Nexus welcomes Sir Gillen recommendations

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Commenting on the draft recommendations published in the Gillen Review, CEO of Nexus NI Karen Gallagher said: “We welcome the publication of the Gillen Review and as an organisation, plan to respond in full to the consultation. “It is vital to address the gaps that exist in dealing with crimes of sexual violence in Northern Ireland, specifically in the criminal justice system, the impact of social media on any given case and protecting rights of victims at all times. The recommendation that sexual offence trials be closed to the public is also something we welcome as being very positive. “Dispelling myths and challenging stereotypes is also an issue we are happy to see being addressed. For too long these ideas have been deep-rooted in society and it is something we…
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Nexus announce interim CEO

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  [caption id="attachment_3818" align="aligncenter" width="640"] New interim CEO of Nexus NI Karen Gallagher.[/caption]   We are delighted to welcome Karen Gallagher as our interim CEO. Karen has taken over the reigns from Cara Cash-Marley and will be in the post for the next few months at least. Karen comes to Nexus with a vast wealth of experience, having worked in the voluntary sector for over 21 years. Karen spent 15 of these years at Concern, where she started out in a fundraising role before working her way up to becoming overall NI Manager. In 2015, seeking a new career challenge, Karen decided to diversify her skills and training. She completed the CO3 Interim Executive training course and secured a place on their panel. Nexus is Karen's 5th such placement, having…
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“Justice system ‘struggling’ to deliver acceptable outcomes for victims of sexual offences” says Chief Inspector

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The Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland has challenged criminal justice organisations to improve how they manage sexual violence and abuse crimes. Brendan McGuigan said that the latest Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) report on how these cases were handled had found the criminal justice system was struggling to cope and did not deliver acceptable outcomes for victims. “In Northern Ireland we have seen the reporting of sexual violence and abuse offences such as rape, sexual assault and child abuse amongst others almost triple since 2000-01. In 2016-17, over 3,150 incidents were recorded by the police which equates to nine incidents being recorded every day of the year,” said Mr McGuigan. “Each one of these incidents represents a significant trauma for the victim and creates an expectation…
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Time to Shine – could internship be for you?

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We're so proud of our amazing Volunteer Co-ordinator, Stephanie. Here's her story of how interning worked for her: When single mum Stephanie Preshur, 31, applied for a job as volunteer co-ordinator, she had no idea it was part of an innovative internship programme. But through her involvement in the Time to Shine programme, Stephanie learnt new skills, stepped out of her comfort zone, and made a real and positive impact on her community. Time to Shine is run by the Rank Foundation using money raised by National Lottery players. Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations can apply to host a Time to Shine intern, funded by the Rank Foundation for a whole year. During that year, the Time to Shine intern will work on a particular project within the…
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A Smile of Justice – a poem by James

Counselling, Nexus
At Nexus, we are so lucky to work with a wide range of amazing people. Recently, we were delighted to receive this poem from or supporter James which he would like us to share... A Smile of Justice NexusNI, a community supporting persons affected by sexual violence, In place to offer hope and understanding in breaking the silence. A service that understands trauma and its difficult impact, A safe place for survivors alike to open up and not to feel hacked. Victims aren’t at fault and you’re not alone, A counselling family that embraces your strengths to be shown. Nexus isn’t just counselling, but it’s support and representation, Building relationships and support at hand when needed you’re under no obligation. Professionals at their best with dedicational words of wisdom, A…
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Nexus NI collaborate with Police Service in ‘No Grey Zone’ Campaign

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Nexus NI have joined partner agencies in launching a new sexual assault and sexual consent awareness campaign – ‘No Grey Zone’. The campaign, led by the Police Service of NI is aimed at creating an understanding of what sexual assault and sexual consent actually is in the hope of empowering and safeguarding young people across the region. ‘No Grey Zone’ partners a range of other support led organisations, including student unions from both Queens University, Belfast and Ulster University, Victim Support NI and the Rowan. It is an information and advice led campaign that will look to inform society, particularly young people, on what sexual assault and sexual consent is. Discussing the campaign, Head of the Public Protection Branch, Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman said: “Over the past number of…
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Inaugural ‘Make Noise for Nexus’ event a massive success!

Events
  We held our first ever 'Make Noise for Nexus' event last week in Lavery's Bar Belfast and what a night it was! We broke the silence in spectacular style with the help of an array of talented local musicians including Rebekah Fitch, Heliopause, GIRL, Buí and Charlie Gibson. On a wild and windy Wednesday evening, the bar was jam-packed as people turned out to show their support for Nexus. Hopefully this will become an annual event and talks are already being held around more opportunities and ways in which we can grow this as a fundraising idea in 2019. We'd like to thank all the amazing musicians who took part, as well as the wonderful local businesses who contributed prizes to our raffle which was also held on the night.…
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Job opportunity – 2 x P/T Facilitators

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Information Due to the success of our Co-Nexion project Nexus NI are looking for 2 part time Facilitators to support clients who have completed counselling.  The Co-Nexion project supports clients to rediscover strengths, connect with others, improve confidence and promote emotional health and wellbeing. Job Description Job title:                       Facilitator x 2 posts Location:                      Enniskillen & Belfast (outreach worker) Hours:                          9 hours per week Salary:                         £12.00 per hour Pension:                      Standard auto enrolment pension scheme Person Specification: Appointment to this post will be subject to Access NI clearance. POSITION IN ORGANISATION Reports To:                             Team Leader Responsible For:                    Facilitation of client development and support post counselling. Budget Responsibilities:        Managing client individual training budgets and travel expenses ESSENTIAL CRITERIA 2 years experience facilitating groups 2 years experience working with vulnerable adults Be able to demonstrate…
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Job opportunity – Community Fundraising Officer

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We have an opportunity for a Community Fundraiser with Nexus NI for one year.  The post will allow the post holder to develop skills and receive training from Nexus NI. Recruitment is by a 2 stage interview process, the 1st interview by Nexus NI and the 2nd by the funder, The Rank Foundation. Position:                                             Community Fundraising Officer Number of hours per week:             30 Contract length                                 1 year Managed by:                                      Operations Manager Salary:                                                 £8.45ph Person Specification – Essential Criteria Demonstrable personal or professional experience of working directly with volunteers Demonstrable experience/knowledge of fundraising and community engagement Up to date working knowledge of fundraising, event management and working with volunteers. Team-player experience with the ability to build and maintain a network of relationships Full driving license Personal experience of volunteering…
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‘What is Nexus?’ new video launched

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A new video to help victims of sexual violence has been launched in Mid and East Antrim. Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) have teamed up with Nexus NI to produce and launch an animated video showcasing the organisation’s services. The video, ‘Who is Nexus?’ explains what the organisation does to help victims of sexual violence. Nexus NI offer services and support to people who have been affected by sexual violence in any form across Northern Ireland. They provide counselling, training, education and support. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWv-ZWJ_iF0&t=105s It’s hoped that by raising the profile of what Nexus NI can do to help, it will encourage more people to use their services, helping more victims of sexual violence. Nexus NI and Mid and East Antrim PCSP launched the video…
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