what makes us tick?
GINA is a social enterprise offering unparalleled opportunities for people affected by rape and sexual abuse to: Grow, Inspire, Nurture and Achieve. When you support GINA, you help to create a future where people surviving sexual violence and abuse can thrive and live the life they desire.
GINA was set up after our Founder, Lisa Thompson, discovered that her much loved grandmother, Nana Gina, was raped as a teenager and had kept this secret for nearly 70 years, only disclosing shortly before she died. Lisa named GINA after her Nana to leave a positive legacy for her and for other sexual violence and abuse survivors like her. Lisa vowed that GINA would create opportunities for survivors to Grow, Inspire, Nurture and Achieve, to encourage people to believe in themselves, their resourcefulness and their potential.
GINA is not a charity – there are already incredible charities out there, providing much needed and valuable services. GINA offers something different and collaborates with survivors in the development of resources, products and events. At the heart of GINA’s philosophy is the belief that every survivor, with the right compassionate support and opportunities, can move beyond surviving to thriving after trauma. There is no equivalent private specialist rape crisis organisation. GINA is the only private specialist support provider in the UK offering services to adults who have faced sexual trauma.
Just as Lisa’s Nana Gina inspired her to do more for survivors, she hopes that you too will be inspired by GINA’s work and commit to creating a world where no survivor feels unable to speak out.
Our client-led approach empowers survivors to pursue opportunities for growth; we offer private, paid for services that survivors can access at the time they request support, to quickly meet their needs, offered in a way that suits them.
RE: GINA Running Group Grant Application:
“This was a strong, well-structured application aimed at developing an innovative intervention for a sadly widespread problem that people still find it difficult to talk about. Cutting edge stuff with potentially wide benefits for those involved and an academic edge. We’d have been mad not to” - Mike Mounfield, Director of The Wisdom Factory CIC
RE: Nurturing Workshop for Parents of Survivors (delivered at Parents Against Sexual Exploitation):
“Nurturing session was fantastic.”
“It was very helpful to have workshops in the afternoon which allowed us to focus on ourselves.” - Parent
“The nurturing workshop acknowledged the challenges to ‘looking after oneself’ when confronted with the abuse of a child, but also the importance of doing so in order to create the resilience needed to cope with ongoing trauma. There was much laughter within our group.” - Parent