Communities Rising Project

Communities Rising’s aim is to mobilise the voices, skills, actions and networks of women survivors and others in our communities in order to galvanise positive change around the issue of violence against women and girls (VAWG).

The project plans to do this by creating both a physical and a digital hub and network where survivors, community members and mentors can gather to learn skills, open conversations, take part in debate and take individual and collective action.

Over the last 4 years RISE has been listening to and engaging with people and communities of interest in a huge range of diverse and creative ways and at a level not seen since our earlier, developmental years.

Communities Rising Project
“I want to be involved in an empowering way. I have been a victim, a survivor and now I am an activist” (RISE Community Member)

Through our Big Lottery Women and Girls Community Engagement & Building Project (BLCP) we have been walking alongside non-professional community members, professional communities who work with marginalised women (older, disabled and multiple disadvantaged women), Black and minoritised communities, survivors of domestic abuse as well as enterprising women who have made a difference in other sectors from across Brighton and Hove, to initiate and harness innovative and meaningful ways to eradicate domestic abuse. We want to capitalise on the success of our social change approach to extend our reach out to survivors and community members in East Sussex and to offer a hopeful way forward for our highly pressured sector.

Communities Rising is fundamentally a proposal by our communities, for our communities. RISE grew out of grass roots community action, over the years, in common with many organisations, it has become professionalised. Whilst it is important that RISE continues to provide expert support to help manage risk and support recovery, this has created something of a lack of opportunities for members of our community, who have for years been expressing their desire to be more involved in activism, services, and awareness raising. This project gives voice to and harnesses those desires, and the huge reserves of energy that underpin them.

The initiatives that the community have told us have worked and that they want more of have been collated under four project streams which all work together to create community-led and sustainable change.

Find out more about the project here.

Click here to download the Year 2 Communities Rising Report

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