A brilliant birthday fundraiser for Nexus!

One of the founding members of our Client Forum, Sharon Henry, recently used her 50th birthday celebrations as a special way to raise funds for our work by foregoing gifts and asking instead for charitable donations. Sharon’s kind gesture has helped to raise a fantastic sum of £400! Commenting on her fundraising efforts, Sharon said: “As a member of the Nexus Client Forum, I’m very aware of the fantastic and life-saving work that they do for women, men and children all across Northern Ireland. Nexus currently has more than 600 people on its waiting list and I wanted to do whatever I could to help. I had a fantastic birthday party in the Thunderdome in Glengormley surrounded by family and friends and I would like to thank everyone who helped…
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Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE Break the Silence Conference Monday 5th February 2018 Key note address from Sammy Woodhouse – Author, Campaigner and Survivor of Rotherham Abuse Scandal To open Sexual Violence and Abuse Awareness Week 2018, Nexus NI are hosting our Break the Silence Conference.  With expert speakers, challenging discussion and the voice of the victim at its core, this conference is an important one for anyone working with or interested in supporting victims and survivors of sexual violence. Please email conference@nexusni.org to register your interest.
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Launch of new app by Belfast DVSV Partnership

Yesterday saw the launch of the new Belfast DVSV Partnership app which gives information re help for Domestic Violence Survivors. The app name is Haven Belfast and can be downloaded for either iphone or android [caption id="attachment_3474" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Nexus stand at Belfast DVSV App launch[/caption]  
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Listen up! Nexus features in BBC Radio Ulster Appeal

This month's BBC Radio Ulster appeal is on behalf of Nexus NI.  Airing on Sunday 26th November at 8.55am and repeated on Monday 27th November at 2.55pm, the appeal will help raise awareness of who we are and who we help, as well as encouraging people to come forward if they have suffered any form of sexual violence and need information and support. Through our appeal, we are also asking people to get involved and support us in breaking the silence around sexual violence by sharing our pledge on social media and using our #breakthesilence.  You can find out more about spreading the word here. Our appeal highlights the growing demand for our services and how important it is for us to be able to meet that demand and provide…
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New Look for Nexus Website

Today Nexus unveiled its new look website. Aiming to make it easier for those that need our services we simplified and professionalised the websites look, and feel.  We hope that clients, partners, members of the public and others will find it easy to navigate and find the information you need. Of particular note are the two client stories which are available to listen to.  We would encourage anyone who isn’t sure about our work, its impact, or indeed the impact of sexual violence to have a listen. CEO Cara Cash commented: “We are absolutely delighted with our new look website and much of the thanks for it must go to our IT Provider, Precept It.  The team there have been a constant support while we redesigned and rewrote much of…
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Pop Up Collection Box Launch!

The team at Nexus are delighted today to be launching their new pop up collection boxes.  These nifty little boxes aim to make fundraising even easier for people who want to support our work. CEO Cara Cash commented: “We have heard from people that they want to help us but they aren’t sure how.  We are trying to make supporting us even easier by launching these boxes. They come flat pack so are easy to get around with, and once people have mastered popping them up, it’s just a matter of filling them up and returning them to the nearest Nexus Office. We hope this initiative will lead to an increase in our donations which have been decreasing steadily over the past few years.  Support from the wider pubic is…
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Georgia GRABS CTRL for Nexus NI

Georgia GRABS CTRL for Nexus NI

Belfast woman, Georgia Behan-Doyle recently combined her passion for events with raising funds and awareness for local causes by establishing GRAB CTRL, a community platform focussed around feminism and equality for all. Georgia’s inaugural event with GRAB CTRL was in aid of Nexus NI and raised a fantastic sum of £1200.75. Commenting on how her idea came about, Georgia said: “I wanted to break the silence on something that many women and men have experienced, yet they receive little to no support for their trauma. It’s shocking how many people are unaware that Nexus NI provide free counselling to sexual abuse survivors. I created GRAB CTRL in the hope that people can regain control of their lives, and let them know that they are not alone. Creating awareness of this…
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The Stand Together Report 2017

Nexus NI welcome Stand report from QUB Students Cara Cash CEO of Nexus NI commented following the launch of a report from a collaboration of students at Queens University today: Nexus NI welcome this report and would like to sincerely commend the group of students who took it upon themselves to carry it out.  It is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and we hope it will pave the way for much more research into the prevalence of sexually violence crime and its impact across the province. The report may be distressing but it is necessary reading, we need to, as a society talk about the fact that sexual violence is happening, every day to men and women in every community and from all backgrounds.  We need to…
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Northern Area Mental Health Initiative

The Northern Area Mental Health Initiative is an innovative and exciting new project led by Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN), in partnership with Action Mental Health and Nexus NI, which will deliver free mental health awareness and resilience training, and internet safety, sexual abuse and exploitation education to children and young people aged 8 to 25 years, and their key contacts. The Initiative is funded by the Northern Ireland Executive’s Social Investment Fund (SIF) for two years, until March 2019, and will be delivered across the Northern Social Investment Zone which broadly mirrors the Northern Health and Social Care Trust boundary. Training on offer: Mental Health Awareness 8 – 11 years, 11 – 25 years Confidence Building & Self Esteem 11 – 25 years Exam Stress 11 –…
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