Something amazing is happening this year and we’d love YOU to be a part of it.
2018 is RSVP’s 40th year!
Have you ever wanted to do something to benefit others?
Do you want to join a movement of people who are saying “enough is enough” about sexual abuse?
Do you want to volunteer your time and give something back to your community?
Come along to the launch of our new “Fundraising Friends” on Tuesday 30 January, Birmingham City Centre 18:00 – 20:00.
You’ll hear from award winning speaker David Hyner AND receive…
- The skills and confidence to SMASH your 2018 charitable goals and resolutions
- Techniques from 20+ years of research interviews with top achievers
- Access to £100 worth of resources post the event as a thank you for your support of our amazing charity.
There’s no obligation at all to join our initiative – you can just come along and see what it’s all about. All for the price of a voluntary, no obligation donation/entrance fee of just £10! For more information click here
As Christmas trees and all things glittery are taken down across the nation we wanted to show you the tree that our survivor led craft group, Arts With Hearts decorated ,which also made a difference for abused children. You’ll then know where to come to if you still need some Christmas sparkles in your life!
In collaboration with Irwin Mitchell the tree brightened up the foyer of the ICC during December and was part of the NSPCC’s Festival of Trees. Irwin Mitchell sponsored the tree, with the sponsorship going to fund the NSPCC’s work. Our craft group were then invited by Irwin Mitchell to decorate it with the beautiful handmade decorations they made.
We’re sure you’ll agree that the tree was beautifully creative and unique, we thank Irwin Mitchell for allowing us to be involved but more importantly all the survivors who created the beautiful decorations.
If you are spending Christmas with other people we hope that they bring you happiness, laughter and warmth. If spending it alone we hope that you have some quality ‘you time’ and relaxation, and show love to yourself by doing the things you want to do.
How ever you are spending it if this time of year is difficult, retriggering, loss filled, traumatising or distressing we want you to know we understand, we are thinking of you and we send encouragement to enable you to draw on the strength, determination and resilience you possess. We send you big hearted warmth, absolute belief in you and your ability to overcome, and boldness to strive on and prosper, flourish and thrive, despite the traumatic times you’ve experienced.
From all of the team at RSVP we’d like to wish you and all survivors, a very Happy Christmas.
If you need our support we will open again on Wednesday 27th December from 9am-1pm on our:
– Helpline if you need to talk 0121 643 4136
– Office number for queries about services or to make referrals 0121 643 0301 option 1
For full information about the other times we are open click here.
My name is Katrina the newest Children‘s ISVA at RSVP, I have been in post since mid September. Whilst here I have had the opportunity to meet a friendly, skilled and diverse team and attend some useful training as RSVP is committed to developing its team. I’ve found RSVP to be bold, passionate and determined to reach out to all those who have been affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.
I have worked with children and young people for a number of years, including those affected by abuse, I’m passionate about making a difference and think that alongside advocacy counselling and therapy for children is an important element to the healing process.
In being an advocate for children and young people I provide flexible and consistent support which listens to, advocates for and encourages each young person to share their feelings and thoughts. I am a central point of contact for a child and ensure that other professionals, carers and organisations work in partnership and harmony for the child providing a child centred service. Children have a voice and it’s important that all parties ensure they are heard. In my experiences I have found that each young person expresses themselves in different forms which are unique to them, and we should embrace these differences and celebrate them.
The ISVA team I belong to are fantastic and have been very supportive and helpful whilst I have been settling in to my new role. RSVP is a great organisation which enables people who have experienced sexual trauma to have their needs understood and met, have hope and confidence after sexual abuse, and look at the options available to them. We support people through criminal justice and court processes, civil action and in seeking counselling and other support. RSVP provides a confidential, warm and safe place, where people are empowered with the right information and resources available to them. This is a journey that supports sexually traumatised people to gain control again and we take bold action to support this process.
My role consists of:
1. Supporting children and young people to be fully informed about police and court processes,
2. Gaining information about what’s going on with the police investigation,
3. Going with the child on visits to the court prior to a trial,
4. Supporting children and young people to access health and other support, by arranging appointments and often going with them too. I assist them to gain health, STI testing, counselling and other support,
5. Liaising with schools and colleges to ensure that the needs of the child and young person are fully understood, identified and addressed so they can continue to access and achieve through education.
Ultimately my role supports any child or young person under 18 years of age who has an advocacy need which directly relates to the sexual abuse and trauma they have experienced.
I’m determined to provide support to children which enables them to:
1. Safely share how much they want to about what‘s happened
2. Live a hopeful, confident future where they are not defined by their past experiences.
We are delighted to launch a new online support package for survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Birmingham and Solihull.
‘A Taste of Recovery’ is a new way for survivors waiting for RSVP counselling to access practical support from RSVP; identifying the effects of sexual trauma and developing coping strategies for improved emotional wellbeing. The resource is created by Emily Jacob at ReConnected Life, it’s delivered in bite-size chunks, with the compassion and understanding of someone who has been there too.
We know that accessing support can feel daunting, and we know that time spent waiting for face-to-face counselling can be difficult. ‘A Taste of Recovery’ builds on what we know about the effects of trauma and offers a taster of our support services, that you can access immediately, from your own home.
This new support package has been made possible with support from the People’s Postcode Trust and the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, and is also a development of the 2016/17 West Midlands PCC funded Cope & Recover project we previously offered.
Traditionally, RSVP has closed over the Christmas and New Year period. We know that this can be a really tough time of year for many, and so this year we are offering a number of services to survivors of abuse in Birmingham and Solihull.
ISVA/advocacy crisis support
The ISVA team can offer telephone or email support on the following days:
Wed 20th Dec 9am-5pm / Thurs 21st Dec 9am – 5pm / Fri 22nd Dec 9am – 5pm
Fri 23rd Dec – Weds 27th Dec -ISVA service closed
Thurs 28th Dec 9am – 3.30pm / Fri 29th Dec 9am-5pm
Sat 30th Dec – Mon 1st Jan – ISVA service closed
Tues 2nd Jan 9am – 5pm
Drop in social groups
We are hosting two drop in social groups at our city centre premises over the festive period, if you are currently being supported by us or have in the past, join us for a cup of tea and a chat.
Thurs 21st Dec 10am – 1pm mixed gender
Fri 29th Dec 10am – 1pm women only
Call the office number on 0121 643 0301 if you need more information.
Our helpline number is 0121 643 4136.
The helpline hours are a little different over the Christmas period, but there is lots of support available, see the opening times here. If you call when the helpline is shut, leave a message with your number and someone will ring you back when it is next open.
Please note – all our services are closed Sat 23rd Dec – Tues 26th Dec and Sat 30th Dec – Mon 1st Jan 2018. If you are in need of support during these days you can contact Rape Crisis on freephone 0802 9999 12-2pm and 7-9.30pm every day of the year.
All our services reopen as usual from 9am on Weds 3rd Jan 2018.
Happy new year everyone.
We were nominated for a national award to acknowledge our work using running as a means of emotional wellbeing for survivors of abuse. Great news…we’ve been shortlisted! Now that we’re a finalist, we’d love to get your vote and nudge closer to winning the small charity award.
You can vote for us here https://therunningawards.com
If you are interested in trying out running yourself, in a safe and supportive environment, you might be interested in the weekly running group for survivors or the Run Talk (Walk) weekly event. Both take place at Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston. They’re free to join and focuses on gentle running for relaxation and fun. Drop Lisa an email if you’re interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are open today, Tuesday 12th December, we are assessing the situation hour by hour.
We are pleased that we can be here for you again.
Monday 11th December:
We are sorry to announce that for the second day running we won’t be open due to the weather. There is some public transport running but it is limited and we know that schools are off too. We don’t think it’s safe for the survivors we support or our team to make a journey.
Stay indoors in the warm today. We’ll reopen as usual tomorrow.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience.
We are sorry to announce that today, Sunday 10th December, we won’t be open due to the weather. We opened yesterday but due to heavier snowfall overnight we felt unable to avoid this situation, as we don’t think it’s safe for the survivors we support to make a journey.
Also many of our team have tried to get to our offices so we can carry on as normal but haven’t been able to reach RSVP.
Stay indoors in the warm today. We’ll reassess the situation tomorrow and update you about services then.
10th December 2017