Update on the Independent Accreditation Programme – September 2020

As we all pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down from lockdown, the Accreditation team have taken the opportunity to reflect on the last couple of years but also look forward with excitement and anticipation of what’s to come. We have now independently accredited a total of 25 organisations with a breakdown of 34 individual services across both the Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services and the Male Survivor Partnership Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims of Sexual Violence. We continue to work with another 37 services who are progressing through the programme and at the time of writing, we have 12 site visits scheduled.

Following a well-received three month break from the programme whilst the world adjusted to lockdown, we hit the ground running early July and worked hard to adjust the programme to work within the current limitations. We are now completing site visits virtually and these have been a great success so far. The positive side of this means we haven’t found ourselves on train platforms navigating cancelled trains and closed tracks because of fallen trees. It does however mean we aren’t getting to meet services in person and at the final hurdle, putting a face to the voice.

We have two Accreditation Managers, Charlotte Bond and Rebecca Lunn who together have years of experience of working in the sexual violence sector and work together on both sets of Quality Standards.

We always knew that services can vary considerably between providers and commissioners, and across geographical areas.  Throughout the process, we have been capturing any learning points identified to keep our published guidance documents up to date and we have also written a Frequently Asked Questions document to address these.

Despite the differences, we have also found some common challenges services experience. Obtaining valuable feedback and wellbeing outcomes are often listed a consistent difficulty, due to the nature of the work and the vulnerabilities of the clients involved.  However, a very positive theme we identify in a lot of services is the commitment to prioritise staff & client welfare.

We are working with Male Survivor Partnership to set up a webinar to bring together services that have completed the pilot MQS programme so we can capture their thoughts and experiences. We are keen to hear how working through the standards and achieving the Quality Mark has impacted on their service design and delivery.   If this is you, look out for your invitation soon!

And with all that said, we are very excited to announce that we are starting a new cohort of services for both the Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services and the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims of Sexual Violence.

We are now accepting applications for both programmes until midnight Friday 30th October.

The Accreditation workshop will be held virtually using video conferencing on the following dates:

  • Thursday 12th November for the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims of Sexual Violence and,
  • Thursday 26th November for the Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services. 

Further details can be found at www.limeculture.co.uk/accreditation. To discuss your service in more detail and apply to join the programme please contact accreditation@limeculture.co.uk.  We are looking forward to hearing from you. 

In the meantime, look out for our next blog post which will focus on our plans for Reaccreditation….


LimeCulture are recruiting a full time Training Manager

LimeCulture are looking to recruit and appoint a Training Manager to work with us on a full time basis (40 Hours p/w). This is an exciting opportunity to join the LimeCulture Core Team and work within our Training Division.

This is a full time Monday to Friday position where the post-holder is mainly home based but will be required to travel extensively (depending on Covid-19 restrictions) to deliver our range of training programmes to frontline professionals and organisations.

The Job Description and Person Specification for the Training Manager is attached below.

If you would like an informal discussion about this role, please contact Bernie.Ryan@limeculture.co.uk to arrange a suitable time to discuss.

If you would like to apply please send a cv and covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for the role by email to info@limeculture.co.uk. Please include ‘Training Manager’ in the subject line of your email. The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 18th September 2020.

Training Manager JD & Person Spec

LimeCulture are recruiting a National ISVA Coordinator

LimeCulture are looking to recruit and appoint a National ISVA Coordinator. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the set up and launch of an innovative pilot project, working closely with the police and to support victims of sexual violence of hard-to-reach groups.

The National ISVA Coordinator will be employed by LimeCulture for the duration of the pilot (and beyond if extended). However the post will be seconded into a specialist sexual violence service provider who will manage the day to day operation of a National Advice Line, which will be established as part of this pilot.

This is a full time Monday to Friday position where the post-holder is predominantly home based but will be required to travel intermittently to the provider for the purposes of induction and for some face to face supervision. The role will also require limited travel to other venues across the country during the set-up phase of the project.

The Job Description and Person Specification for the National ISVA Coordinator is attached below.

If you would like an informal discussion about this role, please contact Rebecca.Lunn@limeculture.co.uk to arrange a suitable time to discuss.

If you would like to apply please send a cv and covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for the role by email to info@limeculture.co.uk. Please include ‘National ISVA Coordinator’ in the subject line of your email. The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 24 July 2020.

Interviews will take place during the week commencing 27 July 2020.

National ISVA Coordinator (Advice Line) Job Description and Person Specification

LimeCulture Completes Series of (MoJ Funded) Coping & Connecting Online Sessions for ISVAs

LimeCulture has now completed the series of “Coping & Connecting’ Online Sessions that were funded by the Ministry of Justice, as part of their initiative to support frontline services respond to victims/survivors of sexual violence during the coronavirus outbreak. LimeCulture recognised the need to ensure that professionals were also supported during this challenging time, many of whom have had to completely adapt the way they provide support to their clients as a result of the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.

Our Training Director, Bernie Ryan says “I want to say thank you to all the ISVAs and ISVA Managers who participated with our Online Sessions. We’ve been overwhelmed with the demand and the uptake of the sessions’

The LimeCulture training team have been delivering 5 Online Sessions per week to ISVAs since the end of April, and throughout May & June. “We’ve connected with more than 240 ISVA from more than 60 ISVA Services, which is incredible. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive throughout and it is in no small part down to the ISVAs who were willing to connect with us and share their personal and professional experiences with their peers”. 

Its has been a privilege to connect with so many ISVAs during this challenging time – so thank you for joining us! The ISVA workforce is truly incredible & LimeCulture will continue to support & champion you and the vital support you provide.

LimeCulture Update – Our Planned Return to ‘Business As Usual’

Since the restrictions put in place to manage the Covid-19 outbreak, LimeCulture has been continuously monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of our staff and our clients. Although some of LimeCulture’s work has continued throughout this period, much of our work has been paused or postponed since the end of March 2020.

Naturally, at LimeCulture we are keen to get back to supporting our clients and return to ‘business as usual’ as soon as we are safely able to do so. In light of recent announcements, it is our intention to resume all of our work from 1 July 2020, wherever it is possible to do so. This includes working with the services enrolled on the Independent Accreditation Programme, continuing our Projects and Consultancy work, and resuming our schedule of training programmes.

We believe the majority of our work can either be delivered remotely or through practicing social distancing wherever necessary. We are currently working hard to embed risk assessment and ‘covid-safe’ plans to support us to deliver our work moving forward.

In relation to our schedule of training, we took the decision at the end of March (when the restrictions were first put in place) to postpone the majority of our training courses, with the exception of a small number of our courses suitable for online/virtual delivery.

We remain committed to delivering the following (postponed) courses as quickly as it is safe to do so:

  • ISVA Development Programme
  • Advanced Development Programme Electives for accredited ISVAs
  • Workshop for ISVA Managers
  • Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO) Development Programme
  • Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence
  • Crisis Worker Development Programme

We are currently working closely with our independent awarding body, NCFE, and our training venues to ensure the safety of our staff and delegates and assess whether alternate methods of delivery could reasonably be employed in the short term. Crucially, however, we are not willing to compromise on the standards of quality that our delegates have come to expect from LimeCulture training programmes. We are also determined to ensure that our delegates should continue to be guaranteed a rich and supportive learning experience, with the opportunity to interact meaningfully with our expert trainers and fellow delegates throughout the duration of our courses. As such, we have agreed that we will only deliver training using methods that allows delegates to authentically explore the content, embed the learning to shape operational practices and create relationships that continue to support them as professionals.

We will be making contact with delegates already booked onto the above (postponed) courses over the coming weeks to discuss new dates for the training courses. However, if you have any questions in the meantime then please do not hesitate to contact us via info@limeculture.co.uk

Best wishes from the LimeCulture Team

18 May 2020







Congratulations to Sir Keir Starmer


The team at LimeCulture Community Interest Company would like to extend their congratulations to Sir Keir Starmer, who was elected on Saturday as the new Leader of the Labour Party.

Keir is the Chair of LimeCulture CIC’s Independent Advisory Board and has undertaken this voluntary role since January 2018. During this time he has provided us with invaluable support and strategic advice, helping us to become the organisation that we are today. Keir has been a longstanding supporter of victims/survivors of sexual violence, and a passionate advocate of the need to improve the professional response to sexual violence.

Congratulations Keir, from all of us at LimeCulture!


LimeCulture Update: Impact of COVID-19 on Training Programmes

LimeCulture CIC are continuously monitoring the impact of COVID-19, along with all government advice as it becomes available. As such, we have made the decision to postpone all of our training programmes scheduled to take place between now and the end of April 2020. We will be making contact with all of the delegates who are booked and due to attend our training programmes during this timeframe.

We will, of course, continue to monitor the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our ability to deliver our scheduled training beyond April 2020 and will make updated statements and contact with our delegates as decisions are made in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately, at this moment in time, it is not yet possible to provide alternative dates for any training deliveries that need to be postponed. In common with everyone else, we do not know when we will return to ‘business as usual’ or when we can resume our training schedule. However, we are committed to delivering our training programmes as quickly as possible when it is safe to do so. We can confirm that anybody who is already booked to attend any of the training programmes that are postponed, will be guaranteed a place on rescheduled courses. Any training fees that have already been paid will be transferred to the new course dates.

Thank you in advance for your understanding at this challenging time. 

Best wishes to all our clients, partners and colleagues from everyone at LimeCulture CIC

25 March 2020

LimeCulture’s Plan to Manage Impact of Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Over the weekend, the Directors of LimeCulture put in place a plan for LimeCulture to manage the impact of Corona virus (COVID-19). Our plan will be continuously monitored by our Senior Management Team and any necessary changes made as required, and communicated as necessary.

At present, the Directors of LimeCulture have agreed that we will continue to operate a ‘business as usual’ model. This means that all of our training, events, reviews, site visits and meetings will go ahead as scheduled and planned. We will be working with our partners, including training venues, to ensure that hand-washing facilities and general standards of cleanliness are acceptable and in line with the Government’s advice.

In the event of changing Government advice, or should LimeCulture’s ability to deliver on our commitments become impossible, we will update our plan accordingly and communicate this with clients, customers and partners as quickly as possible in order to reduce the impact on others as best we can.

For more information about Corona Virus pleased visit the Government’s website for official advice. 

LimeLight Awards 2020: Shortlisted Nominations Announced!

LimeCulture are delighted to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 2020 LimeLight Awards. The winners will be revealed during a special ceremony at the 5thNational Conference for Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) on Thursday 5 March 2020.

Once again, here at LimeCulture we have been absolutely blown away by the nominations that have been sent in for this years’ LimeLight Awards. We’ve received a huge number of nominations in each of the four categories, which is absolutely fantastic and shows the commitment to support these awards.

All of the categories have now been carefully considered as part of the shortlisting process, which was completed in two stages; an initial sift (which selected 6 nominations in each category) and a final sift (which selected 3 nominations from the initial sift in each category). These two stages were conducted independently of one another and by different members of the LimeCulture Core Team so as to be as fair and objective as possible.

LimeLight Awards – Shortlisted Nominees 2020

Award 1: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Adults

This category looks to celebrate excellent practice carried out by UK-based individual ISVAs. This LimeLight Award celebrates the achievements of an individual ISVA supporting adults who have demonstrated commitment, passion and exceptional encouragement and support for their adult clients.

Our 2020 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Meryl Bryan – East Kent Rape Crisis 
  2. Gayna Williams – Survivors Manchester
  3. Yvonne Raybone – Amethyst SARC

Award 2: Vicky Bardsley Prize: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Children & Young People

This LimeLight Award is in honour and memory of Vicky Bardsley, an accredited ISVA who worked at Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) supporting Children and Young People. Vicky sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2015 leaving behind her family, many friends and her committed colleagues at RSVP, and a positive legacy for the many sexually abused children and young people that she has supported.

This LimeLight Award celebrates the achievements of an individual ISVA supporting children and young people who has demonstrated commitment, passion and exceptional encouragement and support for their young clients.

Our 2020 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Kirsty Stupple – Castle Service (Victim Support Lincolnshire)
  2. Yvonne Howarth – St.Mary’s SARC Manchester
  3. Stephanie Atkinson – Imara, Nottingham

Award 3: ISVA Team/Service Innovation Award

This award looks to recognise UK-based ISVA teams or services of all sizes and sectors who are leading the way in the provision of ISVA services. This LimeLight award seeks to reward an ISVA team or service that has made a significant contribution to supporting their clients.

Our 2020 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. St Mary’s SARC
  2. Arch North East
  3. Amethyst SARC

Award 4: Inspirational ISVA Manager

This category looks to reward UK-based Managers of ISVA Teams or Services. This LimeLight Award seeks to recognise and reward an ISVA Manager who has taken a fresh approach to leading, developing and managing an ISVA Service or Team.

Our 2020 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Holli Waterson – RASASC Cheshire and Merseyside
  2. Alisha Thomas – Victim Support West Yorkshire
  3. Cath Wakeman – Imara, Nottingham

LimeCulture would like to congratulate each of the nominees that has been shortlisted for a LimeLight Award. With the existence of such a committed and dynamic ISVA workforce, to be nominated for a LimeLight Award is a great achievement. Each of the shortlisted nominees should be extremely proud of this important professional achievement.

We would also like to express our thanks to everybody who took the time to nominate an ISVA, ISVA Team or a Manager for a LimeLight Award. There are clearly a whole range of individuals, teams and Managers providing excellent services throughout the country!  From reading the impressive nominations, is clear to us at LimeCulture that all of the nominees are truly appreciated by others, whether it be peers, colleagues, managers and/or the people that they support. Well done to each and every one of you!

The shortlisted nominations will be reviewed by Katy Woodger who is a member of LimeCulture’s Independent Advisory Board. Katy has been given the responsibility of selecting the winner of each category, which will be announced at the National Conference for ISVAs on Thursday 5 March 2020.

Through the introduction of the LimeLight Awards in 2016, LimeCulture was seeking to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individual ISVAs, ISVA Teams and ISVA Managers who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence through their work.

We are delighted that the awards are now in their 5th year and are growing from strength to strength with more nominations being submitted each year.

At LimeCulture we believe that ISVAs deserve to be properly recognised for the important, challenging and professional work they do to support those who have experienced sexual violence. The LimeLight Awards are intended to be a first step in the direction of professional recognition of ISVAs and their services.

Luke Martin joins LimeCulture to develop Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Domestic Abuse

LimeCulture is delighted to announce that Luke Martin has joined their team as a Consultant Project Manager to lead the development of new Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Domestic Abuse. 

This exciting project is being funded by the Home Office and will seek to engage commissioners, service providers and importantly, male victims/survivors of domestic abuse, in the development of new standards that aim to improve quality and consistency of the services available to support males.

Luke brings with him a wealth of professional knowledge and experience in the domestic abuse sector. His impressive career includes working as a frontline professional supporting victims/survivors and as a trainer working with frontline professionals to develop their skills to support victims/survivors. Luke has also previously worked within a Local Authority, which provided him with invaluable experience of working within a commissioning organisation responsible for domestic abuse services. He is an adept project manager, with experience of delivering similar projects to support male victims/survivors. 


In the coming weeks, Luke will be begin consulting with professionals and services currently supporting males, commissioners and funders of domestic abuse services, and directly with male victims/survivors of domestic abuse in order to:

  • gather information which will enable us to develop Quality Standard that are fit for purpose and address the quality expectations of services supporting males
  • seek professional and service providers views on the scope of the quality standards, and what they should include
  • engage with male victims/survivors about their experiences of accessing support services to ensure their views are central to the development of the Quality Standards. 

For more information about the development of the Quality Standards for Male Victims/Survivors of Domestic Abuse please contact Luke.Martin@limeculture.co.uk