At the start of this journey nearly four years ago, none of the SEEdS Directors could have anticipated how far we would travel within our own lives, and the lives of those around us.
As we’ve forged our path we have received incredible support and appreciation from people and organisations who have believed in us, encouraged us and helped us along the way.
We thank our supporters wholeheartedly and resolve to ‘pay it forward’ by walking with survivors, informing better practice and challenging the injustice of domestic abuse for a brighter, safer future for the women and children we serve.
We are honoured to have Rachel Williams as our Patron. Also a survivor of domestic violence, Rachel founded SUTDA – Stand Up To Domestic Abuse and is a tremendous advocate for victims and survivors.
It is with great pleasure that I accept the role of patron to SEEdS Wales (C.I.C). Having worked with many of the Seeds I find their work to be conscientious and diligent in the fight against VAWDASV and would heartily recommend them to any partnership who wishes to work with them.
I, personally, look forward to working with them now and in the future as individuals and as a company.
Good work SEEdS Wales, keep that banner flying high!!
We are also proud to be endorsed & encouraged by:
Llamau are delighted to see experts by experience taking the next step and developing a survivor led organisation which can stand up for survivors, influence policy and shape the future of services.
Only by listening learning and acting on the experience and input of survivors can we develop services which not only meets the needs of survivors and their families but shapes the future development of services. Llamau has and always will develop services shaped by the experiences and advice of the people we are privileged to work with.
We wish SEEDS the very best and will be honoured to work with and alongside these inspirational women. Only by working together will we ever create an environment where violence and abuse of women and children is not tolerated and those that perpetrate it are ostracised by society and the full weight and force of the law is brought to bear.
Frances J Beecher, Chief Executive
South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner
We are delighted to have supported survivor engagement and participation through our work with Community Foundation in Wales and we wish Seeds Wales well as they venture into new territory as an independent community interest company.
Paula Hardy, Strategic Lead
Vulnerability & Victims, South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner Team
Cardiff Council Worked with Seeds Wales to ensure that the survivors voice was central to our VAWDASV Regional strategy, a requirement of the Wales VAWDASV (2015) Act. Representatives were involved at every step of the process and their insight and contribution was valued by all of the partners involved. A copy of the strategy can be found here. Currently Seeds Wales have been working with Cardiff Council to revise their VAWDASV workplace policy and practice guide.
Alongside sharing their knowledge and experience, they have provided case studies which have certainly made the policy more meaningful to those accessing it. They have also contributed to interactive briefings with resources staff which have helped to highlight how VAWDASV issues may be present within the workplace and importantly, how best to support and work with survivors to access specialist help and make the workplace safer. Representatives have also shared their experiences at a number of events.
The strength and courage shown and the impact their stories have had cannot be underestimated. Each time Seeds Wakes has been mindful of their audience, skilfully tailoring their input to insure that key messages are heard. I have no hesitation in recommending Seeds Wales to others.
SEEdS are an amazing group of people doing invaluable work. I have no doubt that the world is a better place because of the work that they are doing and there has never been a more important time for them to exist than now.
We are very proud to have been able to work with them on the creation of their new website and look forward to supporting them on their ongoing journey of growth.
Tom Latham, Director
Welsh Women’s Aid
Welsh Women’s Aid’s vision is a world where women and children live free from domestic abuse, sexual violence and all forms of violence against women. We place survivors’ voices and their lived experiences central to our work and are proud to have piloted the ground-breaking project to train and support survivors to empower and educate services to improve their responses.
We are even more proud and excited to see the SEEdS group embark on the next step in their journey as the independent venture Seeds Wales. Their input will be crucial in shaping future policies and responses to VAWDASV in Wales. We offer them every best wish & encouragement in their future endeavours and welcome them as an ally in the cause.
Sara Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive Officer
Welsh Women’s Aid