Survive say:

Survive was delighted to receive a three-year grant in November 2022. We asked the Purey Cust Trust for funding to help us build capacity to improve the mental health and wellbeing of more survivors of sexual violence more quickly in York and the surrounding area. This was in response to the unprecedented demand for our specialist trauma-informed services which include support work, counselling, trauma therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) (a NICE approved technique for PTSD), and a Helpline.

In 2022/23, Survive supported 1589 individuals and received 933 new referrals – up 40% on 2021/22 – driven by local Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategies, increased media coverage regarding sexual violence and the prevalence of sexual violence in society. Sadly, the demand for our services shows no sign of abating.

After receiving the grant, we set up a Client Journey Working Group to conduct an end-to-end review of the client journey, identify bottlenecks and try new ways of working to help Survive see more survivors more quickly. I am delighted to report that the changes we have introduced in the first year have allowed us to see more survivors more quickly. In the next two years, we hope various pilots will help us better evidence the impact of our services and help us develop evidence-based pathways for different survivor groups.

Without doubt, the funding from The Purey Cust Trust has helped Survive help more survivors of sexual violence rebuild their lives, relationships and reach their potential. Thank you.

Mags Godderidge
CEO | Survive

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