Welcome to me! My name is Tammy and I am CEO of Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire Circles of Support & Accountability.
We work to prevent sexual harm. We do this in many ways, the most recognisable being the Circles we run with people who are a risk of causing sexual harm. Our criteria for Circles is motivation not to cause harm, social isolation and emotional loneliness. We work with people of all risk levels (including people who haven’t caused any harm but recognise their potential). We also offer 1:1 interventions, awareness training and support other organisations to safely offer their services to convicted offenders.
I am passionate about preventing sexual harm, working towards our mission of no more victims. However, at times this job can be a lonely one. Although there are other Circles projects and other organisations working in this complex field, often we are so overwhelmed by the issues in our local area we don’t get chance to connect. This is really frustrating as we also recognise that together our power to prevent is stronger.
This is where the NOTA prevention committee come in. Last month I went to the NOTA conference in Cardiff. I go every year and really value going! NOTA broadens my horizons, updates me on new ways of working and tops up my desire to learn and develop. I meet inspiring, intelligent, dedicated people. However, to me the biggest benefit from NOTA is that it is the ONLY time of the year I am surrounded by people on the same page as me. People immersed in this prevention journey, people trying to continue, trying to stay emotionally resilient and make a difference.
At NOTA I’m surrounded by people with variations of the same mission. People absolutely committed to preventing sexual abuse, people who recognise that as a society our approach needs to change, people who are willing to work with people who have the potential to cause sexual harm and to do anything they need to do to prevent them causing more victims.
During the AGM I heard about the Prevention Committee and I recognised the opportunity to connect, share learning and messages. In Yorkshire, Humberside & Lincolnshire we are working hard to start the conversation between victim services and perpetrator services, to encourage partnership working to really make an impact the community understanding and awareness of what works, what makes a difference? I have no doubt that other projects in other areas will be doing similar.
The landscape of sexual harm is changing, people are starting to talk about it, the media is reporting on it. Working together we can help prevent sexual harm and challenge social norms and misconceptions. We need to talk about what really makes the difference - awareness, rehabilitation, recognition and zero tolerance - community change and action!
By nature of the name everyone who is on the committee is there to prevent sexual abuse. I look forward to learning from the other members, sharing what is happening in YHL and working together to make a larger impact.
Tammy Banks - CEO Yorkshire, Humberside & Lincolnshire Circles of Support & Accountability
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