SEEdS (Survivors Empowering and Educating Services) is a survivor participation project that gives women who have lived through all forms of violence, harrassment and abuse the opportunity to share their experiences to influence and inform a wide range of stakeholders.
The project brings together women from across South Wales 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 groups 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 2019. Details on the application process will be posted here and on our social media.
If you’d like to find out about ongoing engagement opportunities where you can share your views and get your voice heard you can join our Survivor Network at any time, see below for details.
If you are a woman who has experienced violence or abuse we invite you to become a member of our National Survivors Network. You can register by clicking the link below.
Once you complete the registration form you will have access to various violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV) related resources and you can find out about opportunities to engage with a wide range of services and providers. So, if you feel passionately about how women and children are protected and supported and want to contribute to raising awareness about issues that affect survivors join our network!
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