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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.

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: Events 06 Oct 2014

baublesCan you help us?

We are looking for volunteers to help us bag packing at Asda Cribbs Causeway on Sunday 14th December 2014.

Asda have kindly given us a spot to collect money and raise awareness of our work in their store.

Spread a little Christmas cheer whilst raising money for a great cause. Together towards freedom from domestic abuse.

Please let us know if you can join us on 0117 961 3065 or info@survivedv.org.uk

 

Posted by: In: Events 05 Oct 2014

patchwork quilt

Would you like to be the owner of this beautiful patchwork quilt handmade and donated by the Thursday Patchwork Quilters Group? During Domestic Violence Awareness Week we will be auctioning this handmade quilt for one week only to raise money to transform the lives of those living with domestic abuse.

How do I bid: By email to info@survivedv.org.uk

When can I bid: Between 9am Monday 24th and 5pm Friday 28th November 2014

Minimum bid: £50 (if lowest bid is under this it will not be sold)

Rules: Anyone is eligible to bid. Your bid will only be accepted if submitted to the email address provided and stating you name, your contact phone number and your maximum bid.

Posted by: In: Events 30 Sep 2014

tea lights in cupsSurvive is holding its third annual candlelit walk as part of end violence against women week. The walk is to raise awareness of those living with domestic abuse currently and in memory of the two women a week and one man a fortnight who die as a result of abuse.

We are gathering at Withies Cafe, Kingswood Estate BS15 8DB from 5.45pm on Wednesday 26th November for a prompt 6pm start. Candles will be provided, but bring along a lantern if you have one. The walk will be followed by something to warm you up in the cafe.  All supporters welcome.

Please let us know if you can join us on: info@survivedv.org.uk or 0117 961 3065.

 

 

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: Events 15 Jul 2014

Running feet postCALLING ALL RUNNERS….

Are you thinking of running the Bristol Half Marathon?

The run takes place on 21st September 2014.

Whatever your circumstances, why not consider running for Survive?

Join our team – running towards freedom from domestic abuse.

 

Book your place here: http://www.runbristol.com/Events/Bristol-half-marathon

Please get in touch on info@survivedv.org.uk or 0117 961 3065.

Posted by: In: Events 01 Jul 2014

happy birthdayOur 40th anniversary is getting closer! We are having a celebration on Wednesday 9th July from 5pm and we are all getting excited about it in the office.

We have secured a lovely venue and there will be nibbles, cake and bubbles. Many people will be participating in the event to tell the story of Survive from our humble beginnings to our current staff team of 25 staff, 10 board members and over 30 volunteers!

Anna Smith, Chief Executive at Survive said:

“It represents huge progress in our combined approach to supporting people to cope and recover from their experiences of domestic abuse that Survive is celebrating 40 years of service. We were set up by volunteers in response to women dying at the hands of their partners and former partners, so that we could provide women and children with a refuge from their abusive relationship. We now have specialist services for those at high risk, group work for women recovering from their experiences, excellent partnerships with housing, schools, the police, social care and a variety of specialist agencies and outreach work in community centres and Southmead hospital. Survive has doubled in size in the last five years. Our extensive work with children supports them when they have witnessed domestic abuse to reduce self blame and understand their experiences. Our representation on a number of forums means that we present the needs of service users directly to funders, often through supporting the attendance of service users to have a voice at these meetings. New projects in schools and Southmead hospital are now supporting us to work preventatively and break the cycle of abuse. We are truly supporting people to not only cope with, but to recover from their experiences in the long term.”

There are limited spaces left, but if you would like to come, please email us and request a place on info@survivedv.org.uk

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

Glos road cookbook resized

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: Events 13 Feb 2014

 

Running feet postAre you interested in running the Bristol 10K on Sunday 11th May for us?

Join our team running towards freedom from domestic abuse.

We will support you and be there to cheer you on.

To book your place, please register here.

Get in touch on 0117 961 3065 or info@survivedv.org.uk

Posted by: In: Events 13 Feb 2014 Tags: , ,

charity 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 at 7.30pm

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

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

List of lots: FINAL LOT LIST and Bidding Instructions

To donate a lot item:

Contact Richard on richard.hatton@adjustps.com or  07753 806 139

To buy a ticket:

Contact the Survive Admin team on info@survivedv.org.uk or 0117 961 3065 or Richard using the details above.

Come and join us and have some fun whilst raising money for women and children towards freedom from domestic abuse.

Posted by: In: Events 13 Feb 2014

quiz

The Survive quiz is back! Our Quizmaster for 2014 is the popular Radio Presenter Downsy, from Jack FM’s ‘That Morning Thing’.

This year we will be adding a couple of creative rounds and one suggested by Downsy himself – as ever, it promises to be a great night.

When: Thursday 13th March at 7.00pm

Where: The BAWA ground, 589 Southmead Road, Bristol BS34 7RG

Entry costs: £36 per team (maximum of 6 per team)

To buy tickets online, click here.

For further information, please call admin on 0117 961 3065 or email info@survivedv.org.uk

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