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New Pathways attends Buckingham Palace

New Pathways attends Buckingham Palace

Date: 2 May 2024 | By: newpathway
On Wednesday 1st May, our Head of Sexual Assault Services, Sarah Thomas, along with our ISVA team were invited to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace. The reception was to recognise those who support survivors of sexual assault and to relaunch Her Majesty The Queen's Wash Bags project.
It was an honour to meet with and speak to The Queen, MPs and 300 other attendees, who like us, dedicate themselves to eradicating sexual violence. Have a look at what the team got up to below:

 

The New Pathways Team with their invites on their way to Buckingham Palace (from left: Rebecca Seward-Smith (ISVA), Samantha Wassall (Regional SARC Coordinator - Gwent), Sarah Thomas (Senior Manager/Head of Sexual Assault Services), Lyndsey May (Regional SARC Coordinator - South Wales) and Lisa Richards (Regional SARC Coordinator - Dyfed-Powys)

 

The team enjoying the sites on Buckingham Palace grounds

 

Meeting with friends and partners working in the Sexual Violence sector: (The New Pathways team with Sue Roberts, Stepping Stones, North Wales (left) and Helen Swain, Cyfannol Women's Aid (second from left).

 

"It was a real honour to have been invited to a reception given at Buckingham  Palace by The Queen to recognise those who support survivors of rape and sexual assault. I feel privileged representing our entire team at New Pathways, who demonstrate each day their dedication in their work.  Being in the company of so many wonderful people that are equally dedicated and passionate about supporting survivors was truly humbling. A a day that I will always remember!" - Sarah Thomas (Senior Manager/Head of Sexual Assault Services)

 

Our Head of Sexual Assault Services, Sarah Thomas with Sara Kirkpatrick, Welsh Women's Aid and Helen Swain, Cyfannol Women's Aid.

 

Our Head of Sexual Assault Services, Sarah Thomas with Professor Betsy Stanko, criminologist academic and researcher for Operation Soteria.

 

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Over 300 attendees who support survivors of sexual violence were invited to attended Her Majesty The Queen's reception to celebrate our work and to relaunch the Wash Bags project. Notable attendees included Cherie Blair of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Theresa May and The Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales, Nicole Jacobs.

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