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 - Service Manager
"I am the Volunteer Co-ordinator for DRCS and have been with the organisation since September 2011.
I have previously worked in different roles based around social inclusion, empowerment and support, particularly with disabled people and victims of crime. In a lot of my roles, I have needed volunteers to be able to carry out the organisation’s service or objective. Having been both a volunteer and having managed volunteers, I feel that they bring something very special to an organisation and a community.
I am very honoured to be working with such a fantastic group of women here at DRCS 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".
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.