Annual Report: 2017-2018

Service Coordination

Joining Southmead Project in July 2018 as Service Coordinator has been a privilege. I worked previously for the NSPCC as an Area Coordinator on the ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ programme, educating primary schoolchildren about sexual, physical, emotional abuse and neglect. We visited over 33,000 children a year across three counties, helping to prevent abuse and empowering children to seek support. Before this I was a criminal and family law barrister, a volunteer for Circles South East and a volunteer for an anti-capital punishment charity in Texas, USA. It is painfully apparent that abuse in childhood can have devastating long-term effects. Support for survivors and the opportunity to deal with that trauma is absolutely crucial to their recovery. This realisation led me to the fantastic work of the Southmead Project – home to the most skilled, professional and empathetic of counsellors.They are truly a team to be proud of. Working closely with our Senior Leadership Team, the charity has focused on becoming as efficient as possible, reducing the client waiting list and strengthening its partnerships with external organisations and referral agencies.

Imogen McCabe
Service Coordinator