We recently appointed a number of new ISVAs to grow our advocacy service, here is a guest blog post from one of our news ISVAs, Natalie Harris about our work at the Abuse Survivors Clinic.
Hi, my name is Natalie and I am a ‘newbie’ ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advocate) here at RSVP. Having previously worked in the field of addiction, supporting and empowering people is what I enjoy most, which reinforces that my day to day role is more than just a job.
The role of ISVA is so broad and varied that it is not the easiest to define. In a nutshell, we support and advocate for clients/service users that are survivors of sexual violence. This entails support throughout the legal process, identifying, signposting and/or supporting practically with unmet needs and providing emotional support.
I see my role as walking by the side of the client and supporting with each step they take on their journey.
In order to continue to strive towards the delivery of a seamless service for our clients, we have recently embarked upon a fresh working partnership with Umbrella sexual health services. One of the latest projects is the ASC (Abuse Survivors Clinic) clinic. This clinic operates 2-3 times per month on a Wednesday at Whittall Street Clinic, Whittall Street, Birmingham, B4 6DH and is available for survivors of abuse, providing specialised, sensitive support around sexual health screenings. In addition, clients have the opportunity to explore support options available with an ISVA from RSVP who will be present at every ASC.
The schedule for this clinic is as follows:
8th June 2016
22nd June 2016
6th July 2016
20th July 2016
3rd August 2016
17th August 2016
31st August 2016
14th September 2016
28th September 2016
12th October 2016
26th October 2016
9th November 2016
23rd November 2016
7th December 2016
To access the clinic please contact: 0121 237 5700