We took part in the Survivors’ Trust “Supporting Survivors Past Present & Future” conference on Monday 26th of September in Birmingham’s Aston University.


Aston University in Birmingham

New Digital Marketing & Website Officer Guinéelle Mavuanga gave a brilliant and informative presentation of digital marketing campaigning which stimulated a great deal of interest and attention – with many requests for help afterwards! Some of the feedback was ‘excellent, well presented information’, ‘very informative, great ideas which I’ll take back to work with me’. Overall, this, too, was a well-constructed conference with many interesting speakers and presentations:

  • a report from a Panel Member of IICSA and its workload,
  • experience of the reluctance of the churches to acknowledge and deal with abuse,
  • the benefits of working in a consortium,
  • reporting on the survey of the healthcare needs of adult survivors of child sexual abuse and a fascinating talk by Dr Zoe Cameron, Chair of the Primary Care Children’s Safeguarding Forum on the clinical perspective of survivors of sexual assault and the potential impact on primary care.

We cannot let this somewhat dry report on the conference pass without mentioning a memorable and most moving interlude provided by Nesdi Jones, an upcoming singer/songwriter who was abused as a child, went to India and was abused again in her teens, took to drugs and alcohol and then pulled herself around and has concentrated on her art. She gave a spellbinding rendition of some haunting songs in Urdu, Hindi and English (she does them in Welsh as well!). We all came away feeling uplifted as well as so much better informed.


SurvivorsUK’s Keith Best (CEO), Guineelle Mavuanga (Digital Marketing & Website Officer) and Alan Robertson (ISVA)


Here was the programme:


Description – Speaker

9:00 Coffee and Registration

fay-maxtedWelcome and introduction to day

Fay Maxted MBE – CEO, The Survivors Trust


jo-butlerSurvivors” winner of Royal Television Award

Joanne Butler, Director, ISAS


Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Ivor Frank, Barrister, Panel Member from IICSA



4614_david-greenwoodExperiences of Church Inquiries

Lucy Duckworth & David Greenwood – Minister & Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors


michelle-windleBenefits and Challenges of Consortium Working

Michelle Windle, Director, The Green House

11.30 Break
11.45 Morning Workshop
12.30 Lunch

img_0661Afternoon Workshop: Use of Social Media and Messaging

Our very own Guinéelle Mavuanga

14.10 nesdi-collageNesdi Jones – singer/songwriter and Sexual Abuse Survivor

elsamontgomerylama-daherReporting on the Survey of the Healthcare Needs of Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Elsa Montgomery, Lecturer/Head of Department of Midwifery & Lama Daher


andy-hunt-avatarPolice Custodial Healthcare and Sexual Assault Referral Centres

Andy Hunt, National Programme Manager, NHS



Clinical perspective; Survivors of sexual assault and the potential impact on primary care

Dr Zoe Cameron, Chair of the Primary Care Children’s Safeguarding Forum


15.45 Closing Remarks
16.00 Close and Networking


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