Volunteers wanted for vital project

A SEXUAL violence project is on the look-out for women to volunteer for its new advisory board.

Grace, which runs the Rape Crisis Helpline, is looking for women from across the county to join its Northumberland Advisory Board where they will provide support and advice to the staff and trustees.

The support will ensure the project focuses on the needs of women and becomes embedded as a key service in the county.

Andrea Perrett, Northumberland development worker at Grace, said: “Northumberland is such a vast county and I feel we only represent the views of a small part of it.

“We would love women to join the group from all parts of Northumberland to broaden our understanding of what women in the county want from a rape and sexual violence service.

“Women who have experienced rape and sexual abuse often are too frightened or ashamed to seek help.

“We want women in Northumberland to know that there is nothing to be ashamed about and we can help.

“The members of the advisory group can help us promote this message and help us deliver a service that supports women when and how they need it.

Volunteers will bring a range of skills, knowledge and understanding to areas including supporting victims of sexual violence, criminal justice and sexual violence, funding, voluntary and community sector networks and statutory or public bodies involvement in sexual violence such as local councils, health service, and police.

While the role is intended to be advisory rather than decision making or directional, it might interest those who wish to operate at a strategic level without the formal responsibilities associated with most strategic roles.

For information or an application, go to www.tynesidercc.org.uk/grace.htm or contact Joy Bryant on (0191) 222 0272 or e-mail enquiries@tynesidercc.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Wednesday. February 6.