Jill Alexander, one of our valued Therapeutic Facilitators and Trustees, has won the coveted Women of Influence Award

Every year, the Nottinghamshire Community Foundation chooses two women in Nottinghamshire who can demonstrate, that on a voluntary basis they have and are making a significant difference to their local communities. This year, our very own Jill Alexander is one of those women.

We nominated Jill because she is one of our most devoted members of staff who, for the last 10 years, has been an integral part of our efforts to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Despite her fight with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, which would stop most people from taking part in a normal active life, she delivers a weekly creative therapy course at our Newark base, working with 10 women to find more positive ways of self-expression and creative methods to articulate feelings, emotions and experiences (directing them away from self-harm or substance abuses). She provides face-to-face crisis and 1-to-1 therapy with up to 12 members weekly to help them cope with and work through the devastating long term effects of childhood sexual abuse, with the ultimate aim of recovery from this trauma. She provides daily support to a greater number of members through the relatively new development of our Facebook page – this affords our members with invaluable contact over and above the face-to-face work, and allows her to interact with members who find it difficult to access our services and/or are not ready to leave their home. She is also a member of our trustee board, working to safeguard our crucial services and guarantee the continuation of our charity. In short, she is unswervingly motivated to give her mind and soul to help women who have suffered unconscionable abuses of trust and is devoted in her pledge to do so for the foreseeable future.

Over the years, Jill has positively affected the lives of hundreds of victims of childhood sexual abuse. We are so very happy that the awarding body is recognising Jill’s selfless contributions and are looking forward to the Award Ceremony Dinner in January.

The award also comes with a cheque for £2,500 which we will be able to put towards a long list of items to improve the services we provide to survivors in Nottinghamshire. This includes digital tools for creative therapy as well as training courses and travel costs for Jill. We are looking forward to being able to help even more survivors this way.