Survivors Manchester, a Greater Manchester charity providing support to male survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation, has today been awarded becoming the first sexual violence service in the UK to achieve the Male Service Standards.

The charity, which celebrated its 10th birthday on 05.02.19, submitted a wealth of evidence to independent accreditors that demonstrated it’s ability to meet twenty four separate quality standards across four domains; Leadership & GovernanceAccess & EngagementService Delivery and Outcomes & Evaluation.

Managed by LimeCulture Community Interest Company (CIC), the 12-month process ended with a site visit from the accreditors to Survivors Manchester’s new support centre on the edge of the City centre and Salford, where they met with trustees, staff and service users – all to further prove the quality of service.

Survivors Manchester’s Client Services Lead, Chris Whitehead-Baines, said: “…we understand it can be hard for male survivors to trust professionals and services. We’ve always been really confident in our work, but this accreditation mark proves our services have been independently assessed and quality assured – it shows we have the needs of male survivors at the very heart of what we do and hope this gives further assurances to men making the very brave decision to contact us for support.”

Head of Operations, Chris Speed, added: “We’re incredibly proud of this achievement and for us to achieve this in our 10th birthday is even better!  We wish to thank LimeCulture for providing a robust and challenging accreditation process which highlights the support that male survivors of sexual violence should be able to access and massive thanks to our team and service users for their support and vision.”