Sarah West, a postgraduate researcher at Coventry University, is running a series of workshops with survivors who have been supported by people in their personal networks, such as their friends, partners or family members (informal support), and people who have supported survivors informally. The overall aim of the project is to collaboratively develop resources that can help people who are supporting survivors in the future.   

They are looking for:

The project is keen to hear from adults (18+) of all ages, genders, sexual orientations and ethnic and racial backgrounds who live in the UK and have relevant experiences. You will not be asked to give details of the sexual violence or abuse that you/the person supported experienced. 

What is involved

Taking part would involve attending one or more small group workshop(s) where we will collaborate to develop resources for informal supporters. Workshops will last around 2-3 hours and will be arranged for a time convenient to all who wish to take part – this may be evenings or weekends, depending on group preferences. You can choose whether to take part online or attend in person in Coventry if you live nearby.  There is no expectation for you to share details of your personal experiences as the focus is on creating the resources; all activities are optional, and you can withdraw at any time. 

Closing date: September 2024

If you apply for this opportunity please let the organisers know you found it through Shaping Our Lives. Thank you!

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