SEEdS (Survivors Empowering and Educating Services) is a survivor participation project that gives women who have lived through all forms of domestic violence and abuse the opportunity to share their experiences and influence change.
The project brings together women from across two regions (Gwent and Cardiff and the Vale) and provides training, support and resources as well as a safe space where survivors can learn from and encourage one another.
The scheme works in partnership with agencies across the public and voluntary sector to provide platforms where survivors can have a voice to inform the planning, development and delivery of violence against women services, including domestic abuse and sexual violence.
“The current SEEds project covers Cardiff and the Vale, Gwent and Western Bay. We are a group of women who meet regularly on a voluntary basis to inform and influence violence against women policies, planning, campaigns and services. We feel very passionate about raising awareness of all forms of violence against women and to this end engage with a variety of stakeholders including the Welsh Government, Local Authorities and other specialist Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence services. We meet monthly to share learning, discuss current issues and plan our activities going forward.”
Influencing and informing
SEEdS have worked to influence policy and practice across Wales. To date, this includes:
SEEdS participants are supported and encouraged to speak out about their own and other survivor’s experiences of violence and abuse.
SEEdS have worked to raise awareness about the reality of domestic abuse, sexual violence and all other forms of violence against women, so that it is understood, challenged and prevented. To date, this includes:
How to get involved
We usually recruit to the project twice a year, we hope to have our next recruitment drive in June/July 2018. Details on the application process will be posted here and on our social media. We will be launching our online national survivor network over the next few months where survivors who register can find out about engagement opportunities in their area. You will be able to find out more about this by checking the survivor engagement section on our website when it goes live in February.