We Are Winners
Asian Business Chamber of Commerce Awards
December 2019 saw our excellent team acknowledged as double award winners, thanks to the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC).
First, we were pleasantly surprised to win Charity of the Year, especially against such stiff competition from the other great charities nominated. The judges said our work stood out and that they could see the huge impact we had on society and also, the ways in which we had sustained and grown our services particularly through austerity and challenging economic times.
Then before the shock had eased we also won the Overall Business of the Year Award. We couldn’t believe it!
While we don’t work at RSVP solely to win awards, these awards mean so much to us and are for each and every member of the RSVP team. Our volunteers and staff work tirelessly for children and adults subjected to sexual violence and sexual abuse. We all take bold steps, show survivors that we believe them, in a world that often doesn’t, and demonstrate big hearted support. We ensure that people can live hopeful and confident futures after sexual trauma. I am so proud of the huge and meaningful differences that the RSVP team helps to make for children and adults subjected to sexual abuse.
Finally, we very much appreciate the recognition from the ABCC. Their support means the world to us and shows that they value the importance of what we do and the impact that we make. Warm thanks to the ABCC for not only acknowledging what we do but for being so willing to speak out and acknowledge the issues surrounding rape and sexual violence within society. It was amazing to hear ABCC judges say: “RSVP deals with real challenges, changing lives for the better, with limited resources and empowers individuals to take charge of their lives. They are richly deserved winners, and I would like to congratulate them and all of the other winning firms which have demonstrated excellence in their categories.” Thank you again.
Lisa Thompson, CEO
2018 GSK Impact Award
We are absolutely delighted to announce that we are one of only eight charities selected from more than 350 organisations to receive a 2018 GSK IMPACT Award. This prestigious national award recognises charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and well-being. As part of our win we will receive £30,000 in funding as part of the prize, as well as expert support and development from The King’s Fund. We couldn’t be more pleased.
Now in our 40th year, we are the only specialist support centre for victims and survivors of rape and sexual violence of all ages and genders, in Birmingham and Solihull. Last year we supported 5,330 survivors across all services, reaching all sections of the community, including people from the LGBT community, refugees and asylum seekers.
We support survivors through trauma-informed services, that are holistic, practical and therapeutic. We have experienced a 40 percent increase in need for our services in the last year. Our services have a big impact in helping victims of all types of sexual trauma, with 86 per cent of adults and 91 per cent of children saying they had increased ability to cope with the effect of the trauma.
Katie Pinnock, Director of UK and Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK, said: ‘RSVP is doing incredibly important work helping victims of sexual abuse come to terms with their experience and the charity’s work is having a real impact.
‘Some of the stand-out things about this charity are that it has been able to reach into all sectors of the community and has also coped with a big increase in demand for its services while at the same time continuing to deliver high-quality services for the people it supports.’
Lisa Thompson, Chief Executive of RSVP, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted and proud that in our 40th year of supporting abuse survivors, we have won such a well-respected award. We hope it will increase our profile and that more organisations will want to partner with us, but most importantly we hope it raises awareness of our services among people affected by sexual abuse who need them.
‘Our funding has grown over the past few years, but given the big increase in the number of people who need support we need to continue this growth. We hope that winning a GSK IMPACT Award can help take us to the next level and reduce the times people have to wait for one of our services, counselling. That is our key priority in our 40th year.’
Developing leaders in the charity sector is an important aim of the GSK IMPACT Awards programme, and we will also have access to training and leadership development. We will also be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, a national network of almost 80 award-winning health and well-being charities working together to develop leaders, find new ways of working, and support others.
We cannot wait to receive our prize and meet the other award winners at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London in May. Congratulations to them all but special mention to another Birmingham winner, Birmingham LGBT. We work closely with them and we are delighted that there are two winners from the second city.
Finally, we have boldly supported people for 40 years now.
We have provided big hearted empathy, compassion and person centred services.
We believe what people tell us and also believe in their ability to not be permanently defined by what they’ve been through.
We are beyond proud to win this prestigious award and dedicate it to everyone affected by sexual trauma.