Our Board of 7 trustees meets once a month. The trustees are responsible for ensuring that the work and development of MRC adheres to our organisational purpose to provide support, information and advice to women who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives, in ways that are accountable, accessible and appropriate. Trustees also ensure that resources are available to continue and develop this valuable and necessary work. Our trustees understand the impact of sexual violence and contribute their own particular skills, knowledge and expertise.
Anne Stebbings reports to the Board of Trustees and has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the organisation. This includes supervising staff, developing policy, writing funding applications, promoting the services of MRC within Greater Manchester, and representing the voices of women who have experienced sexual violence in local and national forums. Anne has over 25 year’s experience in voluntary sector sexual and domestic violence services.
Shabana Baig is responsible for the counselling service. This includes supervision and training of MRC counsellors; allocating counsellors and managing the waiting list. Shabana is an experienced community worker and counsellor. She also facilitates MRC’s South Asian Women’s group.
MRC has a team of 20 qualified or final year student counsellors trained to listen carefully to women who have been affected by sexual violence. Our counsellors provide a supportive and confidential environment to explore your feelings at your own pace and in your own time, to help you take more control of your life. Although each counsellor has their own particular way of working, which they discuss with you at the start of your course of counselling, all our counsellors work within a framework of respect, non-judgment and unconditional positive regard. All our counsellors participate in clinical and group supervision.
Our crisis helpline is staffed by volunteers who come from all walks of life and are provided with intensive and specialist training, ready to take your call. Our volunteers receive group supervision and are offered opportunities for professional development. Anna Daly, our experienced counsellor and helpline worker, co-ordinates and supports our volunteers.
Alison Healicon and Angela Roberts provide practical support, advice, information and advocacy on a a range of issues including reporting to the police and involvement in the criminal justice process, benefits, immigration, housing, safety. Both have experience in the field of domestic and sexual violence. Angela is also a trained counsellor.
Kelly Savery is responsible for the student service which provides counselling and support to students (18 and older) in Greater Manchester. She delivers bespoke training on sexual violence to services in the community and provides one-to-one counselling to individuals as well as supervision to counsellors working within the student service. Kelly is a counselling psychologist who specialises in supporting survivors of sexual violence.