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Andy Connolly
Director

 

A practising psychotherapist and counsellor, Andy has worked extensively in the charity sector, with experience in areas such as cancer, sexual health, young people and LGBT+ mental health. He is passionate about the development of new and innovative services for the delivery of counselling and emotional support, and improving access to those services for diverse groups of people. He is excited to be part of the team at SurvivorsUK.

 

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Alan Robertson
Operations Manager / ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor)

 

Alan is the Operations Manager & Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) at SurvivorsUK. He manages our ISVA service which supports men around the criminal justice system and is responsible for funding development. Prior to working at SurvivorsUK Alan volunteered on their helpline and worked as a dual diagnosis project worker in a residential home, supporting men with alcohol addiction and mental health issues.

 

Katherine Cox
Supervisor, Counsellor & Groupwork Co-ordinator

 

Katherine is Clinical supervisor, counsellor and groupwork co-ordinator. She has worked in the charitable sector as a social worker and then as a psychotherapist and supervisor. She has experience of working in palliative care, sexual health, with survivors of trauma, with LGBT communities and young people. She is passionate about the development of groups as well as 1:1 work at SurvivorsUK.

 

Jeremy Sachs
Groupwork Co-ordinator

 

Jeremy has facilitated therapeutic groupwork for years. Delivered to groups who have experienced trauma, live with long term health issues or caught in cycles of violence. His work is therapeutically informed, with a strong emphasis on a creative, person-centred approach. He strongly believes that group work is key to tackling social isolation and building a sense of wellbeing and agency, after surviving adverse life experience/s.

 

Neil Atkinson
Counsellor & Groupwork Co-ordinator

 

Neil is a psychotherapist, trainer and group facilitator who has worked in a wide variety of psychological services, as well as in private practice.
His experience includes working with substance misuse, LGBT+ issues, childhood and adult trauma and survivors of domestic violence.
Part of Neil’s role will be to offer a flexible service for clients that find it difficult to engage with other support.

 

Agnese Manfrin
Digital Communications Officer

 

Agnese has a proven track record working in digital communications, online marketing, branding, editing and website management for charities and public sector organisations. Besides working for people’s empowerment behind the screen, she has previously worked as educator with refugees, migrants, children, and founded a youth development charity. She takes pride in working for one of the few organisations in the country that works exclusively with male survivors.

 

Ye-Ye Fadaka
Office Administrator

 

Ye-ye is the Administrator for SurvivorsUK. She is the first point of contact for people looking to access the service and for anyone looking for information about the services we offer. Ye-ye previously worked as an administrator at other charities such as Relate counselling and the Alzheimer’s Society and has experience working in the charity sector.

 

Calvin Stovell
ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor)

 

Calvin is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) working with male victims of rape and sexual abuse with complex needs, who may feel disenfranchised due to homelessness, immigration and addictions issues, assisting them to navigate the criminal justice system. Before joining SurvivorsUK Calvin worked as a Sexual Health Advisor providing information and advice around sex, Sexually Transmitted Infections and prevention.  He is also doing a diploma in Psychosexual counselling.

 

Chris Alderton
ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor)

 

Chris is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA). His role is to provide non-judgemental, independent practical support and assistance to male victims of sexual violence or rape, regardless of whether the assault took place recently or in the past. He supports people who are thinking about reporting to the police or who are currently going through the criminal justice system. Before joining SurvivorsUK, Chris worked as a counsellor across several charities in London specialising in working with minority groups and male survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

 

Sam Thomson
Engagement & Outreach Officer

 

Sam is the Engagement & Outreach Officer. He manages all things ‘engaging’, from campaigns, to lecturing, to training – all in the name of building constructive pathways towards SurvivorsUK. He has a history of successful campaign development and implementation around rape and sexual assault, as well as volunteering experience with Rape Crisis. Often seen out and about removing the taboo surrounding rape and sexual assault – say “Hi!” if you see him.

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