In 2016 WRASAC applied for funding to establish a dedicated service for young people. This was in response to rising numbers of young people seeking support from the centre.
Evidence suggests that early and effective intervention is essential to limiting the long term impacts on young people. Impacts which include poorer outcomes for health, well-being, education and employment.
Following the recruitment of a Senior Young People’s Support Worker at the start of 2017 a service dedicated to young people was established and launched formally in February 2018.
Dundee and Angus Young Survivors Project
The project’s mission is that young people with experience of sexual violence, abuse and exploitation receive age appropriate support where and when they need it. The service offers confidential and professional, emotional and practical support to all young survivors - of all gender identities - aged from 11 to 18; who have experienced sexual violence at any time; and who live in Dundee or Angus.
The young people we support
We support young people whose experiences include child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, grooming, online abuse, rape, sexual assault, and sexual bullying. Such an experience can generate many difficult thoughts and feelings. A traumatic experience like this can be confusing and make everyday life harder to deal with.
Young people may feel angry, unhappy, frightened or lonely. They could be having flashbacks, nightmares, or panic attacks. It is not unusual for young people to feel they are responsible for what happened and feel shame, or feel like hurting themselves.
We start by listening, allowing the young person to talk about anything. We always believe them and can talk through their experience and why they are not to blame. The support is led by the young person and they only ever have to talk about what they want to.
The support offered is age appropriate; is imaginative and creative; is organised in a variety of contexts; and is flexible in terms of place and time. We also support friends, families and professionals and can provide training to organisations and groups.
Young people are encouraged to get involved in service development and this includes young people who have not experienced sexual violence. All young people are at the centre of the work of this project.
To apply please download the recruitment pack and application form
WRASAC is a well-established charity providing specialist trauma informed support to survivors of sexual violence, abuse and exploitation across Dundee and Angus. We are looking to recruit:
- Treasurer to the Board
We have been through an exciting period of innovative change that has, for example, seen the development of new services, including our Dundee and Angus Young Survivors (DAYS) project that is open to all young survivors aged 11-18, regardless of their gender.
As a Trustee we feel sure that you will find it both a rewarding and enjoyable experience. We are particularly keen to hear from people who have the following experience:
- Financial Management
- Public Relations / Marketing
- Charity Law
We would also welcome applications from people with a background in accountancy who would be interested in the role of Treasurer to the Board.
Ideal applicants will have proven experience at Executive or Board level and have an interest in both the charity sector and the future direction of palliative care – becoming a member of our Board of Trustees will provide you with an opportunity to share your skill base and make a valuable contribution to our strategic plans and direction.