WMRSASC is keeping up to date with and following Government guidance around infection control. Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers and the sexual violence and abuse survivors we support is our number one priority. Following Government advice we have made the decision to adapt the way in which we work and provide support to our clients. Until we have further guidance the offices of WMRSASC will be closed for face to face support. All outreach face to face support are also suspended.
What does this mean in practice?
- We will continue to provide one to one counselling and advocacy support to survivors either online or by phone
- We will continue to take referrals via our online referral or via our helpline
- We will carry out initial meetings by telephone or online
- Our work within schools has been postponed
- The delivery of internal and external training is postponed and we are exploring online alternatives
We are doing all we can to ensure we can continue to provide much-needed services, and are particularly mindful of the increased risk of social isolation and detrimental impacts on mental health of the necessary current social distancing and infection control measures.
Our staff have the ability to work from home and can remotely access our systems in an efficient and secure IT environment, as if they were working from one of our offices.
We understand that is a difficult time and we will do our best to provide regular updates about all our services by email, website and our social media.
Whatever happens, we want victims and survivors of rape, child sexual abuse and all forms of sexual violence to know that we are still here and you are not alone.