The IMARA Open Day

On Tuesday 24th July 2018 we held an Open Day to launch the new Nottinghamshire Children and Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (CHISVA) Service for which we are the chosen provider. We have been officially providing the CHISVA service since the beginning of July 2018, and it is funded by the Notts Police and Crime Commissioner for a period of 2 years.

You can read more about the CHISVA service we provide here: http://www.imara.org.uk/about-us/chisva-service

Read the press coverage of the CHISVA service here: https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/new-800000-services-help-victims-1727427

For the Open Day, we invited professionals and families from across Nottinghamshire to come and meet the IMARA team and see our office and facilities. We ran a series of informational workshops  about the new CHISVA service, the creative arts therapies that we provide, and the trauma experienced by children and young people following sexual abuse and the impact this has on behaviour and development. We also invited guests to get involved with some creative activities including painting stones, which we are hoping to put to great use not only decorating our newly revamped Sanctuary Space Garden, but also raising much-needed awareness for IMARA and child sexual abuse.

We were delighted that Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping joined us in the afternoon, and even more delighted by the stunning performance by our Open Mic clients music group which is being  Funded by People's Health Trust using money raised by HealthRegard through The Health Lottery.

It was such a great day, with an excellent turn-out and wonderful atmosphere. It felt like guests were truly receptive and eager to learn and support. It was such a success that we are hoping to make it an annual event for IMARA going forward.

In the video below you can see photos from the day and read some of the amazing feedback we received from guests, many of whom were professionals representing other services and organisations that we work alongside.  

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