I am responsible for the day to day oversight of the organisation, including planning and finance. I am also our usual media spokeswoman, and the first point of contact if you have any comments about how the organisation is running. I have been with the organisation since 2011, starting out in the role of Volunteer Co-ordinator. I have also worked in both the mental health sector, and human resources sector, and have a passion for inspiring other women to reach their potential. Working with an organisation like OSARCC has changed my life for the better, and though I hate all forms of violence against women and girls, it's this which fuels me to work alongside a committed and dedicated team of staff and volunteers who are working to change this.
Beth: Services Manager
I am responsible for the day to day operations of OSARCC's services. My focus is on improving OSARCC's internal systems and processes as well as supporting the team and ensuring that our services have what they need in order to thrive and grow. I am a qualified Social Worker with an extensive background in charity management. I combine these two areas to focus on community solutions to address and eradicate sexual violence. I believe that everyone has the capacity to thrive after an experience of sexual violence, if given appropriate support, and am very proud to be a part of the work that OSARCC does. If you have any questions on our services or would like to discuss community fundraising, then please reach out to me.
Lucy: Helpline & Training Coordinator
I've been with OSARCC since the beginning of 2017 as a helpline volunteer, and at the beginning of 2018 came into post as the Helpline and Training Coordinator. I'm responsible for recruiting, training and coordinating our team of over 50 volunteers to deliver our helpline and email support services; developing and delivering our external training programmes to raise revenue for the organisation; and developing and coordinating our internal core training programme for all our volunteers, staff and trustees. This role gives me the great privilege of working with women from almost every area of the organisation, and I'm always blown away by their passion for our work, dedication to our values, and capacity for genuine empathy with both service users and each other.
Taryn: Independent Sexual Violence Advocate
As an ISVA I offer free support and information to women over 18 in Oxfordshire who have experienced sexual violence recently or in the past. This support can be face to face, via email or over the phone. I can be an independent supporter in helping you to make informed choices about what is right for you. If you are considering reporting I can support you throughout any Criminal Justice processes and talk you through what this might look like.
Susie: Support Group Co-ordinator
I am the Support Group Co-ordinator for OSARCC. I am a Masters level Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with BACP accreditation and 15 years experience of delivering therapy in groups and individual sessions. Having trained in Oxford, I have also spent 10 years working in the States, running inpatient and outpatient groups in hospital settings, and doing individual therapy work. I am passionate about the power of groups, and the magic that can happen within them, when all members are able to share their story, and their experience. Group members are able to see growth in each other that we cannot easily see in ourselves. So if you are interested in finding out more about our therapy support groups then I am the person to talk too. I am committed to providing a high quality service for women and encourage you if you are considering groups to call and talk it through with me.
Claire: Counselling Co-ordinator
As Counselling Coordinator, I am responsible for developing our highly sought after specialist counselling service, that is grounded in OSARCC's core values and principles. This includes an emphasis on empowering service users to direct their own therapeutic journeys, to find a way forward that is authentic and meaningful to them. A key part of the role is to continue to develop the counselling service standards, recruiting and training counselling volunteers, as well as supporting service users' to access the service. I joined OSARCC in July 2017, and have been so happy to land in such a supportive and warm team - it affirms to me the importance of supportive relationships with other women that as a whole OSARCC aims to provide. My counselling background is varied and includes work within the Prison system, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, online therapy, work with young people and children, private practice as well as a counsellor and manager in a Primary Care mental health service. I am inspired by the person-centred approach, which suggests people are growth-orientated, and that when offered therapeutic relationships that are sufficiently valuing, non-judgemental, and genuine, will be able to use that space to move forward from sexual violence experiences in ways that are meaningful. In a world responses to trauma are classified as pathology, and where therapy is increasingly measured by artificial goals, I see that a counselling service such as OSARCC strives to provide is of huge value, and I hope to be part of making it accessible to more women who need its support.
Dulcie: Empowerment Worker (SEE Project)
I am an empowerment worker at OSARCC. I joined the team in July 2017 and have really enjoyed having an input in developing the young women and girls project. I hold a Master’s degree in Criminology and another Master’s in Psychology, and am now carrying out a Doctorate in Forensic Psychology. Prior to training in psychology, I worked in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation service and as a researcher in youth offender institutions. I have also worked as an appropriate adult for arrestees deemed to be ‘vulnerable’ (with a learning or mental health difficulty, or under the age of 18) during their police interview. Alongside my doctoral training and work with OSARCC, I run support groups on behalf of Prisoners Abroad – the UK’s only charity supporting British citizens who have experienced imprisonment overseas. During my training in psychology I have received extensive training in Narrative Exposure Therapy and am currently working on a research project developing this therapy for traumatised individuals deported to the UK. Throughout my work I have seen the devastating effect of trauma and the consequences when support is lacking. The empowerment work we carry out at OSARCC is so important and I am thrilled to see the project develop.
Lucy: Project Coordinator (Young Women and Girls Project)
I have joined OSARCC in January 2017. I coordinate the development and day to day operations within the Support Empower Educate project. I hold Master’s degree in Education and Social Inclusion, and Post-grad in Speech Language Therapy. I have several years of experience in teaching, as well as extensive experience in providing psychological and emotional support for children, young people and their families. Last several years of my work I have dedicated to support people with severe and enduring mental health problems. As a member of Polish Psychologists Association, I provide emotional and psycho-educational support for Eastern European ethnic minorities. I am currently working on completing a diploma in CBT. Working for OSARCC and developing the SEE project has been a wonderful experience. I feel privileged to be part of such a dedicated and inspiring team of staff and volunteers.
The board of trustees are collectively responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity. OSARCC trustees are also company directors.
Sally Copley: Chair
In addition to my role as a Trustee, I Chair our regular Board meetings (held every six weeks) working with the Director to set the agenda and ensure all actions are followed up. In my professional life I'm Head of Policy, Programmes and Campaigns at Oxfam GB, where I've worked since 2012. Prior to joining Oxfam, I led domestic child poverty policy, advocacy and campaigns for Save the Children UK, focussing on low incomes and education. I have also led local and national policy, advocacy and campaigns on gender, LBGT rights and housing for other NGOs including YWCA, Shelter and Stonewall. I'm also a trustee of the Climate Coalition, Bond, and the Alethia Foundation. I live in Oxford with my two children. I'm on Twitter at @sallycopley.
Our other trustees are:
- Alison Sutton-Davezac
- Anna Thorne
- Anne Peake
- Sarah Beal
- Susanna Reece
- Tracey Lott
- Lamiaa Shehata
- Jennie Richmond
- Tracey Schueler
Volunteers are the beating heart of OSARCC. They run our helpline and email support, co-facilitate our support groups, help with fundraising and offer administrative support. If you would like to find out more about joining our award winning team, please visit our volunteering page.