Voscur host new innovations project for Bristol Sexual Violence Consortium

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31 July, 2017
Today marks the beginning of a new innovations project for the Bristol Sexual Violence Consortium, hosted by Voscur and grant-funded to May 2019 by Lloyds Bank Foundation, to run until May 2019. Voscur will contribute expertise in collaborative working, link to the wider voluntary and community sector and employ the new Consortium Innovations Manager, Jennifer McMahon, to coordinate the project.
Jennifer says: “This is an exciting project with the potential to identify and set the standard for best practice tools and resources at a local and national level. I look forward to facilitating the sharing of expertise and innovation for the benefit of survivors who have experienced sexual violence”.
The consortium, established in 2015, builds on over 20 years of experience from five organisations: SARSAS (Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support), Womankind, Barnardo’s BASE, The Green House and the Southmead Project. Each organisation brings a unique area of specialism, including working with trafficked women, asylum seekers and refugees. The consortium currently delivers a range of sexual violence services across Bristol, under a contract with Safer Bristol.
Voscur’s Head of Collaboration and Commissioning, Mark Hubbard, says: “This new project will develop useful tools, such as effective screening tools and data sharing systems. The developments will benefit this consortium and the wider sector – we know that Bristol organisations want to work effectively together and this project will help us to provide solutions to some of the challenges of working together.” 
The Consortium Innovations Manager will coordinate a cross-sector needs analysis, identifying a theory of change to develop sexual violence services in the city, including effective screening and assessment tools and best practice in client services. 
The innovations project will culminate in a toolkit for other UK services in the successful development of effective cross-sector consortia to promote collaboration and sustainability rather than fragmentation and competition.
If you have any questions about this new project, you can email Jennifer at: jennifer@voscur.org
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