2018 LimeLight Awards are now open for nominations

LimeCulture CIC is excited  to be hosting the 4th National Conference for Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) ‘Knowledge & Network”, which will take place on 17 October 2018. This major event for ISVA Services will be taking place in Birmingham.

It is widely recognised that ISVAs play an integral role in providing support and responding to those who have experienced sexual violence. ISVAs are part of an important workforce that is increasing in size and recognition. This major event will bring together professionals to share knowledge and provide a unique opportunity to network with other members of the ISVA workforce.

The LimeLight Awards were introduced by Sir Keir Starmer at the 2016 National ISVA Conference to provide professional recognition for the amazing work that is undertaken by ISVAs throughout the UK. LimeCulture is keen to ensure that the outstanding contributions and achievements of these professionals who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence through their work as ISVAs continue to be properly recognised through the LimeLight Awards.

Sandra Lewin is the Manager of Herts SARC and is responsible for the ISVA Team who won last year’s (2017) LimeLIght Award for Exceptional ISVA Team. She says “Since my ISVA’s won the award, we have noticed several sexual abuse organisations across the country have made contact to seek advice and confirm our processes and procedures. We have also had several high profile visits by strategic partners, these were the Chief Constable, PCC’s office, NHS lead on SARC’s to mention a few, which raising the profile of the SARC in general to partner agencies. We have also noticed it has raised our profile on social media which in turn has increased our referral for the service. We had a 45% increase in referrals on previous year! Finally, I noticed that it gave the ISVA’s themselves a boost, they personally received a small recognition gift from Mountain Healthcare. All in all it’s definitely worth nominating ISVA’s for these awards, good luck for all the nominations this year”.

There are 4 LimeLight Awards, divided into three categories:

  • Awards for an Individual ISVA (2 separate awards)
  • Award for an ISVA Team
  • Award for an ISVA Manager

Anyone can nominate an individual ISVA, an ISVA Manager or an ISVA Team or Service by simply completing a nomination form- you can also nominate yourself or your own team. Nominations open on 11 June and close on 14 September 2019.

LimeLight Awards will be presented at a special ceremony at Knowledge & Network: An Event for ISVAs on 17 October 2018. More information about how to nominate can be found by clicking here

For more information about last year’s LimeLight Awards and the inspirational winners of each category please click here

Knowledge & Network will include a topical range of speakers, workshops and designated time to network and meet peers. The focus of the event will be aimed at improving operational responses and ISVA practices. The event should be viewed as continued professional development.

To book your place please click here




Join the LimeCulture Core Team – We’re Recruiting!

We are delighted to be looking for two exceptional individuals to join LimeCulture CIC.

We are looking for two (part-time) Administrators to join our hard-working, fun and committed Core Team.



Could it be you?

Training & Development Administrator (Role A)

This role is part time (25 hours per week) and the salary is £24,000 pro rata. To view the job description and person specification please click here

Programmes Administrator (Role B) 

This role is part time (15 hours per week) and the salary is £24,000 pro rata. To view the job description and person specification please click here

If you would like to apply for either of the above roles, please send a covering letter and your cv to info@limeculture.co.uk. The deadline is 5pm,  Friday 22 June 2018.

If you would like an informal chat with us about the role, please contact us (via info@limeculture.co.uk) and we will arrange a suitable time to call you.

LimeCulture launches survey for victims/survivors about their experiences of Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) services

LimeCulture CIC has today launched a national survey to gather the views of victims/survivors of sexual violence (or the parents or carers of children) who have accessed Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) services. The survey can be found online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/isvasupport 

The survey will help LimeCulture to develop new quality standards for ISVA Services that will be implemented across the UK. In order to support their development, we are conducting a survey with victims/survivors to understand their views based on their experiences of ISVA services across the UK. “We are keen to ensure that these new quality standards meet the needs of the people who use ISVA Services. Therefore, we are seeking the views and experiences of people who have accessed ISVA services- or attempted to access such services- as these will be key to making sure that the quality standards capture what people want and need when they turn to ISVA services for support” says Stephanie Reardon, LimeCulture’s Joint Chief Executive.

We have great ambitions for this survey and are keen to have as many victims/survivors as possible (or their parents or carers where appropriate) contribute to this important survey. This will help us to ensure the new quality standards are informed directly by victim/survivors and are fit for purpose to meet their needs.

The main purpose of these new quality standards will be to reassure people who have experienced sexual violence about the ISVA services they are accessing are of high quality and can effectively meet their needs. The quality standards will provide a benchmark of quality that ISVA service can work towards achieving and where they do meet the quality standard, they will receive a ‘kitemark’ in recognition of their quality.

This survey will be open for a 7-week period. The survey opens on Friday 1 June and closes on Friday 20 July 2018. To take part in the survey, you are not required to confirm your name or any contact details- you can remain completely anonymous.

Any information or views that you chose to share with us will be completely anonymised so that you, any ISVA Service that you have accessed or any professional you have worked with would not be identifiable.

If you would like further information about the survey – or about any aspect of the project, please do not hesitate to contact Becky Dewdney-York who is leading this work on behalf of LimeCulture CIC.

Becky Dewdney-York, Programme Manager, LimeCulture CIC Becky.Dewdney-York@limeculture.co.uk Tel: 0203 633 0018

Update on the projects will be also be available at LimeCulture Research 

LimeCulture CIC is the leading provider of ISVA Training in the UK, having now trained over 600 ISVAs since 2011. We provide professional advice and support to ISVAs and continue to advocate about the importance of ISVA services as crucial support for victims/survivors of sexual violence.