Our history

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Survivors Voices (formerly known as S:VOX (Survivors Voices)) was started in 2000. Over the last 17 years, we have championed survivors voices and enlightened self-help by :

jpeg(4)running over 50 self-help group sessions for adult survivors of childhood abuse, violence and trauma at national events

jpeg(2)supporting 3 local self-help groups for survivors and supporters

jpeg(1)     running 4 residential self-help weekends for survivors

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 facilitating workshops on the use of creative expression and peer support for recovery

jpeg(4)creating a manual and training programme for adult facilitators of self-help groups

jpeg(1)     running training courses to help set up self-help groups

jpeg(2) running survivor-led training and seminars at conferences on topics such as:

jpeg(4)Helping Without Hurting; Exploding Myths of Abuse; Understanding Self-Harm; Domestic Violence; Supporting Male Survivors; Creativity;

jpeg(1)     organising and running a panel discussion on response to abuse within faith communities

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 contributing to national policy in faith communities and representing survivor perspectives at conferences /professional forums

jpeg(4)advocating with survivors to help them report their experiences of abuse

jpeg(2)undertaking training and consultancies with organisations on how to respond to abuse

jpeg(1)    facilitating regular peer support online since 2000, currently through a closed FB page.

 

From 2016 we have re-focussed our aims (including a name change from S:VOX to Survivors Voices) and our work now takes place under three strands:

 

jpeg(4)Survivor-led research and policy work – to address the need for survivor’s voices in academic research, public policy and practice and to create psychoeducation materials to guide survivors in making informed choices about their own recovery.

 

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Survivor-led training and consultancy to help organisations develop and deliver trauma-informed and survivor-sensitive services.

 

jpeg(1)Survivor-led creative projects, self-help and peer-led initiatives including our bi-annual self-help gathering, our private online peer-support group and initiatives such as exploring the role of creative expression and spirituality in trauma recovery.