The Kindness Festival01 Sep 2021
Outreach workers will be at the kindness festival as work continues on establishing survivor-led support services
Jersey Community Partnership is delighted to have a presence at the Kindness Festival for the first time. Outreach workers Cheyenne O’Connor and Lisa Farrington will in St Brelade’s Parish Hall between 10am-4pm on Saturday 4th September. They are reaching out to anyone with experience of abuse whilst in care to come and speak to them about the support services they would like to see established in Jersey.
Following the publication of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, the Citizen’s Panel made a series of recommendations, of which Recommendation 3 centred on the provision of ‘Help and support for Victims/Survivors and their families’.
Earlier this year Jersey Community Partnership, who is wholly independent from the Government of Jersey, employed two outreach workers to scope out and pilot the provision of help and support available to survivors of institutional abuse in childhood.
Cheyenne and Lisa lead on the engagement and establishment of relationships throughout the survivor community and with other stakeholders, to ensure that the views of those who have experienced institutional abuse in childhood lead the discussion and inform the establishment of any provisions.
Cheyenne commented: “Anyone with experience of abuse in childhood, any survivors, family members or those supporting survivors in a caring capacity can speak with us at the Kindness Festival, or simply pick up our contact details to speak to us at another time. Any contact is kept strictly confidential and you can choose to remain anonymous if you wish. Please pop down, ask any questions you may have about us and the work we are doing.
We are a survivor-led service and are here to listen to you and what you would like to see in Jersey.”