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Vote for SARSVL!

We are delighted to have been selected in the top three charities for Sainsbury’s Local Headingley North Lane store ‘Charity of the Year’. This is now open to public vote and you can vote for SARSVL here at the Sainsbury’s website. Voting is open 11th-24th June. If we were the Charity of the Year in a

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We’re Recruiting!

  Office Co-ordinator – £20,666 p.a. 35 hours per week This is a new post at SARSVL and will be the lead for office co-ordination and administration for all functions of the organisation, including managing referrals into our frontline services. Fundraising Co-ordinator –£17,091 p.a. (actual) 21 hours per week This post at SARSVL will develop

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Make Time For Self Care

Sexual harassment, violence and abuse is everywhere in the media. In today’s hyper connected world, it can be difficult to take a healthy ‘time out’ when we need to. Overhearing or being included in casual conversations initiated by media coverage can be equally difficult to navigate. Justyna wrote up some simple, but oh so effective,

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Come and Work At SARSVL!

Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) – £17,091 p.a. (actual) 21 hours per week The primary purpose of this role is to deliver a pro-active SARSVL ISVA service to adult women who have experienced sexual violence within, and outside of the criminal justice system. The service is dynamic and responsive to service users and the external

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Poetry from a Service User #itsNOTok

One of our service users has written poetry about her experience of rape and sexual violence. We’re sharing this here in response to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week (5-11 February 2018). Find out more about that, and the #ITSNOTOK campaign here. Scroll down to read the poems as follows: From #metoo You On

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Helpline Volunteer Recruitment – Spring 2018 now open! We’re recruiting our next round of Helpline Volunteers!

Our helpline is a much needed service offering support to women and girls who have been affected by rape or sexual violence at any time in their lives. Firstly, please check the dates and times of the Selection Day and training course (see below) which takes place in our Leeds city centre premises. If you can’t make

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Counselling Waiting List Closure

Due to significant demand for specialist counselling on our small team, we have had to take the difficult decision to temporarily close our waiting lists for counselling and are not able to accept any new referrals until further notice. The waiting list will be reviewed monthly and updates will be posted on our website so

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Support Survivors – SARSVL’s Winter Giving Campaign

Please consider making a donation to our Winter Giving Campaign, every penny we receive will go directly to the costs of running our helpline and providing counselling and advocacy services. £5 could keep our confidential helpline open for one hour, giving women and girls vital listening support in their moment of need. £15 could cover

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Tell us what you think!

We are really excited to be holding our first ever service user forum at the centre next month. If you have used our helpline, counselling or advocacy services within the past 18 months and would be interested in attending this event please contact us at info@sarsvl.org.uk. We know that for many of our service users,

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A day in the life of an ISVA at SARSVL

1.What is an ISVA? Independent Sexual Violence Advocates/Advisors (ISVAs) are trained to provide emotional and practical support to survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual assault who have reported to the police or are considering reporting to the police. 2. What inspired you to become an ISVA? AB: – I have been engaged with the

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