FOSP newsletter

1:32 pm, August 18, 2016

Welcome to the  first edition of the Friends of Southmead Project newsletter, which will be issued periodically to members of the business world with the aim of providing a regular snap-shot of life at the charity.

Over the last two years some 150 representatives from the corporate/business sector have attended one or more of the excellent business lunches held each month at the Europa restaurant in central Bristol, signing up to become a supporter of the charity: either in financial terms or providing vital in-kind support. This excellent practical demonstration of corporate social responsibility at its very best is a clear example of how the charity and business sectors can combine to address the enormous problems associated with the impact of child abuse in our city which is the focus of the charity’s’ work. The next lunch will be on Friday 16 September and if you would like to come along to find out more about the FOSP do please get in touch with Terry Peirce on Terry has recently taken on the role of FOSP coordinator joining Nicola Pender who heads up the charity fund-raising team. Nicola can be contacted on:

Additional Staff
The charity has in the last year witnessed a 30% increase in victims and survivors of child abuse trying to access our services. In order to try to keep abreast of the huge challenges this increase has brought us we are pleased to say three new volunteer counsellors have joined the team along with an outreach worker. We also aim to deliver pre-counselling group programmes to support those on our waiting list (currently 12 weeks) and teach safe coping skills and relaxation techniques.

With work space at a premium we are trying to attract funding/sponsorship to help meet the costs of carrying out small-scale structural work at the charity HQ which will see us develop an existing room into two. We are also seeking to redevelop the garden area at the rear of our property to include a small conservatory which would serve as a staff room and allow staff to take a much-needed break in a quiet space.

Organisational Review
To help the charity identify the efficacy of what we offer and to help in the development of its services in the coming years, we are partaking in an organisational review and evaluation of our therapeutic services. From this we shall be producing strategic and business plans.

Fundraising Events
A golf day is being organised by our Chairman Simon Craker and Terry Peirce on Saturday  27 September. Please contact them for more information and/or if you would like to join us on the day. A sterling effort to raise funds is being made by Simon’s wife Michelle when she takes on the Cheltenham half marathon so please check out the following link and make a donation if you would like to help boost her morale along with the charity funds at the same time:

The Wall of Silence
The Wall of Silence exhibition has now been shown at Colston Hall, Bristol, City Hall London, Police HQ in North Somerset and the Pier Head Building in Cardiff. Next stop is two separate venues in Northampton with Bournemouth University set to follow. This most successful, hard-hitting campaign continues to attract hundreds of people and has proven to be a crucial asset in tackling the impact of child abuse. For more information about the exhibition, please contact Dr Mike Peirce MBE on or  by calling 07765 129903.

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CSR at its best

10:33 am, August 9, 2016

Capita plc  has donated the proceeds of its annual golf day to Southmead Project. The business process outsourcing and professional services company are to be wholeheartedly congratulated for clearly recognising and acknowledging the impact     of child abuse by supporting our charity in this way. It’s an example of corporate social responsibility at its very best.

To the people who contact the charity seeking help, the company has sent a very clear   message that they are being heard, believed and supported by a major institution. The value of what this truly means is inestimable.

To the charity,  this lovely gesture is a huge boost to morale with all money raised going to help tackle what is an enormous problem. Such positive action may also have far-reaching and positive ramifications for Southmead Project in encouraging other companies to  demonstrate their CSR in much-needed ways.

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