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SEEDS to grow a powerful voice

SEEDS to grow a powerful voice

SEEDS to grow a powerful voice

Three Domestic Abuse Survivors, from Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid, have been successful in their application to become SEEDS representatives in the Neath Port Talbot area.

SEEDS (Survivors Empowering and Educating Services) is a survivor participation project that gives women who have lived through all forms of domestic violence and abuse the opportunity to share their experiences and influence change.

SEEDS aims to work with women who have survived violence and abuse to grow a powerful voice to create survivor informed services.

“These 3 Domestic Abuse Survivors are incredibly passionate about supporting each other and others who have experienced Domestic Abuse. They are excited to have their voices heard on a national level to help shape future policies and services.” – Karen Todd, Senior Family Support Officer

The project provides training, support and resources, as well as a safe space where survivors can learn from and encourage one another.

The scheme works in partnership with agencies across the public and voluntary sector to provide platforms where survivors can have a voice to inform the planning, development and delivery of violence against women services, including domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Survivors can get their voice heard and develop local, regional and national trained survivor representatives.

The project will empower women to speak out to improve the way that survivors are supported and protected through putting their experiences and ideas at the heart of services.

In the last year, SEEDS participants have been involved in a range of engagement and awareness raising activities including:

  • Working with the Welsh Government on its violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence campaign(VAWDASV)
  • Interviews with BBC and ITV to raise awareness of financial abuse and coercive control
  • Informing Cardiff Local Authority’s domestic abuse commissioning process
  • Speaking about survivors experiences at seminars, conferences and other events
  • Attending various action groups and meetings as a survivor representative
  • Working with Welsh Women’s Aid to develop their VAWDASV campaign
  • Attending focus groups to share views and opinions on services and experiences

Our SEEDS representatives have started their induction training and it will be amazing to see their progress over the coming months; we cannot wait to watch them on this new journey of empowerment.

Want to get involved?

Welsh Women’s Aid usually recruit to the project twice a year. They hope to have their next recruitment drive in June/July 2018. Details on the application process will be posted here