South East Recorder Issue 21 - Page 14

Charity Awareness MAKE A LASTING DIFFERENCE Organisations established to provide help, vital services and raise money for those in need, charities rely on donations from the public to continue their hard work. With so many different charities requiring help, there are plenty of good causes to support and many different ways in which you can help! In addition to donating physical money through collection boxes, donation slips and online donations, there are also several websites through which you can shop as usual while your chosen charity can receive a donation at no cost to yourself. Why not also donate gifts or unwanted items? Charity shops make use of unwanted items, selling them on and feeding the vital profits back into the organisation. There are also charities who are desperately seeking volunteers to continue their mission and provide vital help and support, so why not donate a little of your time and make a difference where it counts or donate your time to fundraising? Gifts in wills, also known as legacies, are also an important source of income for charities. Legacies tend to be of a higher value than one-off donations and help charities with their long-term planning, especially if notified beforehand. Rape Crisis South London (Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre) began in 1985 as an independent charitable organisation to support female survivors of any form of sexual violence, however long ago it happened. We are an all women team based in Croydon providing specialist and confidential support services to female survivors of sexual violence from 5 years old who live in South London. We opened Rape Crisis Surrey & Sussex, based in Crawley, in 2013. Our unbiased and professional services include long term face to face therapy with specialist qualified therapists, an Advocacy team (ISVAs) supporting survivors through the Criminal Justice System to trial, an Outreach team to support marginalised women and girls, an FGM specialist worker, a Training Team to provide Gender and Consent workshops in schools colleges and Universities and training around sexual violence to professionals and we run the Rape Crisis National Sexual Violence Helpline which is open every day of the year. We adhere to the national occupational standards of Rape Crisis (England and Wales) and we are an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. We believe that the thousands of women and children who are raped and abused each year in this country do not deserve what happened to them but they do deserve the best support to recover from these heinous crimes. Rape Crisis South London: 0208 683 3311 - Rape Crisis Surrey & Sussex: 01293 538 477 -