We’re happy to introduce our New Pathways Ambassador, Libby Jones, MBE. As Ambassador, Libby will help to raise awareness of our work. This is an important role as it helps us reach new people, encourages more people to reach out when they need us, and hopefully inspires greater public dialogue around sexual violence.
Libby Jones, MBE, is the founder and former managing director of New Pathways. Over 25 years ago, Libby was a volunteer with a helpline in Merthyr Tydfil that supported women who had experienced sexual violence. At the time, there was little or no help for these groups in Wales. When the helpline closed, she set up the New Pathways project and grew the organisation over the next 20 years, establishing the first sexual assault referral centre (SARC) in Wales in 2005 and helping to shape the sexual violence sector in the UK. She was awarded the MBE for services to vulnerable people in 2009.
Q: What made you decide to become an Ambassador?
New Pathways will always be a part of me – you never stop loving your baby no matter how old they are. It was a very happy day for me when I was asked to become an Ambassador for New Pathways. It is a position that will help me secure and promote New Pathways in its future journey. If I can be a voice that is encourages people that need help to turn to New Pathways, I will be a very happy person.
Q: What are you hoping to accomplish?
In the beginning of New Pathways’ life, my aim was to help and support those who had been broken from abuse, providing them with safe and specialised support. I am so proud of what has been achieved over these many years. However, we must never stop advancing as there is still more we can do and achieve. I hope to be part of that driving force. I would like to be an encourager, to support the staff – the New Pathways family in every way I can. I am extremely proud to be in this role and will carry it out to the very best of my abilities.