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A big thank you to all our supporters who raised funds for Revival just by shopping online this Christmas. You purchased the gifts you wanted, we received a percentage of the sale and you didn’t pay a penny extra. £18.00

Give as you Live/Everyclick £30.00

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January 2013

Welcome... To the fourth edition of our quarterly newsletter. This is our official newsletter aimed at keeping you in touch with what’s going on. Feedback and contributions welcome. If you would like to receive a copy by e-mail please contact Deb on

2012 RECAP 2012 was quite a busy year at Revival, we saw 2 Trustee’s leave and 2 appointed, 6 Volunteer Counsellors were appointed, 4 people organised sponsored events to help raise much needed funds; Danni ran the Bath Half Marathon, Barbara walked 26 miles, Aaron ran the Bristol Half Marathon and Maggie had her head shaved! We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all our supporters and volunteers.

QUALITY STANDARDS In the office it’s heads down and full steam ahead to renew the Investing in Volunteers (IiV) Accreditation Standard. This UK quality standard provides us with a way to benchmark the quality of our volunteer management and involvement and prove and improve the effectiveness of our work with volunteers. Our volunteers are important to us and we want to be sure that we honour their commitment by getting it right. The final assessment will take place in March and we’ll let you know how we measure up in the next edition.

While all this is going on we’re also continuing our work towards The Survivors Trust National Service Standards. The quality standard helps us to benchmark all aspects of our service delivery, helping us to achieve and maintain the highest possible standards in our work. We’ll keep you up to date on our progress in future editions.

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What’s Inside?

Service Update Now that the newly recruited volunteer counsellors are on board, taking our volunteer team to 11, we have 35 people currently receiving a counselling service from us. We still have a waiting list in operation at all times but our average waiting time has been cut from an average of 8 months to 3 months. Naturally we would like to be able to get people started as quickly as we can after their initial contact with us but we must be sure that we are working within our resources and continuing to provide the highest possible standard of service. Remember that as well as the counselling service we are able to offer to women and men who were sexually abused in childhood or adolescence, we are also able to offer the following services to women and men Wiltshire wide whose lives have been affected by rape or sexual abuse:



Service update


Women’s Forum


Swindon & Wiltshire 4 Sexual Referral Centre Yours Words


Fundraising News


100 Club Draw


Telephone and e-mail support (Telephone 01225 358 568 or e-mail

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Information for survivors and/or their partners Information for other professionals An online forum for women where they can give and receive support

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Referral and Signposting services

WOMEN’S FORUM Come and join us and discover this great way for you to gain support from, and give support to, other female survivors, living in Wiltshire. Exchange news and views on message boards. If you’re interested in joining the e-group, call us or email and we can get you registered. Need help getting online to sign up and join in? We can help. Call us or send an email. Email: Tel: 01225 358 568

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Swindon & Wiltshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

Swindon & Wiltshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) The New Swindon Sanctuary is a dedicated centre open 24 hours a day 7 days a week to support victims of sexual assault throughout Wiltshire, whether men, women or children. The support we offer is free and confidential and you can choose to remain anonymous throughout your contact with us. The person you speak to will be happy to discuss this in more detail. Our trained professionals can provide immediate medical care, a forensic examination, emotional support, counselling and onward referral. Our service is free and available, whether or not you wish to have Police involvement. What choices do I have? You can make a formal report to the Police about sexual assault at any time. We can help you to do this, and will explain to you how this works. If appropriate the Police will then arrange for you to have a forensic medical examination by a specialist doctor/nurse at the SARC where evidence can be taken, up to seven days after the assault. We will provide someone to support you through this. You can make a self referral to the SARC about sexual assault at any time. We can also offer the option of having the examination by a specialist doctor/nurse at SARC without Police involvement, up to seven days after the assault. We will provide someone to support you through this. Forensic evidence can then be taken and stored for a period of time to give you some breathing space. There is no obligation for this to go any further legally, but we can help you with follow on care and support/counselling. We offer immediate access to emergency contraception (morning after pill) and various antibiotics to treat any sexually transmitted infections. This will then form part of the onward referral to your local Genito-Urinary Clinic also known as an STI clinic. We may also screen you for pregnancy if appropriate. You may decide you just want to give details of the incident to someone; we can take these and pass them on anonymously. This may help with future prevention of attacks. You will not have to speak directly to the Police, or be identified, or have any examination at any time should you chose not to.

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Swindon & Wiltshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA’s) The ISVA is a highly trained specialist offering practical and emotional support to anyone who has experienced rape or sexual abuse. Whether you have reported to the Police or not. Your ISVA can: Give you advice and support to help you think through your options Provide face to face or telephone support at crucial times Give advice on criminal and civil remedies available to you Work with you to make sure you are safe Facilitate a fast track referral to your local Genito Urinary Clinic/GP Provide warm introductions to other specialist services you may need Help with accessing our in-house counselling or alternative should you so chose Support you through statement taking with the police Keep you up to date with your particular case Attend court with you Support you whatever the outcome of your report to the Police Ensure suitable support is available to you This in not an exhaustive list and the help you receive from the centre will entirely depend on your individual needs. Overall the SARC services are there to support you after an experience of sexual violence. We are here for you, so please don’t suffer alone. For further information please visit our website For immediate help call 24 Hour Helpline Adult ISVA - with Voicemail Service

0808 168 0024

01793 507956

Children & Young Persons ISVA - with Voicemail Service

01793 507946

SEQOL - SARC Manager – for business enquiries with Voicemail Service 01793 507811 Administrator – with Voicemail Service 01793 507981

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Your Words

My girl filled with anger, feelings of rage, confusion and anguish from such a young age, secrets and fears, no words could she say, the heartache of family moving away, Betrayed and hurt, left alone to cope, I can only imagine her loss of hope, she missed so much, and lost so much more, unscalable mountains, but that was before, You saw my girls pain, and you understood, with your words of wisdom, you've done so much good, you've turned her around, she's on her way home, and never again will she feel alone, Her road is long, but she now smells the flowers, and positive thoughts fill most of her hours, my firstborn is healing, and that's down to you, "Revival" and all the great work that you do. Kelly ASDA - MELKSHAM ASDA Melksham has Revival – Wiltshire RASAC as one of three nominated charities to receive a donation. We will only receive the donation if we receive the most counters. Collecting ends March 2013. Please, please, please can you show your support when shopping at ASDA and pop the green counter into our pot. Many thanks

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SUPPORTING OUR WORK 100 Club Draw December 2012 1ST PRIZE OF £9.35 TO NUMBER 4 2ND PRIZE OF £5.65 TO NUMBER 24 3RD PRIZE OF £3.75 TO NUMBER 26 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE 100 CLUB HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: You buy a number which is yours for 1 year. Numbers are allocated on a first come first served basis. There are monthly draws where 3 cash prizes are won each month. A share costs £25 for one year (50p per week). The more numbers sold the higher the prize fund! Winners will be notified by email and the results will be published on the website and in the quarterly newsletter. You can also find the results on revivalsupportservices.

PLEASE JOIN US Anyone can join. All volunteers, friends and supporters are enthusiastically asked to enrol as members and to consider making a gift of membership to family members. You may enrol by cheque or by standing order. If you would like to receive an application form please contact us on the email below.


Thank You for Your Support GET INVOLVED ONLINE Why use google when you can Sign up and select Revival - Wiltshire RASAC as your chosen charity to raise money for us as you search the web, shop online and trade on eBay. You can create your own fundraising page and get your friends to sign up to support your chosen cause and it won’t cost you or them a penny. Some people use their fundraising page to attract sponsorship for an activity they are taking part in. If you’re concerned about your name appearing on the site, you have the option to enter a screen name to be displayed instead of your own. Visit the site and find out more: Sign up and choose from over 2,000 of the UK's best-known retailers including Amazon, M&S, Argos, John Lewis and HMV, and when you shop using the links on the Easy Fundraising site up to 15% from every purchase you make is donated to Revival. It doesn't cost a penny extra to shop and raise funds for Revival using Easy Fundraising, don’t forget to check out the special offers to see if you can save yourself some money on your online purchases. Easy Fundraising also offer an online search facility – easysearch. Visit the site and find out more: Disclaimer The views and opinions printed in the newsletter are not necessarily those held by Revival, we simply allow members to speak out about their personal thoughts and feelings. Revival reserves the right to print or not print work or to edit letters where necessary. Where possible we will publish work unchanged, but where changes are needed we will endeavour to do so with the utmost sensitivity and without losing the essence or meaning of the work. Revival is the operating name of Revival - Wiltshire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Registered Office: 11a Silver Street Trowbridge Wiltshire BA14 8AA Company Limited by Guarantee in England No. 4717912 Registered Charity No. 1102911

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