Savera UK December Newsletter 2017
By Shauna from Savera UK
The last few months have been jam-packed for Savera UK! The team have been working extremely hard to support our ever-growing client base as well as raising awareness across Merseyside and Cheshire about domestic abuse and harmful practices in BME communities. To keep up to date with all the great work that Savera UK is doing, please follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and share our newsletter!
Whatever you're doing during the December break, the Savera UK Team and Board would like to wish you all happy holidays and all the best for the New Year -- we'll see you in 2018!
A message from our Founder, Afrah Qassim
2017 has been a year to remember and a very special one for Savera UK! For the first time we were able to move from stage one into the next stages of development, where we recruited an amazing team to start the journey in setting up and delivering our frontline and one to one support service. Savera UK's referral pathways were established, a drop-in service launched, our first film ‘My Savera’ was produced, new training packages were developed and new methods of communication were put into practice.
As a founder of Savera UK, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the team who has worked extremely hard to achieve many of our goals that we set for 2017 and overcome many challenges and change, also to take the time to thank Savera UK's Board for their passion and commitment in leading this unique organisation. Providing such unique support for those individuals/families and seeing their progression of confidence and independence to have the choice to choose how they want to start their new beginning is the most rewarding thing and the reason for Savera UK's existence.
I also want to say a huge thank you to our funders, partners, colleagues, communities and supporters for their continued partnership and support to ensure we are doing what we can to tackle and confront these harmful practices.
I hope 2017 has been an inspiring year for you, just as it has been for us and we're looking forward to see what 2018 will bring for us all.
Savera UK Update Bulletins
Join the Savera UK Advisory Forum
Savera work with complex cases/issues and this can require specialist advice and support from a range of areas. We have set up an advisory group for those who may be interested in being part of the group, which Savera can call on as and when required. The group will generate ideas and feedback for the development of the service and it is anticipated that they meet a few times a year for organisational updates and the opportunity to contribute further. The skills and specialisms we are looking for to join the advisory include:
- Human Rights
- International Law
If you are interested in joining the Savera UK Advisory Forum, then please download our form and send along with a recent copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Savera UK have implemented a new referral pathway. Click here to find out more.
Savera UK now have a complete new set of information material including: posters, leaflets, fact sheets, postcards for professionals and clients. We also have a One Chance Rule leaflet for professionals that has been sponsored by MSB Solicitors. If you would like to receive any of these materials then please contact Savera UK by calling 0151 709 6588 or email email@example.com.
Savera UK was very fortunate to receive tickets to Gulliver's World in Warrington during their Community Weekend on a beautiful October Saturday. Savera UK staff took a group of our clients and their children to enjoy the rides and events at the park.
Savera UK Projects
Savera UK have been working hard to enhance its support to service users and also expand its services and awareness across Merseyside and Cheshire.
In partnership with RASA and Merseyside Police, Savera UK are offering FREE Harmful Practices Training across Merseyside and Cheshire on the dates below.
- 12th January: St Helens
- 19th January: Knowsley
- 26th January: Wirral
- 1st February: Sefton
- 22nd March: Liverpool
Click here to find out how to book your place.
The drop-in is an opportunity to encourage our clients to get involved, inform them of services they can access and provide them with practical support and advice. If your service can offer something to Savera UK and the clients we are working with then please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A message from a Savera UK Client
"Savera helped me so much, if it wasn't for them I'd be stuck in a hopeless marriage, I would have stuck with it only because of family honour. Savera taught me that my life matters. Even when I thought it never did. And I'm finally starting to believe it. I'm putting myself first for the first time in my life, it's exhilarating it's daunting and terrifying but I wouldn't change it for the world. I'm eternally grateful."
Savera UK Engagement
Savera UK have been spreading the word of its service for the last few months. We have been very busy attending events and making links with other organisations across Merseyside and Cheshire.
Savera UK are now part of Liverpool and Wirral’s Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) and are in the process of becoming a member of other MARACs across Merseyside and Cheshire.
RASA & Merseyside Police
Savera UK have been commissioned again by Merseyside Rape and Sexual Abuse Services (RASA) as part of their successful tender bid for services for victims of sexual offences by the Merseyside Police and Police Crime Commissioner, to coordinate and deliver 5 full-day training sessions within Merseyside (St Helens, Sefton, Liverpool, Wirral, and Knowsley).
Savera UK have created a One Chance Rule leaflet sponsored by MSB Solicitors. If you would like to have some of these leaflets then please contact Savera UK on 0151 709 6588.
Savera UK are also developing a partnership with Lucy Holbrook (Protective Behaviour consultant) and Merseyside Refugee & Asylum Seekers Pre & Post Natal Support Group (MRANG) to develop a training programme on Protective Behaviours for MRANG and Savera UK clients. The programme will communicate how clients can keep themselves feeling safe as well as helping friends and family feel safe, creating a safer community for everyone.
There will be more partnership work in 2018, sign up and keep an eye on our newsletter to keep up to date.
We were so sad to say goodbye to our wonderful Support Worker Naomi! She was an amazing addition to the team and we wish her all the best in the future.
Savera UK are always so grateful for all your donations and support, we have been so appreciative of peoples generosity.
We would like to say a big thank you to Sharon at Gulliver's World for helping us with our tickets to the park, it was an amazing day for our clients. We are also very thankful to Karen Hughes from the Yoga Place who collected some lovely donations from her yoga clients. Speaking of yoga, we'd like to thank our yoga instructors Hannah and Stéph for being so flexible (no pun intended) and wonderful with our women. Also, a huge thank you to Vorny Redmond at Shoebox Full of Love for collecting so many gifts for our clients to give to them and their children this festive season.
We would also like to thank MSB for sponsoring our One Chance Rule leaflet, the Women in Medicine for choosing us as their named charity to fundraise for, Patricia O'Dwyer who will be running the London marathon to raise money for Savera UK. Thank you also to our new Advisory Board members and Carl Dutton who has offered to provide independent support for the team.
Furthermore, we would like to thank all those involved in the Savera UK Question Time Event for UK Parliament Week in partnership with Calderstones School. Huge thank you to Mr Moner Ahmed and Mr Lee Ratcliffe with your support and cooperation, the students who took part in the sessions and also to our panel and chair.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved and are supporting us.