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Nexus host DIS.CO partners to develop distance counselling project

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Nexus NI were delighted to host the third transnational meeting of European partners involved in the DIS.CO project on January 31 and February 1 in our Belfast office. DIS.CO is a two year Erasmus+ project that aims to develop, pilot and disseminate skills and knowledge for counselling female victims of violence at a distance. The project will promote innovative digital learning methods along with work-related digital tools. The partners were updated on all progress and relevant research completed to date.  In addition, plans were finalised for a Counselling at a Distance training course which takes place in Barcelona in May.  Nexus NI, along with other partners will then be involved in disseminating this learning to counsellors throughout Northern Ireland.  Watch this Space for further information and developments!
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Nexus help launch new cybersafe initiative for teens

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Nexus NI Operations Manager Helena Bracken and Training Lead Kristina Dyer last week travelled to Heraklion in Crete, Greece, for the kick off meeting of a new and exciting project called Cybersafe.  Nexus representatives were joined by a range of other partners from Estonia, Slovenia, Italy, Denmark and Holland and the meeting was hosted by the lead partner from Crete. The project will focus on teenagers aged 13 to 15 and the aim is to create an educational programme complemented with an interactive game which will help address and prevent gender specific cyber violence.  We are delighted to be part of this committed team of people and look forward to contributing our own local knowledge and skills to the project.  Watch this space for updates over the coming months!  
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New Job Opportunities with Nexus NI

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Nexus NI have been awarded the contract for the 24 hour Helpline for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse. We have a number of job opportunities with the new Helpline service available Helpline Operators - sessional and volunteer posts are available.  These posts offer flexible working and the ability to work remotely from home.  Nexus will provide comprehensive training and give the opportunity to help and support victims and give advice to professionals and concerned friends and family. Clinical Trauma Lead - this is a new post to offer support to our clinical team and is suitable for an experienced qualificed counsellor with experience in both Domestic and Sexual Abuse services to ensure the safe delivery of the Helpline Service and be involved in training and developing the Helpline. Full…
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Nexus NI and partners – ‘Enough is Enough’ for victims of sexual abuse

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World-renowned speakers will join service providers, victims and statutory agencies next week in a bid to address the future for survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Northern Ireland. The Nexus NI Annual Conference, taking place on Monday 4th February at the Dunsilly Hotel will address the future for Prevention, Protection and Prosecution for those affected by sexual violence. Held during Sexual Violence Week, the conference is aiming to open honest discussions about the future for those affected by sexual abuse, including addressing key areas regarding prosecution and access to trials. Former Chief Crown Prosecutor for NW England, Nazir Afzal OBE will be the conference keynote speaker, addressing the key issues around the judicial system and the barriers to prosecution in Northern Ireland and beyond. Interim CEO of Nexus NI…
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Nexus announce 2019 conference – #enoughisenough

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As part of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2019, Nexus NI are hosting the conference #enoughisenough: The future of prevention, protection and prosecution for survivors of sexual violence and abuse. Nexus are delighted to welcome the following keynote speakers to address delegates: Nazir AFzal OBE, former Chief Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service in North West England and former Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and led nationally on several legal topics including violence against women & girls and child sexual abuse. Nazir is also National Adviser on Gender Based Violence to the Welsh Government.  For more information on Nazir, please click the following. Nazir Afzal OBE Bio. Dr. Helen Beckett, Director of The International Centre:…
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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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