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New skills help for sexual violence victims

By Claire Williamson

A charity providing support to victims of sexual violence is launching a service to help those affected acquire new skills to improve their life after counselling.

The initiative, which was thought up by survivors, has been given a £374,686 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Co-NEX-ion, which will provide support to 50 men and women a year, will be up and running in October.

Clients who have completed counselling with Nexus NI will be able to apply to take part in the project to receive guidance and help to access services in their communities and learn a wide range of skills and develop personal resilience.

Nexus NI chief executive Cara Cash said: "It was designed in collaboration with our client forum, they are survivors who have come through counselling and want to give something back to the organisation and those who might need us in the future.

"They meet every six weeks and we talk about what services survivors need and as part of those conversations last year they talked about how difficult the step after counselling can be for a survivor, almost as difficult as the step into counselling."

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