High Sheriff to visit Rotherham’s “Base” locationsPublished Wednesday, 4th November 2015
South Yorkshire’s High Sheriff, John Holt, is to visit two of Rotherham’s support centres for victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
The visits to the "Base" locations at Swinton Lock and the Clifton Learning Partnership will be an opportunity for the High Sheriff to meet with many of the partners involved and to be updated on the project's progress.
The "Base" locations are part of the voluntary and community sector's response to help victims and survivors of CSE and their families across the borough.
The eleven "Base" partners offer a range of services including a safe space to get help and support including one to one and family support, counselling, outreach, therapeutic interventions in the form of art, music and poetry and awareness-raising.
The High Sheriff is keen to promote the work of community projects, in particular those helping young people. "The Base project is a great example of the local community coming together to help the most vulnerable.
He continued: "This positive action by local voluntary organisations to support victims and survivors of Child Sexual Exploitation helps to break down barriers, promotes the various support networks available and above all, aims to protect and keep our young people safe."
The Clifton Learning Partnership's Eastwood Village "Base" is acting as a community outreach facility to help raise awareness and help support victims, survivors and families, including those from the Roma community, raising awareness of the risks and signs of CSE through to helping survivors move forward with their lives.
They have delivered CSE Community Awareness Raising sessions alongside Community Outreach services to the Roma communities in Eastwood, Ferham and Broom, to help community members recognise CSE and encourage them to report and seek support.
They also provide Family Support services to members of all of Rotherham's communities and help anyone taking part in the project to access other activities available in a bid to reduce any social isolation and rebuild their confidence.
Other "Base" partners include: Barnardo's; GROW Rotherham Rise; Rotherham United Community Sports Trust; YWCA Fleming Gardens; Activate (The High Street Centre, Rawmarsh) Kimberworth Park Community Partnership; YMCA MyPlace and SAFE@LAST.
A support line is also available which can direct individuals to the services offered through the Base Project. To contact the Baseline call: 0800 335 7233.
If you would like to know more about the Base Project, or discuss making a referral, please contact Judy Leavesley on 01709 723095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information about the Base Project can be found online: