The Survivors Trust is encouraging people to support local charity S.H.E UK in their bid to win £68275 of National Lottery funding in this year’s The People’s Projects.  

The Mansfield-based charity, S.H.E UK supports survivors of sexual violence and abuse across Nottinghamshire, and are one of five groups in ITV Calendar South region in the running for a share of almost £250,000 of funding. If successful, the charity will use the money to help improve the lives of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence and rape through their SHE-roes 'Lounge' and peer-group project.

The Charity will run a weekly session for survivors to come together and be empowered to take back control of their lives to reach their ambitions and goals. The weekly sessions will consist of facilitated self-development courses – including helping survivors understand the effects of trauma, offer coping strategies, work on mindset and much more, as well as a place to build social connections with other survivors, creating a safe space where they can build positive relationships and feel they ‘belong’. 

Watch a video highlighting SHE-roes project here: SHE-roes 'Lounge' and peer group - The People's Projects (

Lisa Lenton, Chief Executive of S.H.E UK said: “The People’s Projects has given us an amazing opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help, secure this additional much-needed funding. If we win, our project will make a real difference to our local community by offering survivors a place to progress on their healing journey. Often survivors of this horrific abuse suffer with low self-worth, anxiety, depression and carry a sense of shame – our work empowers survivors to replace that with confidence, self-belief and positivity for the future. We now need local people to get behind us, to show their support and vote.”  

S.H.E UK is a member charity of The Survivors Trust, a national UK Membership Organisation supporting specialist rape and sexual abuse services working with victims/survivors of all forms of sexual violence, sexual abuse and exploitation. We have 120 members throughout the UK and Ireland who provide specialist support services for people of all genders and ages who have been affected by sexual violence or abuse at any time in their lives.  

Voting closes at noon on Friday 26 May 2023. People can vote only once per region and will need an email address or mobile number to vote*. To support the SHE-roes Lounge and Peer group and for Terms and Conditions please visit: