UNIFICATION OF THE SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTRE OF LONDON AND WOMEN’S COMMUNITY HOUSE BACKGROUND ABOUT SACL Sexual Assault Centre London (SACL) exists to create our world without sexual violence. For 38 years, this has been our passion by providing support services in London and Middlesex County, and working to change harmful attitudes that allow sexual violence to exist by engaging our community to make change. SACL is uniquely positioned to provide the critical feminist focus, analysis, safety, support and expertise that is necessary to directly address sexual violence. SACL challenges the status quo by mainstreaming issues of sexual violence through public education, activism, and outreach and by advocating and supporting survivors as whole people to find their voices, to heal and thrive and to make their unique contributions. Support services at SACL include: 24 hour crisis and support line staffed by volunteers, accompaniment, individual and group counselling, outreach to vulnerable populations, advocacy, and Girls creating Change programming for young women. ABOUT WCH Women’s Community House (WCH) began operating in 1978 with a shelter on Piccadilly Street in London. From its early courageous beginnings, WCH has emerged as one of, if not the largest high security emergency shelter in the country and an active member of a dynamic community that has achieved an international reputation for services to abused women and their children. Within a feminist philosophy, WCH currently operates: two emergency shelters, a Second Stage Housing apartment building, Transitional Outreach Program (TOP), Family Court Support Worker Program (FCSW), a Community Group Program for Children Exposed to Woman Abuse, a 24-Hour Abused Women’s Helpline and walk-in counseling service to help meet the needs of abused women and their children from London and region. In 2011, to enhance the children’s program which receives limited government funding, WCH opened its first social enterprise “Mine 101”. On July 29, 2014 the Boards of Directors of the Sexual Assault Centre London and Women’s Community House met to learn about the process of full unification and about each of our respective organizations. After extensive dialogue and individual Board meetings both Boards unanimously agreed to move forward with the process of a potential amalgamation. SCOPE We are seeking an individual or company with at least 5 years of experience to help us with this process of amalgamation. Requests for proposals should include a detailed breakdown of the process used to facilitate this outcome including a thorough timeline and details on phases of the process with expectations and associated costs. Please provide details regarding your experience and 2 references from clients. SUBMISSION DATE: Proposals will be submitted by email and directed to Kate Wiggins at [email protected] and Jane McGregor at [email protected] no later than Monday, September 5, 2014 at 4:00p.m.. Questions can be directed to Kate and Jane via email.
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