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About Greater
Manchester
Rape Crisis

Free confidential and
non-judgemental support.

A service run by women for women who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Our aims and values

Our Organisation

Greater Manchester Rape Crisis began over thirty years ago as a feminist collective responding to the needs of women who shared their experiences of sexual violence. GMRC is now a registered charity providing vital services for women and girls throughout Greater Manchester, and beyond.

Staff and trustees

  • Trustees
    Trustees

    Our Board of 7 trustees meets once a month. The trustees are responsible for ensuring that the work and development of GMRC 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.

    • Counsellors
      Counsellors

      GMRC 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.

      • Helpline Volunteers
        Helpline Volunteers

        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.

        • Anne Stebbings
          Anne Stebbings Chief Executive Officer/Manager

          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 GMRC 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
            Shabana Baig Clinical Lead

            Shabana Baig is responsible for the counselling service. This includes supervision and training of GMRC counsellors; allocating counsellors and managing the waiting list. Shabana is an experienced community worker and counsellor. She also facilitates GMRC’s South Asian Women’s group.

            • Angela Roberts
              Angela Roberts Independent Sexual Violence Advisor / Advocacy Worker

              Angela Roberts provides 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.

              • Alison Healicon
                Alison Healicon Independent Sexual Violence Advisor / Advocacy Worker

                Alison Healicon provides 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.

                • Kelly Savery
                  Kelly Savery Student Service Lead

                  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.

                  Confidentiality

                  GMRC prioritises individual’s rights to confidentiality. We work within Data Protection legislation and our own Confidentiality Policy. All volunteers and staff are provided with the necessary training to ensure confidentiality is respected.

                  GMRC does need to hold certain information about you, for example, to help monitor your own progress or the performance of the organisation. Any information we collect, whether paper or electronic records, including referral forms, assessments, client records and feedback forms, is private and confidential. This information is kept securely in locked filing cabinets or electronically on a secure server with restricted access.

                  Whilst every effort is made to maintain confidentiality, GMRC is legally obliged to break that confidentiality in the following circumstances:

                  • You give informed consent for GMRC to pass on information to specified people and organisations
                  • You disclose information about the risk of abuse or harm to children
                  • There is a serious risk of harm to yourself and others
                  • There is a serious risk of suicide
                  • The court or legislation requires that GMRC provides information

                  If a need to share information arises, we will seek permission from you. Where this is impossible, GMRC will negotiate with you what will be shared, and to whom. You will be kept informed at all times.

                  Join a support group

                  “I felt so supported by this group, they have been such an anchor for me at this difficult time”

                  GMRC Support group member since 2017

                  Our Services

                  We offer a range of confidential support services for survivors of rape and sexual assault.

                  We are funded by