10 new services join Independent Accreditation Programme for Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence

Earlier this year, thanks to funding from the Home Office, the Male Survivors Partnership in conjunction with LimeCulture CIC, announced that 10 new services would be able to participate in the Independent Accreditation Programme for the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence in 2019 free of charge!

The services who have successfully applied for a place on the programme starting in March are:

1. RASA Merseyside Counselling Service
2. RSVP Counselling Service
3. The Green House
4. Blue Sky Centre SARC
5. PARCS Counselling service
6. The Birchall Trust
7. St Mary’s SARC ISVA Service
8. Harbour Centre SARC ISVA Service Harbour Centre Norfolk Logo
9. The Sunderland Counselling Service
10. Kinergy

 

 

 

Background information

Since their launch in January 2018, the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence have been downloaded hundreds of times, and we already have over thirty services that are working towards accreditation.  This means many services are already working to improve consistency, practice and the overall quality of services supporting male victims/survivors.

The Quality Standards and the Implementation Guidance for Commissioners and Service Providers are available online, free of charge: http://www.malesurvivor.co.uk/implementation-guidance-online.pdf

 

There are 24 Quality Standards across four domains; Leadership & Governance, Access & Engagement, Service Delivery and Outcomes & Evaluation. They set out the expectations of the organisation’s leadership, staff and also the client experience.  The Quality Standards create a framework and benchmark that can be used to develop and improve service provision for male victims/survivors, in particular recognising their gender-based needs.

Sitting alongside the Quality Standards is the Independent Accreditation Programme, delivered by LimeCulture CIC.   The programme will award a Quality Mark to services that demonstrate they meet the Quality Standards through a robust and independent accreditation process of documentary evidence review, interviews and site visits.

The length of time for a service to reach accreditation will vary from service to service and will depend on a number of factors including, for example, how far the service has to go to meet the Quality Standards, and/or how quickly the service can provide evidence to the independent accreditation team to show that they meet the Quality Standards.  The independent accreditation team work with services to identify the appropriate timescales, based on initial self-assessment, service capacity and functions and location of the services being accredited.

Ordinarily, the cost of joining the Independent Accreditation Programme is £3,500 + VAT which covers a service, which is based at a single site.  However the Home Office funding has enabled us to offer 10 services the opportunity to join the Independent Accreditation Programme free of charge!

For further information or an informal discussion please contact the Independent Accreditation Team on 0203 6330018 or email accreditation@limeculture.co.uk and we will be happy to discuss your requirements

LimeCulture Promotes ‘Self-Care’

This week has seen the LimeCulture staff come together in Manchester for our regular planning  & update meeting. As an organisation that works nationally, our core team members live in different locations across England, so we regularly make time to come together to update, share and plan our work collectively as a team. Our busy schedules and the demands of our work mean that we are all often working in different locations from week to week. By coming together, we are able to share our successes, raise our concerns and highlight any themes that impact on our work as a team.

Our team meeting this month focused on ‘Self-care’ – an important topic that is so often overlooked by many employers. LimeCulture has recently been asked to develop self-care training to frontline professionals working in safeguarding roles. As part of the development of this new course aimed at frontline professionals working at the sharp end of difficult cases, we recognised that while self-care is crucial for them, it is also important for everyone else too. “Self-care shouldn’t be seen as be as exclusive for those who have difficult jobs, or as an afterthought for those who are already stressed out by their jobs” says Phil Doorgachurn, LimeCulture’s Director of Safeguarding in Sport. “taking care of yourself is what enables you to do your job…regardless of your role, your grade, your responsibilities,”

“At LimeCulture our staff are our most important asset. Our organisation is only as good as the people we employ so we want to make sure that they are happy and healthy, and actively taking steps to make sure they remain that way” explains Phil, who developed the training alongside Bernie Ryan, LimeCulture’s Director of Training and Development. “Our work lives are demanding, we work hard to deliver for our clients, often with pressures and conflicting demands on our time” says Phil “We wouldn’t be so effective if we weren’t all looking after our selves properly”.

 

LimeCulture decided to take a whole team approach to self-care, by making it the focus of our team meeting. Bernie and Phil delivered the new ‘Self-care’ training to the rest of the LimeCulture team, focusing on the things we do to look after ourselves individually and how this is working for us.

“Everybody has competing demands in their lives, whether this is family commitments, financial constraints, social events, anything else that means you are pulled in different directions. When you add the pressures of your job to the mix it can be difficult to make sure that you look after yourself properly’ says Phil. ‘Taking a bit of time to prioritise yourself each day is key to staying on top”.

Everybody will have different approaches to looking after themselves and so the LimeCulture team looked at the ways they practice self care individually and whether there is more that they could be doing. “For some people, a walk round the block can be all it takes to clear their head, for others a full workout at the gym will recharge their batteries’ explains Phil, “It might be that making a bit of time to read a book, or write a list, or see a friend will contribute to a more balanced life”.

The feedback on the “self-care’ training from the LimeCulture team was excellent. Joint Chief Executive Kim Doyle commented “It was absolutely fantastic to take time out to focus on our self care. We could have been a tough audience – all of the members of our team are very able professionals who operate at a high level in the field of sexual violence and safeguarding – but the team absolutely recognised that looking after ourselves properly is a key contributor to our individual and collective success’.  Each member of the LimeCulture team now has an individual ‘self care plan’, which were discussed and developed as part of the training. “I am really proud that at LimeCulture we have enabled each member of our team to take responsibility for prioritising taking care of themselves. This is good for each member of the team personally, but will also makes us stronger as a team’.

 

LimeCulture’s Self Care training is now available for delivery to teams of professionals.

If you are interested in this 1-day interactive workshop contact info@limeCulture.co.uk for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applications now open for 10 new services to join the Independent Accreditation Programme for the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims / Survivors of Sexual Violence

Following funding from the Home Office, the Male Survivors Partnership in conjunction with LimeCulture CIC, has announced that 10 new services will be able to participate in the Independent Accreditation Programme for the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence in 2019 free of charge! Since their launch in January 2018, the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence have been downloaded hundreds of times, and we already have over thirty services are working towards accreditation.  That means many services are already working to improve consistency, practice and the overall quality of services supporting male victims/survivors.

The Quality Standards and the Implementation Guidance for Commissioners and Service Providers are available online, free of charge: http://www.malesurvivor.co.uk/implementation-guidance-online.pdf. There are 24 Quality Standards across four domains; Leadership & Governance, Access & Engagement, Service Delivery and Outcomes & Evaluation. They set out the expectations of the organisation’s leadership and staff and also the client experience.  The Quality Standards create a framework and benchmark that can be used to develop and improve service provision for male victims/survivors, in particular recognising their gender-based needs.

Sitting alongside the Quality Standards is the Independent Accreditation Programme, delivered by LimeCulture CIC.   The programme will award a Quality Mark to services that demonstrate they meet the Quality Standards through a robust and independent accreditation process of documentary evidence review, interviews and site visits.

Ordinarily, the cost of joining the Independent Accreditation Programme is £3,500 + VAT which covers a service, which is based at a single site.  However the Home Office funding has enabled us to offer 10 services the opportunity to join the Independent Accreditation Programme free of charge!

If you would like to join, please ensure you submit your application and self-assessment before 5pm on Friday 25th January 2019 and we will notify services as soon as possible if they have been successful. Please note, as the Home Office funding allows for 10 new services, submission of an application does not guarantee a place on this intake. 

The application form including self-assessment are available from our website here.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact the Independent Accreditation Team on 0203 6330018 or email accreditation@limeculture.co.uk and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.

 

Quality Standards for ISVA Services – Independent Accreditation Programme Launch

In October 2018 at the National ISVA Conference in Birmingham, LimeCulture CIC launched the Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services.

The development of these new Quality Standards included consultation with a wide range of ISVA services, commissioners and individuals who have accessed ISVA services.

LimeCulture CIC launched the Quality Standards for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services at the National ISVA Conference in Birmingham on 17 October 2018.

They are made up of 20 individual standards across four domains; Leadership & Governance, Access & Engagement, Service Delivery and Outcomes & Evaluation.

The Quality Standards create a framework and benchmark that can be used to develop and improve ISVA service provision. They set out the expectations for the organisational leadership and staff and the client experience.

The Quality Standards and the implementation guidance for commissioners and service providers are available online https://limeculture.co.uk/accreditation free of charge and include information about the background and process of their development.

The main purpose of these Quality Standards is to improve consistency, practice and the overall quality of ISVA services across the UK. They create a framework and can be used as a benchmark to drive up standards and improve ISVA service provision.

During the development and consultation phases, ISVA service providers and commissioners reported that ensuring a robust process to independently determine whether ISVA Services are meeting the Quality Standards should be prioritised. To this end, LimeCulture is launching an Independent Accreditation Programme for ISVA services wishing to adopt and implement these Quality Standards. Services assessed as meeting the Quality Standards will achieve a Quality Mark.

Since launching the standards we have received expressions of interest for the independent accreditation programme from commissioners and providers across the United Kingdom.

In order to manage the demand, we will be allowing ISVA Services to join the Independent Accreditation Programme at scheduled intakes throughout 2019. The intakes are scheduled every two months throughout the year, and places will be allocated on the next available intake.

The first accreditation workshop will take place in mid-February 2019 (location to be confirmed).

Details on the accreditation process including timescale, costs and the application form (which includes a self-assessment) are now available from our website https://limeculture.co.uk/accreditation

Applications should be submitted before the 5pm on Friday 11 January 2019 and we will notify services as soon as possible which intake they can join.  In order to proceed we will require payment information (purchase order confirmation or equivalent).

For further information or an informal discussion please contact the Independent Accreditation Team on 0203 6330018 or email accreditation@limeculture.co.uk and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.

LimeLight Awards 2018. The Winners are……

The 4th National ISVA Conference, ‘Knowledge & Network’, hosted by the Chair of LimeCulture’s Advisory Board, Keir Starmer QC MP, took place on 17 September 2018 in Birmingham. It was another fantastic event with ISVAs coming together from across England and Wales to share knowledge, learn about topics that affect their practice and network with their peers.

LimeCulture introduced the LimeLight Awards in 2016 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/survivors of sexual violence through their work.

Here at LimeCulture, we were once again absolutely blown away by the nominations for this years’ LimeLight Awards. We received a huge number of nominations in each of the four categories, which  shows the commitment and support to these important awards.

We are thrilled to report the WINNERS of the 2018 LimeLight Awards are:

Award 1: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Adults went to Rachel Bloomer of Safelink

Katy Woodger, Member of the LimeCulture Independent Advisory Board, said of the winner Rachel Bloomer “All three shortlisted nominees for this award have achieved above and beyond their roles, they all manage large and often complex caseloads, but for her exemplary work in engaging with those who have learning disabilities and mental health support needs, the award goes to Rachael Bloomer”

Photo: Rachel Bloomer of Safelink © 2018 by Geoff Reardon Photography

 

Award 2: The Vicky Bardsley Prize: Oustanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Children & Young People went to Hannah Mart of Amethyst SARC

“Fantastic work is being done with energy and enthusiasm by all three of the shortlisted ISVAs in this category.  However, the winner has quite literally gone the extra mile. For her dedication to her job and in raising funds by climbing Snowdon to do it!”

Photo: Hannah Mart of Amethyst SARC © 2018 by Geoff Reardon Photography

 

Award 3: Exceptional ISVA Team went to Notts SVS Services- ISVA Team

“All the teams nominated for this award demonstrate an exceptional level of support to their clients and fellow team members. In recognition of this and the outstanding support offered by this team to those in prison and those who have been involved in institutional abuse cases”

Photo: Notts SVS Services- ISVA Team© 2018 by Geoff Reardon Photography

 

Award 4: Inspirational ISVA Manager went to Michelle Mountfort of The Havens, London

“All the Managers nominated for this award are inspirational leaders. However, this year’s award goes to a Manager who is attentive, approachable and supportive

Photo: Michelle Mountfort of The Havens, London © 2018 by Geoff Reardon Photography

LimeCulture would like to thank everybody who nominated an ISVA, an ISVA Team or an ISVA Manager to make the 2018 LimeLight Awards a great success! We would also like to say congratulations to the 4 individual ISVAs, 2 Managers and 2 ISVA Teams who were shortlisted for the 2018 awards across all 4 categories- a fantastic achievement in itself due to the quality of the services provided by the 110+ ISVA Teams now working across the UK.

LimeLight Awards 2018: Shortlisted Nominations Announced

LimeCulture are delighted to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 2018 LimeLight Awards. The winners will be revealed during a special ceremony at the 4th National Conference for ISVAs on Wednesday 17 October 2018.

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 2018

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 2018 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Abby Dowson– Arch North East
  2. Rachel Bloomer – Safelink 
  3. Helen Race – Survivors Network

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 the 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 2018 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Shannon Little – Victim Support West Yorkshire ISVA Service
  2. Hannah Mart – Amethyst SARC
  3. Katrina Blake RSVP

Award 3: Exceptional ISVA Team

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 2018 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Notts SVS Services ISVA Team
  2. St Mary’s SARC ISVA Team
  3. Survivors Network ISVA Team

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.

  1. Michelle Mountford – The Havens, SARCS for London
  2. Sally Hutton – Guildford RASASC
  3. Gemma Malfesi – Notts SVS Services

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 Tuesday 17 October 2018

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 3rd 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.

Supporting Older People advanced training for ISVAs gets off to an ‘Outstanding’ Start

This week LimeCulture has launched a brand new Elective of the Advanced Development programme (ADP) for accredited ISVAs. Elective 3 is our new 2-day course ‘Supporting Older People’, which aims to equip ISVAs with the confidence and competence to effectively support older people who have experienced sexual violence.

The course has been developed by LimeCulture’s Training Team in partnership with SafeLives (who will be delivering equivalent training to IDVAs) and AgeUK, who provided their expertise around how best to engage and work with older people.

 

LimeCulture has developed the Advanced Development Programme as continued professional development for ISVAs. The Electives have been developed to be provide additional modules of training allowing ISVAs to gain specific knowledge and skills in supporting specific clients groups.

“The role of an ISVA is challenging” says Bernie Ryan, LimeCulture’s Training and Development Director. “There is so much they need to know and understand in order to support people and perform their role  effectively. Therefore it is vital that they receive appropriate training to become the highly skilled professionals that they need to be”.  Bernie explains that LimeCulture’s core training programme offered to new or untrained ISVAs – the ISVA Development Programme, a 6-modular course comprising of  12 days training, is absolutely key to the role of the ISVA. ‘The training focuses on critical key components of the role such as, understanding the role of the ISVA including responsibilities and relationships with other professionals, boundaries of the role, identification, assessment and management of risk and support needs, safeguarding, criminal and civil justice processes.  All elements of this course are crucial to ensure that ISVAs are equipped to perform their duties and ensure safety of their clients, themselves and their employing organisation ”.

LimeCulture teach their ISVA Development Programme over a 6-month period, with a 2-day module taking place each month. “This allows the ISVAs the time and space to learn and reflect on their practice without being overwhelmed by the intensity of the information that is contained within the course” explains Bernie. The ISVA Development Programme provides ISVAs with the core knowledge and skills they need and to ultimately pass the strict accreditation requirements associated with the LimeCulture ISVA Development Programme.

 In addition to the core programme, LimeCulture offer ongoing training and development opportunities with their Advanced Development Programmes explains Bernie. “We know that clients have individual needs, and therefore ISVAs have the opportunity to gain additional skills and knowledge to support them effectively. For example, an ISVA who supports children and young people must have all the core skills and competencies required to undertake the ISVA role, yet they will also need additional training to work effectively with children and young people in an environment that is significantly different to supporting adults. The same goes for working with sex workers, or supporting people who are suicidal and have ongoing mental health difficulties, or people who have been exploited by gangs, and so on”.

 Bernie explains that LimeCulture developed the Advanced Development Programme as a means of adding important specialist training to the professional toolbox required by ISVAs. “It’s an important principle that ISVA should be accessing ongoing professional training to keep themselves and their practice up to date, so we created the ADP as a means to enhance the skills and knowledge of ISVAs by providing them with a range of electives that are relevant to their professional practice and keep them progressing, learning and developing as professional ISVAs.”

Bernie explains the ADP was created because of ISVAs sharing their concerns with LimeCulture about certain topics or specifically requesting training in key areas. “We are always looking to add new Electives to support ISVAs in  their roles more effectively. So we are absolutely delighted to be able to offer the 3rd ADP Elective which focuses on supporting older people. Older people are a client group who face additional barriers to engagement following sexual assault but also have quite distinct needs when it comes to how best to support them”.

This week in Manchester, LimeCulture’s trainers delivered Elective 3 for the first time to 18 experienced ISVAs. “The LimeCulture Training Team has been developing the course content and material for months now and its been absolutely brilliant to work alongside specialists to ensure that our training really enables ISVAs to engage and support older people in an effective way. We have been so excited about delivering this course and we believe it will really make a difference to how ISVA support is delivered to this client group”. Generally, not much is known about older people in relation to sexual violence. “They are a largely hidden group of people, who don’t routinely come forward to report abuse or access support but we know that they are vulnerable and older people do experience sexual violence, so at LimeCulture we wanted to do more to make ISVA services more accessible to older people and their needs”.

Bernie says she is “absolutely thrilled” with how well the new course went this week, with feedback from the ISVAs far exceeding her expectations. “The feedback has been absolutely brilliant. As it was the 1st delivery of the new course, we specifically asked the ISVAs to really consider their feedback and tell us if anything should be changed or altered, to support its further development and suggest improvement for future delegates. We are delighted by how well the training was received and the engagement of all the ISVAs attending this course in Manchester”.

One ISVA wrote “This elective has been outstanding. I’ve never really considered the needs of older people before, but after this course I can see that it is vital that we recognise supporting them as a key area of specialism – in the same way we do with supporting children”. Another ISVAs wrote “the ADP is a fantastic vehicle for experienced ISVAs to come to LimeCulture, benefit from your trainers awesome knowledge, meet other ISVAs from other areas and different services to grow as a professional. ADP 3 does not disappoint. Another fantastic learning experience”.

Bernie says this kind of feedback is exactly what she aspires to. “LimeCulture continues to be the leading ISVA training provider and we take that position and privilege very seriously indeed. We know that the overwhelming majority of ISVA services choose us to train their staff because of the quality of the training we provide. Our training is continually updated and reviewed to make sure it is up to date and fit for purpose. We also know that ISVAs benefit from being brought together, so we place great weight on the peer relationships created on our training courses”. Bernie explains how, as the leading provider of ISVA training, LimeCulture is able to bring together ISVAs from a range of service providers so that ISVAs can learn from each other and improve their practice by sharing their own experiences, good or bad. “For us, the key to our success is making sure that the ISVAs can gain knowledge and skills from our expert trainers, but also from each other with their different experiences, services and employers. We encourage group interaction and sharing of experiences and that’s what makes our training so rich and our feedback consistently excellent overall.”

 

LimeCulture is offering 100 LimeCulture trained ISVAs free places on the ADP 3 courses taking place between now and March 2019.

If you have not yet booked a place on one of the courses, please do so via the ADP Elective 3 online booking form.

 

 

 

 

Click here to book Elective 1: Supporting Clients with Specific Needs

Click here to book Elective 2: Supporting Children and Young people

Members required to join a new Working Group to oversee LimeCulture’s Spreading Excellence Project

LimeCulture is delighted to announce their exciting new project. ‘Spreading Excellence’ is a Home Office funded project that has been created by LimeCulture to support the sexual violence sector to ensure excellent services are available for victims/survivors.

The Spreading Excellence project aims to improve the capacity and capability of the sexual violence sector to make certain that high-quality and effective services are available for all. This will be achieved through the influence and engagement of service users, service providers, commissioners and policy leads working together collaboratively.

We are looking to establish a new national Working Group to oversee the schedule of work for the Spreading Excellence Project. We are keen to ensure members of the Working Group are representative of the sexual violence sector, and that service users, service providers, commissioners and policy leads are equally represented.  The creation of the Working Group presents a real opportunity to ensure that new ideas, thinking and plans are encouraged to flourish and develop to contribute to the spread of excellence throughout the sexual violence sector. As we strive to develop the sexual violence sector, new and emerging voices are actively encouraged to apply to join the Working Group.

To this end, we are looking to recruit Working Group members who are:

  • Passionate about developing the sexual violence sector
  • Committed to working collaboratively to bring about meaningful change
  • Dedicated to promoting and sharing excellent practice to raise sector standards

Working Group members will be expected to attend two meetings in London, which will take place during Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019 (dates to be announced).

Please note: These are voluntary positions and it will not be possible to renumerate members for their time or travel, although a bursary contribution may be accessible for service-users and service providers.

LimeCulture are seeking expressions of interest from individuals who would like to become members of the Spreading Excellence Working Group. If you would like to express an interest, please email Spreading.Excellence@limeculture.co.uk by 12 noon Monday 1 October 2018.

Please provide a brief summary of your background and/or experience and why you would like to become a member of the Spreading Excellence Working Group.

If you would like an informal discussion about the Working Group please call 0203 633 0018.

 

 

 

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.