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About Us

Meet Some of the Team

RSVP is made up of a big hearted, bold and believing committed team of staff and volunteers and our vital survivor steering group. Our team includes trustees, counsellors, ISVAs, helpline and webchat volunteers, fundraisers, communication officer, trainer, specialist asylum seeker and refugee worker, group facilitators, administration staff, service heads, wider IT and fundraising volunteers.

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Leadership Team:

Lisa Thompson, Chief Executive:
Lisa is an award-winning Chief Exec and an experienced trainer in the field of sexual violence and abuse and trauma informed approaches. She has also trained in Transactional Analysis psychotherapy. She is also a mega runner and has run distances from 5km to 200 miles! She often uses her long runs to fundraise for us and in total has raised over £10,000. In 2017 she ran, walked and crawled (her words) 200 miles from one side of England to the other and raised more than £3,000 for us. She also loves the outdoors and the countryside and overnight trips in a campervan.

Anjella Darcy, Head of Adult Counselling and Wellbeing Services:
Anjella is an experienced psychotherapist and trainer, she heads up all our busy and growing wellbeing services, including counselling, helpline and group support.

Cara Donald, Head of Fundraising and Development:
Cara manages the fundraising and development and training of the RSVP team, including fundraising, income generation, securing grants and contracts and monitoring the quality and impact of our services.

Yvonne Langham, Head of ISVA (Advocacy) Services:
An experienced ISVA, Yvonne manages all our advocacy services, including specialist support for sex workers and the LGBT community. Yvonne’s team won the national Limelight award for outstanding ISVA team in 2016.

Hear from some of our current and past team members:

Katrina joined us as a Children’s ISVA/Advocate and has now progressed to our Children’s ISVA Team Leader.             

You can read Kat’s blog post about when she was a children’s ISVA here

Maddison is one of our Children’s ISVAs/Advocates, you can read her blog post about her role here

Claire used to be one of our specialist ISVAs/Advocates supporting sex workers, you can read her blog post here

While this specialist work continues, Claire has now left RSVP and this role has been filled by Fiona.

Mark used to be one of our specialist ISVAs/Advocates supporting LGBT survivors, you can read his blog post here

While this specialist work continues, Mark has now left RSVP and this work is continued by Bev and Ian.

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