Celebrating 10th anniversary of Belfast Trust’s Domestic and Sexual Abuse support services.

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Nexus NI were delighted to attend a celebration event on Monday 10th December to mark the 10th anniversary of the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust's Domestic and Sexual Abuse support services for staff.  The event also poignantly fell on the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day. Belfast Trust launched their domestic abuse support services on International Human Rights day in 2008 and were the first Trust in Northern Ireland to develop a policy and support service for staff and deliver it in partnership with Trade Union colleagues. As a result of this service and workplace policy, Belfast Trust have been able to provide valuable practical advice and adjustments as well as emotional support for staff in the workplace.   This work has been recognised as best practice and the Trust…
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Say it a different way this Christmas

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This Christmas, you can send season's greetings and support the work of Nexus at the same time by giving a donation in lieu of sending cards. You simply choose how much you would like to donate, then visit our donate page to make you donation through BT My Donate or PayPal.  Leave a note with your donation or #nexusxmas. Once you've made your donation, email fundraising@nexusni.org to receive our special Christmas e-message which you can share with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to let them know you're saying Merry Christmas in a different but very special way this year! All donations will help Nexus to continue our specialist services and support programmes.  For example, just £10 will help to pay for 450 of our emergency contact cards which signpost people to our services; £50…
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Giving Tuesday 2018

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  Tuesday 27th November is Giving Tuesday - a global day dedicated to doing good stuff and making a world a difference!  The special day arrived in the UK in 2014 and since then, it has gone on to become one of the biggest days for charities, raising millions of pounds for good causes.  Visit www.givingtuesday.org.uk for more details. We know how incredible our supporters are and that they give to our charity in so many wonderful ways throughout the entire year.  That’s why; we also want to use this day to give a massive thank you to each and every one of our supporters - for the hours of volunteering and fundraising, as well as the generous donations that enable us to continue changing lives affected by sexual violence right across NI.…
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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

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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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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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