RASASC is delighted to have been selected to benefit from two grants helping to ensure it can continue its vital work supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse across Surrey.
The first grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, is spread over four years and has allowed RASASC to employ a full time Communications and Engagement Manager, as well as support RASASC’s outreach work in the local community.
The second grant, spread over six months, is from the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund to support their Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs), to help keep this essential service running throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
ISVAs work directly with survivors of rape and sexual assault, advising and supporting them to make informed choices to help rebuild their lives. One of the main issues for the service during coronavirus, has been somewhere safe, secure, private and accessible for ISVAs and survivors to meet. The Coronavirus Community Support Fund grant will be used to secure such a venue.
RASASC Chief Officer, Lesley Devonport said:
“We’re delighted to receive these grants to help ensure our vital work with survivors of rape and sexual assault can continue unhindered throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“By also funding a Communications and Engagement Manager post and our outreach work, we can expand our reach and ultimately support more survivors of rape and sexual abuse across Surrey.”