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Posted by: In: News 02 Feb 2016

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Survive South Gloucestershire and Bristol has been awarded the Women’s Aid National Quality Mark today, demonstrating that it provides a high quality of service to women and children experiencing domestic violence in South Gloucestershire. The Women’s Aid Quality Standards are national standards which measure the quality of specialist domestic violence services on a number of factors. Survive South Gloucestershire and Bristol were particularly commended for their Children and Young People services, Preventative work and Accountability and Leadership.

Sarah Telford, Chief Executive Officer of Survive said:

“We are all delighted that Survive has been awarded the Women’s Aid National Quality Mark. We were established in 1974 by our founder Brenda Bishop. Brenda successfully campaigned for refuge provision in South Gloucestershire. Brenda is an inspirational woman who’s work is still very much needed in 2016. As a specialist domestic abuse provider we have overcome many challenges over the last forty one years. I am very proud of the Survive team, who consistently make a long lasting difference to the women and children that we work with and provide life changing support to those experiencing domestic abuse”.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid Federation England said:

“We are very proud to award Survive South Gloucestershire and Bristol the Women’s Aid National Quality Mark for their excellent work supporting women and children in South Gloucestershire. Specialist, high-quality domestic violence services can make the difference between a full, independent life and living in fear of your life for women escaping abuse. The hard work and dedication of the team at Survive is making that difference, and I thank them for the very high quality of the service they provide.”

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!
Posted by: In: Events, News, Uncategorized 11 Dec 2015
South Gloucestershire Council have been set the task of making savings across their budget, and have an incredibly difficult decision to make.
One option is to remove funding from the support services provided for victims of domestic abuse. This could include three refuges, thesupport line and face to face support.
We are asking the Council to retain these services and they want to hear your views. We strongly urge the Council to keep the funding for all domestic abuse services at the same levels for the following reasons:
  • Since 2010 32 domestic abuse refuges have been closed across the UK.
  • In the last year Survive in South Gloucestershire had 213applications for refuge.
  • Due to limited spaces 174 of these women had to be turned away.
  • In 2014/15, Survive’s support line took 1669 calls, which was a140% increase from the previous year.
  • 754 adults were registered to Survive’s database in 2014/15.
  • 1106 children were registered to Survive’s database in 2014/15.
  • Our Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) had a total of 309 High Risk cases last year.
  • In the last 3 years our A&E team has supported 368 victims, 162 of these from South Glos.
  • The Children and Young People’s service at Survive has provided support to 36 parents (female) in refuge and 74 children.
To continue to prevent future homicides we need to maintain, if not increase, the investment in knowledge and specialist services which tackle domestic abuse.
We need to show the future generations of South Gloucestershire that we are not a community to turn the other way, but one which will tackle domestic abuse head on through support, awareness raising and education.
Please sign and share this petition if you agree that funding for domestic abuse services needs to be maintained at their current level.
Thank you for your support.
https://www.change.org/p/south-glos-council-ask-south-glos-council-to-keep-funding-domestic-abuse-services-and-refuges?recruiter=443490894&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-no_msg 
Posted by: In: Events, News, Uncategorized 04 Dec 2015

IBCAs well as the lovely Ian Richmond running from his office to ours to raise awareness during Domestic Violence Awareness Week, he and his fellow Interactive Business Club (IBC) members took this picture with our CEO Sarah. Thank you for your support, IBC!

Posted by: In: Events, News, Uncategorized 04 Dec 2015

Carwash 2A huge Thank You to the Rolls-Royce Women’s Network (RRWN) for their fundraising car wash to raise awareness of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the 27th November. All funds raised went to Survive.

Posted by: In: Events, News, Uncategorized 25 Nov 2015

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To promote Domestic Violence Awareness Week 2015, we set up a stall at South Gloucestershire Council’s office. There were bags, balloons, leaflets and a lot of marshmallows! A big thank you to South Gloucestershire Council for having us.

Posted by: In: Events, News, Uncategorized 25 Nov 2015
Posted by: In: Events, News, Uncategorized 23 Nov 2015

daSURVIVE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015

Today at the Survive Annual General Meeting, we will have presentations from our CEO, IDVA, CYP and Refuge teams.
The annual ‘Ann Wood Memorial Award’ and ‘Excellence in Practice’ certificates will be presented by representatives from Safer and Stronger Communities.
When: Monday 23rd November 2015, 2pm – 5pm
Where: The Kendleshire Golf Club

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 20 Nov 2015

Bag Packing

 

Can you give two hours of your time to make a life time of difference?

We are holding a bag packing event at Marks and Spencers, Cribb’s Causeway on 12th December and Asda, Cribb’s Causeway on 13th December.

We would love some extra volunteers to come and help us raise awareness and funds during this event.

If you’re interested, please email us at info@survivedv.org.uk.

 

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 11 Nov 2015
Posted by: In: News 26 Oct 2015

domestic violenceSouth Glos Council are carrying out a consultation to review their spending towards Anti-social Behaviour and Community Safety.

Please see this link for more information:

https://consultations.southglos.gov.uk/consult.ti/ASBreview/consultationHome

We are appealing to all supporters to respond to the consultation, and encourage others to respond, to plead with the council not to cut vital domestic abuse services in South Gloucestershire.

The deadline for responses is 24th December 2015.

Thank you for your support.

 

 

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 21 Oct 2015

Our three lovely supporters are running to raise funds for Survive. Please support them by clicking on the links below:

 

Sharon Rickards is running the Bristol to Bath marathon on Sunday 25th October 2015: https://www.justgiving.com/Sharon-Rickards/

John Burke is running the Bristol to Bath marathon on Sunday 25th October 2015: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnBurke-Survive

Ian Richmond is running in the Weston-super-Mare Half Marathon for Survive on 1 November 2015: https://www.justgiving.com/Ian-Richmond-HalfMarathon

 

Good luck Sharon, John and Ian!

 

Posted by: In: News 01 Jun 2015

Well done to Jess and Ian who ran the Bristol 10k race today for Survive. You both completed the race in an excellent time. We were very proud of you.

  

Posted by: In: News 18 Mar 2015

comic relief red plaqueWe were delighted to receive a ‘Red Plaque’ last Friday in recognition of our vital work, supported by Comic Relief funding. Back on Track is our group support programme for young people aged 11 to 17 to share their experiences of domestic abuse, to enable them to understand their experiences and minimise self blame.

Round and red to echo Comic Relief’s iconic Red Nose, the plaque features a quote from one of Comic Relief’s supporters David Tennant and will be placed at our main office in Kingswood.

“We are extremely proud to be able to run this Comic Relief funded project. The group programme gives young people a safe, confidential space to talk about past experiences and to realise the abuse was not their fault. We have seen young lives transformed.” Helen Chignell, Children and Young People’s Manager.

Photo: Donna, Back on Track Lead Facilitator

Posted by: In: News 26 Feb 2015

Survive_Team_BristolBond Dickinson’s Bristol office has helped to raise over £10,000 in the last two years for Survive. Having elected Survive as their in-house charity two years ago, Bond Dickinson staff have provided support and raised money through various fairs, cake sales, raffles, bucket collections, Christmas bag packing, runners/volunteers in the Bristol 10k, Half Marathon and Cardiff Half marathon. Clients of Bond Dickinson also supported the fundraising by donating prizes for the raffles and attending various events and also donating items for our refuge facilities.

Members of Bond Dickinson also volunteered at two of our refuges to help make the garden spaces more enjoyable for residents. One of the main highlights for Bond Dickinson staff was being able to support Survive donating Christmas shoe boxes for the women and children who will be spending Christmas in refuge. This year they donated over 30 show boxes! Bond Dickinson’s support has helped transform the lives of many Survive service users, and has helped raise awareness of domestic abuse.

William Robertson, Partner at Bond Dickinson, said:

“Since electing Survive as our in-house charity for the Bristol office two years ago there has been a tremendous amount of support from both Bond Dickinson staff and clients. Our charities committee have worked tirelessly to organise events throughout the year that have resulted in an amazing amount of money being raised for a very worthy cause. We are proud of the role Bond Dickinson has played in raising awareness of Survive and we will continue to show our support where possible.”

Gillian Carson, Sustainability Manager at Survive, said:
“We would like to thank everyone at Bond Dickinson’s Bristol office for their unwavering support over the last two years. Their commitment and enthusiasm to raise awareness of domestic abuse has been amazing to see. They have helped Survive in so many ways giving their time, sharing their expertise, collecting Christmas gifts for children living in refuge, hosting our 40th anniversary event to name just a few, as well as organising their own fundraising activities. Well done on raising such a great sum of money to help us continue our work enabling people to escape from domestic abuse and rebuild their lives.”

Posted by: In: News 09 Feb 2015

main leaflet womanSurvive is pleased to announce that Sarah Telford has been appointed to the post of Chief Executive and takes up her post this week (2nd February 2015).

Sarah comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience of voluntary and community organisations, local authorities and the NHS.

Sarah has spent the last five years at South Gloucestershire Council in the Department for Children, Adults and Health as the Drug and Alcohol Action Team Treatment Co-ordinator where she was responsible for overseeing the work of all community based commissioned service providers and chaired a range of meetings including the Multi Agency Response to Abuse group. Sarah was also an active member of South Gloucestershire MARAC. Over the past two years Sarah has also been a Trustee with Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre.

Kate Mansfield, Chair of Survive said, “We are very pleased to have secured Sarah for this role. Her background, experience and knowledge of South Gloucestershire complement her professional skills. Her appointment marks a new phase for Survive, after celebrating our 40th anniversary last year. The Board of Trustees and I are looking forward to working with her to lead Survive over the coming years.”

Sarah said, “I am delighted to join Survive. I have worked in partnership with the team over the last five years. They have a fantastic reputation and I am looking forward to leading the organisation and continuing the valuable work that Survive does in working towards freedom from domestic abuse.”

Posted by: In: Events 14 Jan 2015

Running feet postThe 2015 Bristol 10k is on Sunday 31st May this year. Are you thinking of running this year?

You can sign up for a place for £29 on the Run Bristol website.

Whatever your circumstances, why not consider running for Survive?

Join us – running towards freedom from domestic abuse.

Please get in touch on info@survivedv.org.uk if you would like to run for us.

Posted by: In: News 17 Dec 2014

Emily Elf 2Our very own Emily Elf is sorting through our donations today and putting together gift boxes for our service user Christmas party next week. Other donations are used in refuge throughout the year as welcome boxes for women and children who often have to leave home with nothing.

It never fails to amaze us all how generous everyone is this and every year!

If you want to help in another way, remember you can donate online or via text too. We couldn’t support as many people without help from you and our wider community.

To donate online: https://www.justgiving.com/survive-sglosandbristol/donate

To donate via text: Text SURV00 and the amount to 70070

“I can’t really express how the support you guys give makes such a difference. Thanks for caring.”

Posted by: In: News 24 Nov 2014

Today is the start of Domestic Abuse Awareness Week. This week ties in with the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence international campaign that starts tomorrow on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday

Domestic abuse is a devastating social problem that affects every segment of the population. Anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of sex, race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability or lifestyle.

Every minute in the UK, the police receive a call from the public for assistance for domestic violence.
It is estimated that one woman in four (and one man in six) in the UK will be a victim of domestic violence during their lifetime.
On average 2 women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner.
In 75% to 90% of incidents of domestic violence, children are in the same or the next room.

“Even two years on, I still get overwhelmed when I think how much Survive helped me and my children.. I am now stronger than I could have imagined, my children are happy and we live in a loving, safe, happy home. Without Survive’s help I would have stayed with my abuser and most certainly be dead. Thank you Survive. X” (Service user)

Support Survive, transform lives. See how you can get involved…..

Candlelit Walk – Can you help us raise awareness by joining us on our candlelit walk this Wednesday?

Fundraise for us – Lots of people are fundraising for us as part of domestic abuse awareness week; it is not too late to get involved, as some people are holding their events in December. Could you host your own event and help raise vital funds, as well as awareness of domestic abuse?

Patchwork Quilt  – We are auctioning a beautiful handmade quilt that was donated to us to raise money to transform the lives of those living with domestic abuse.

We can achieve more together than we can apart. Together towards freedom from domestic abuse.

Posted by: In: News 05 Nov 2014

get involved2We’ve got a lot coming up surrounding domestic violence awareness week later this month.

Every week 2 women die as a result of domestic abuse. Support Survive, transform lives.

“Even two years on, I still get overwhelmed when I think how much Survive helped me and my children.. I am now stronger than I could have imagined, my children are happy and we live in a loving, safe, happy home. Without Survive’s help I would have stayed with my abuser and most certainly be dead. Thank you Survive. X” (Service user)

See how you can get involved…..

 

Fundraise for us

We are asking people to support Survive during Domestic Violence Awareness week this November (24th – 28th) by Fundraising for us. Could you host your own event and help raise vital funds for Survive, as well as awareness of domestic abuse?

More details can be found here: http://survivedv.org.uk/fundraise-for-us

 

Candlelit Walk

There is also our annual candlelit walk as part of domestic violence awareness week. This will take place on Wednesday 26th November from 5.45pm.

More details can be found here: http://survivedv.org.uk/candlelitwalk

 

Patchwork Quilt raffle

During Domestic Violence Awareness Week we will be auctioning a beautiful handmade quilt for one week only to raise money to transform the lives of those living with domestic abuse.

More details here can be found here: http://survivedv.org.uk/patchworkquilt

We can achieve more together than we can apart. Together towards freedom from domestic abuse.