GINA is a social enterprise offering unparalleled opportunities for individuals subjected to sexual violence & 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 been subjected to 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.
meet our sister
rape and sexual violence project (RSVP)
The profits raised through GINA are donated to Rape & Sexual Violence Project (RSVP), a large, specialist sexual violence & abuse charity established in 1978, operating across Birmingham and Solihull in the West Midlands. Every penny you spend through GINA will help to make a sustainable future for RSVP and create positive legacies for the survivors who access their services. Through the provision of services, activities and resources, GINA generates profit which will be used both for RSVP and for the development of more GINA services and events which benefit survivors and their supporters. Profits raised through GINA's private services are donated to RSVP to help fund free services for survivors who need them.
Our vision is to bring hope, choice and opportunity to individuals subjected to sexual violence and abuse through the provision of private support services.
GINA is a UK social enterprise offering unparalleled opportunities for individuals subjected to sexual violence and abuse to express themselves in a way that promotes freedom of choice through the provision of our services. We actively influence positive change through a commitment to continually Grow as an organisation, Inspire and Nurture individuals subjected to sexual violence and abuse, and Achieve a sustainable legacy for Nana Gina.
our social mission
We are proud to support survivors and contribute towards reducing the long-term consequences of sexual violence and abuse, both for individuals and for the benefit of the communities of Birmingham and Solihull.