Fee Scott - Chief Executive Officer
"I have worked at Devon Rape Crisis Service since it started, in July 2011 and it’s been a real opportunity to help build a new organisation, offering such a vital service.
My background is varied, including working with women, children and families, disabled people and the lesbian and gay community in both the voluntary sector and local authorities in Leicester and Devon.
I’ve been an advocate, a social worker, a mentor, a trainer and a manager but whatever role I’ve done, my passion is for people and for developing services that are meaningful and make a difference.
I'm angry about the level of sexual violence against women and I want to be a part of changing this situation. I think it is intolerable that women who have experienced rape or childhood sexual abuse carry the burden of blame and shame around with them afterwards.
I want to see this changing so that blame is directed squarely where it belongs and I'm proud to be working for an organisation which wholeheartedly strives for this."
Anna Janota - Service Manager
"I am the Service Manager for DRCSAS and have been with the organisation since its started in 2011. My past professional experience has been centred around working with disabled people or victims of crime to promote social inclusion, community involvement and empowerment. I feel very passionately about raising awareness of sexual violence and gender inequality in society and am struck by the resilience and strength of the people who access our service. I am very honoured to be working with such a fantastic group of women here at DRCSAS who provide such an invaluable service".
Beverley Flavell - Specialist Support Worker
"I'm delighted to be joining the Devon Rape Crisis team from April 2015. I am busy creating a base in Torquay to cover Torbay and the South Devon area. It is a great time to be joining. There is a real buzz within the team as the expansion ensures provision of a local service to women throughout the county. My background is in Counselling and Teaching but I have always had a passion in working with women who have experienced sexual abuse and providing much needed services. I have worked many years in Nottinghamshire and was instrumental in setting up the SARC there. Having volunteered too, I appreciate the work and dedication that people have in this sector and I am looking forward to the year ahead."
Ally Wicker - Specialist Support Worker
"Since joining the DRCS team in May 2015, I have been 'beavering' away in Barnstaple raising awareness of the service the team now delivers in North Devon and Torridge area. I feel privileged to be joining a passionate and nuturing team whom are able to contribute a broad range of skills and experiences to enrich and promote the lives and emotional wellbeing of young people and women who have experienced sexual violence. I have worked within the health and social care sector in Devon, both within public and voluntary organisations. My most recent roles have included working as a Health Visitor, project based work in Children's centres and facilitating training on raising awareness on the impact of parental imprisonment on children. I have always been inspired by individual's journeys - their capability for courage, resilience, hope and self-compassion, often in times of adversity. DRCS is able to offer a 'safe sanctuary' for women and young people to explore feelings and strengthen their capacity at a pace that is right for them. I am looking forward to the year ahead and being part of DRCS' journey."
Ilaria De Simoni - Counsellor for Young People
"I feel very privileged to be part of DRCS working with young people as a counsellor.
I have experience working with adults and young people in the resettlement and homeless field as well as with women who have suffered domestic violence and trauma. I have also worked as a locum counsellor with university students, as a counsellor in the NHS, and I am currently also working as a counsellor with the Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) community. I have worked in Devon as well as in Italy, my home country.
I feel very passionate about building a society where there is equality and respect and so I'm very proud to have been given the opportunity to join DRCS team".
Tracey Lindley - Counsellor for Young People
"I am delighted to of joined Devon Rape Crisis Service in June 2015 as a young persons counsellor. This gives me the opportunity to work as part of a great team and provide a much needed service to young women who have experienced sexual violence. I have been working as a counsellor for over 10 years in Devon and Bristol. I have worked alongside agencies who have provided support to women who have experienced domestic abuse, children in schools and projects advocating for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) communities. Prior to this I worked in housing providing support to vulnerable tenants encouraging independent living, and with young women as a youth and community worker. I enjoy working creatively, encouraging clients to explore feelings in a safe environment at a pace that is right for them. I feel proud to be a part of the important and vital service provided by DRCS".
Jo Barton - Administration & Monitoring Worker
"I joined the team in June 2015 as an Administration and Monitoring Worker. I originally worked in marketing in both the private and public sector, however wanted a more fulfilling role that would have a positive impact on people's lives. I have had an interest in counselling for a long time and a few years ago I decided to retrain, qualifying as a Counsellor in early 2015. I currently volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care.
Devon Rape Crisis provides a safe and supportive environment for women survivors of sexual violence. Working for DRCS allows me the opportunity to work for a women only service that aims not only to support women but to campaign and raise awareness about sexual violence and I am honoured to be working with such a passionate team".
Helen Brooks - Finance & Administration Worker
"I joined DRCSAS in July 2016 as an Administration and Finance Worker, excited to be able to combine my skills and love of finance with my desire to work within an organisation that has real and true meaning and that can, and does, make such a difference to survivors of sexual violence. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with such a wonderful team of staff, volunteers and trustees, who have all made me feel so welcome. I never expected to feel so at home so quickly, but this simply demonstrates the friendly, caring, professional and human nature of the women within DRCSAS. These qualities, and the shared passion and commitment, shine throughout the organisation, and given the nature of the work we undertake, are vitally important to enable us to provide the highest standards of service/support to women who have experienced sexual violence.
I was able to join a group of new volunteers in taking part in the volunteer training course. This was an inspirational experience, which not only gave me a greater understanding of the organisation and the topic of sexual violence, but also had a profound effect on me personally and has had a real impact on the way I view women and society. It also highlighted the strength and compassion of all the women who have put themselves forward to volunteer for the service with the sole purpose of helping other women".
Mandy Barnes - Volunteer & Training Co-ordinator
Hi my name is Mandy Barnes and I am the Volunteer and Training Co-ordinator at DRCSAS. A new and exciting post from August 2016 which will allow us to develop our volunteer base and extend our specialist training to other agencies and organisations.
I have worked in Cornwall for the last 10 years at a sister organisation where I received extensive training, experience and knowledge working firstly as a volunteer and then a training co-ordinator, outreach worker and service manager. I am a feminist and a passionatecampaigner/activist with a commitment to raising awareness of the impact of sexual violence and abuse. I believe that sexual violence and abuse is both a cause and consequence of gender inequality.
I also believe in the power of community and volunteers – volunteers bring the human touch, an individual and caring approach. As a volunteer the greatest gifts you can give is your time, compassion and energy.