Jane Chevous is qualified social worker, youth & community worker, lecturer and member of the Society of Education and Training. She has over 40 years experience of working with vulnerable children, young people and adults in the education, social care and faith sectors. She is a survivor activist and author of ‘From Silence to Sanctuary: a guide to understanding, preventing and responding to abuse’ (SPCK.) Jane used to be a foster carer and is active in the children’s rights field. She has trained organisations in safeguarding and survivor-centred approaches, represented the survivors perspective in policy development within the faith sector and ran the self-help training weekends for survivor-leaders of peer support groups. She used to teach youth work and theology to undergraduates at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and is especially interested in the role of spirituality and enlightened self-help in surviving and thriving after trauma. Founding director of Reshapers CIC, our parent company, she combines promoting creative learning for transformation with being an writer, activist and grandmother, and bluewater sailing with her husband.
Concetta Perôt is a psychotherapist and social worker (BACP & HCPC registered) with over 23 years of experience of working with children in care and prisons and running peer-led self help groups with adult survivors of childhood trauma. She has a first class honours in Social Policy from the LSE and an MSc with distinction in Mental Health Studies from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. Her dissertation was on the assessment and treatment of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is a Research Associate with University of Bristol (investigating the role of peer-support for survivors) and with King’s College London, as the lead researcher on the Charter for Engaging Abuse Survivors (a unique survivor-led project exploring safe, effective and meaningful engagement of survivors). She has also worked on the NAPAC national helpline providing telephone support for adult survivors of abuse and is experienced in group work, advocacy, training and organisational development. Mother of two and a mosaic artist, she has facilitated many group-based community arts projects and has seen first hand the positive power of both peer-support and creative expression on mental health. Concetta is passionate about developing research evidence and practices for survivor-led, community-based and creative approaches to trauma recovery. She wrote the original ‘Healing Maze – a guide to the different approaches to recovery’ which is now being updated.
A team of long-standing members moderate our peer support group on Facebook and run our Survivor Gatherings. We are grateful to the many volunteers and groups that have been involved in our past activities. Read Our History to find out about our projects and activities over the last 16 years.
We have a skilled and dedicated team of advisors who support us in decision making and strategy. Current members include Dr. Susan Bewley, Lynn Breckenridge and Frances Russell.
Organisational structure and accountability
Survivors Voices is a project of Reshapers Community Interest Company (CIC), a social enterprise that promotes creativity, learning and activism to transform people’s lives. We have a high standard of ethical practice (see Our Values), including safeguarding, DBS checks and a complaints process. Our work is accountable to our community of practice, board of directors and the CIC Regulator.