA).

We’re delighted to have Maryanne on our team and her place on this list is well deserved!

Click here to read the full article. 


Posted by: In: Uncategorized 06 Mar 2017

lorri running

On April 23rd 2017 Lorri will be running the London Marathon to raise money for the two wonderful charities she works for  – Bourne Family Project  and Survive.

This is her second marathon but she says the training doesn’t get any easier! She is running because she loves the organisations she works for and sees first-hand the amazing services both these charities provide to so many people in need in the local area. She really hopes that you will sponsor her and every penny will go directly to those that seek much needed support.

Click here to donate!

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 08 Apr 2016

tea lights in cups

One of our lovely colleagues is holding a fundraising concert on Friday 22nd April 2016 at the Staple Hill Methodist Church. The money raised will then go to Survive’s Children and Young People’s Team. We desperately need funding to keep our CYP services running.

The Bristol Fashion Chorus will be singing together with Bristol a Cappella and will be singing a range of songs, both modern and traditional barbershop. There will be something for everyone!

Tickets are £10 or £8 for seniors and children. All proceeds will go to Survive.

To book tickets, please contact us on 0117 9613065 or email

Posted by: In: Events, News, Uncategorized 11 Dec 2015
WP_20151203_16_27_04_Pro (1) WP_20151203_16_29_31_Pro (1)It’s nearly Christmas  2015 and we have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of people who have donated gifts for the women, young people and children who use our services. Thank you all for taking the time to donate to us. You will be bringing smiles to many faces this Christmas!