Our Charity of the Year for 2017-2018 is the SARSAS (Charity Number 1126682)

SARSAS is an award winning specialist support service for people in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, or South Gloucestershire, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives.

We reduce the distress survivors experience, help them cope, learn to live with what happened to them,  get stronger and rebuild their lives. We raise funds, create awareness and campaign to continue changing the culture of tolerance about sexual violence and encouraging everyone to stand alongside survivors.

1 in 5 women will survive sexual violence from the age of 16 and there are, currently, an estimated 126,325 female adult survivors of sexual violence living in Avon and Somerset.

With a small team of staff, sessional counsellors and 40 volunteers, SARSAS runs a helpline five days a week, provides counselling and specialist therapeutic support and an email support service. Over 1000 women and girls access our services every year, needing help and support.

SARSAS also provides public education about sexual violence and raises awareness of the impacts of rape and sexual abuse on the victim and wider society.

We have had 1061 referrals during 2016-2017

We have received 4214 calls to the helpline during 2016-2017

The average length of wait for face-to-face support is 7 months ( however the current longest wait is 14 months for some areas)

£10 – Helps ensure we can respond to emails providing reassurance and information as needed

£25 – Helps support our Helpline and provides an hour od helpline support

£50 – Helps provide specialist therapeutic support such as Solution Focused Brief Therapy

£100 – Provides a workshop to train health professionals or police.

£960 –  Will pay for 6 months of specialist counselling,  helping women & girls build their resilience and strength to cope, live with and recover from trauma.

Further information about the charity can be found at https://www.sarsas.org.uk/

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Thank you everyone for supporting our Charity of the Year:

Charity of the Year 2017-2018: SARSAS – £3,484.30.

Charity of the Year 2016-2017: The Sky Project – £2,757.

Charity of the Year 2015-2016: Julian Trust Night Shelter – £6,023.55.

Charity of the Year 2014-2015: Macmillan Cancer Support – £4,812

Charity of the Year 2013-2014: West of England MS Therapy Centre – £4,271.07

Charity of the Year 2012-2013: Children’s Hospice South West – £4,079.80

Charity of the Year 2011-2012: The Alzheimer’s Society – £4,929.06

Charity of the Year 2010-2011: Jessie May Trust  – £4,632.31

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**Please note we choose our Charity of the Year in November each year.