Supporting Services, Supporting Survivors


This event will celebrate specialist support services for frontline VAWG organisations and launching the Assessment of Needs report for the Ascent Second Tier Support Strand.


Keynote speaker: Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, Mayor of Newham

Presentation of Report: Dr Louise Harvey-Golding

In a difficult climate, what is the role of second tier services? Panel Discussion with Ascent Second Tier Strand Members

What are the needs of the Violence Against Women and Girls Sector?

What is the role of specialist support services?

How do we best work together in a difficult climate?

This event will launch a report on the Needs of the VAWG Sector and the importance of specialist support services.  We welcome your input on how we can continue our work in raising awareness of the value and needs of the sector and the development of a more sustainable and resilient sector to support survivors of VAWG.

There will be a market stall area where you will be able to attain more information about each organisation involved in their project, network, share knowledge and learning, and discuss potential partnerships and collaborations. The Ascent second tier strand partners will host a networking lunch.

We are inviting

♀ Voluntary and community sector organisations working on VAWG
♀ Commissioners of domestic and sexual violence services
♀ Borough grants officers and domestic and sexual violence Coordinators
♀ Councillors
♀ Statutory sector services
♀ Organisations working in related areas such as homelessness and housing, no recourse to public funds, health, refugee and asylum seekers, etc.

The event will
♀ Increase participants’ understanding of the range of support services delivered across London
♀ Increase participants’ knowledge of and the need for specialist support services
♀ Raise awareness about key issues facing the VAWG sector in London
♀ Demonstrate the value of collaborative working and the successes it brings
♀ Encourage recommendations and ways forward for the Ascent second tier strand
♀ Share knowledge and expertise