Service Director, Louise Williams.
Louise joined us in April 2016. Louise represents the South West region on the Board of Trustees of Rape Crisis England and Wales – the national organisation to which Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support is affiliated.
Specialist Support Workers
We have five specialist support workers – Jemma, Christina, Claudia, Trina and Zareen – who give one-to-one therapeutic emotional support to each survivor for as long as it is required. Our sixth team member, Josie, works as an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), providing advocacy and guidance to women pursuing justice through the criminal courts. Josie delivers public educational materials on sexual consent, in particular to teachers and to young people.
Volunteer Support Team
We have an established group of 30 active, fully trained volunteer support workers. Each receives accredited training in Understanding and Working with Sexual Violence, Level 2. Volunteers give over 1,110 volunteer hours to Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support each year. The volunteer team staffs our helpline, and keeps in regular contact with survivors on our waiting list for face-to-face support. We exist because of them.
Service delivery administrator, Laura, keeps the Centre running smoothly, making contact with suppliers and supporters and keeping both staff and the public updated through social media. Kate looks after supporter engagement and fundraising.