I am responsible for the day to day oversight of the organisation, including planning and finance. I am also our usual media spokeswoman, and the first point of contact if you have any comments about how the organisation is running. I have been with the organisation since 2011, starting out in the role of Volunteer Co-ordinator. I have also worked in both the mental health sector, and human resources sector, and have a passion for inspiring other women to reach their potential. Working with an organisation like OSARCC has changed my life for the better, and though I hate all forms of violence against women and girls, it's this which fuels me to work alongside a committed and dedicated team of staff and volunteers who are working to change this.
Ellie: Volunteer & Outreach Co-ordinator
I'm the Volunteer & Outreach Co-ordinator at OSARCC and was previously a helpline and email volunteer. I've been with OSARCC in these different roles since 2011. I look after the welfare, training and organisation of our volunteer team, run our external training days, help co-ordinate our fundraising and community work, and am developing our youth outreach programme. So if you have questions about volunteering with us, are interested in fundraising for us, or want to know how we can come and help your organisation provide better support to survivors, then I'm probably the person you want. My favourite part of working for OSARCC is getting to meet and work with a group of amazing women, all committed to making a difference for survivors of sexual violence
Amanda: Counselling Co-ordinator
As Coordinator of our new face to face Counselling service, I am responsible for setting up a high quality service reflecting OSARCC's core values and principles. This includes establishing our service standards, recruiting and training counselling volunteers, and assessing service users' counselling needs and getting the right match with counsellors. I was delighted to join OSARCC in February and to feel so warmly welcomed into the team. My counselling background is mainly with refugees and asylum seekers (at Refugee Resource and in London), many of whom have suffered sexual violence, and with other forms of trauma. I have also worked in teaching, anti-racist education and international development in the past and bring a passion and commitment to diversity and equality in service development and delivery. I am inspired by my experience that women can both heal and be empowered after suffering from sexual violence experiences and that women are naturally really good at supporting each other.
Siriol: Independent Sexual Violence Advocate
As the Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) at OSARCC, I provide one-to-one support for women, usually around the Criminal Justice System or in accessing practical support. If you have questions about the police or legal system related to sexual violence or other forms of support, I'm probably the person to ask. I started at the organisation as a helpline volunteer in 2011 and had a variety of volunteer roles including delivering training and co-facilitating our support groups before becoming an ISVA in 2014. I offer face-to-face support to women around Oxfordshire, meaning that I travel around quite a lot. Before starting as an ISVA I worked for the charity Mind, and before that for Stop Hate UK. I love working in an environment where I am surrounded by inspiring and supportive women!
Asia: Administration Officer
I have worked with OSARCC since 2012 as a helpline and email volunteer and I currently work part-time as the Administration Officer. I support staff, volunteers and trustees with day-to-day admin tasks, external communication and data collection. I also put together the internal and external newsletters and actively work with publicity research in order to promote our services within Oxfordshire. If you require any publicity materials from us please contact me and I will be very happy to help you. I am proud to be a part of a group of incredible women who work together to challenge inequality and discrimination towards women and girls, to prevent sexual violence and to raise public awareness on women's rights.
Helen Evans: Chair
As Chair of the Board I have the pleasure of chairing OSARCC's Board meetings and line managing the organisation's Director (Lisa Ward). I first became involved with OSARCC as a volunteer on the helpline in 2009, and was later involved in the establishment and running of its support groups. In 2012 I was appointed as a Trustee to the Board and shortly after took up the role of Chair. In my working life I was until recently Global Head of Safeguarding for Oxfam GB; a role tasked with addressing sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrated by charity workers. Prior to this appointment I held various HR management roles in the both the charity and private sector.
Our other trustees are:
Tracey Lott: Treasurer
Amelia Van Manen: Secretary
Anne Peake: Safeguarding Lead
Volunteers are the beating heart of OSARCC. They run our helpline and email support, co-facilitate our support groups, help with fundraising and offer administrative support. If you would like to find out more about joining our award winning team, please visit our volunteering page.