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OBJECTIVES AND PROJECTS OF THE FOUNDATION

The main objective of the EPIC Foundation will be the management of various projects and initiatives aimed at assisting victims of rape and abuse, which will include women in shelters. Other ad hoc projects will also be undertaken to help people in crisis and support other charities.
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Comfort Pack Project
 
 
 
 
Project aimed at: Various groups in crisis – i.e. survivors of rape and abusesurvivors (women, men and children).To serve as a welcome pack women and children arriving at shelters.

Comfort Packs to be used by trauma workers when they have to collect abandoned babies are called out to a crime scene. Ad hoc bags are also done to support others in crisis where these bags can make a difference such as old age homes, children’s homes, etc.

Objective of the project: To provide a rape and abuse survivors with essential items to assist them during the initial reporting process at the police station. Once a statement is taken and the medical examination completed the rape survivor will be given the opportunity to clean up. Everything needed for this process will be in the bag. Any clothing containing DNA will be kept by the police, so clean underwear is an essential itemin the bags. Where possible, additional clothing will also be provided to the crisis centres.

In most instances when women arrive at shelters, they do not have any personal belongings with them. These bags will provide something which is their own with essential contents which they can use on arrival. At times these women have their children with them, so special bags for the children will also be prepared.

These bags will be provided to the Victim Empowerment Centres (VECs) linked to police stations, hospitals, Rape Crisis Centres and the various shelters in the provice. These bags are not left at the Police stations.

Handbags are used for women, kitbags/backpacks for men, and for children two bags are done; a drawstring with items for when the case is reported and backpacks for the court day.

COMFORT PACK FOR WOMEN/MEN

  • Face cloth
  • Panties (small, med or large – no g-strings and no writing) or underpants for men
  • Sanitary towels (individually sealed and not large pack with open as we place 3 in each bag)
  • Soap (preferably bars)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo (travel size)
  • Deodorant (spray) for women and men
  • Comb or brush
  • Hairclips and hairbands
  • Body lotion
  • Small notebook and pen
  • Tissues (small packs)
  • Sweet – energy sweet i.e. SuperC or glucose (no chocolates as these melt in the bags)
  • Small bottled water
  • Lip balm or small Vaseline
  • Note - words of comfort/care
  • Handbag for ladies and backpack or kitbag for men

(The only change for men’s bags is the underwear and deodorant – the rest remains the same)

No used items please.
Additional items to be handed to the Centres: Tracksuit pants and T-shirts or gown and slippers, small hand towel


KIDDI PACK (FOR WHEN THE CASE IS REPORTED)

  • A4-sized fabric drawstring bag
  • Surgical gloves
  • Panties/underpants (from ages 2 to 12)
  • Pack of tissues (small packs)
  • Wet wipes (small packs)
  • Soap (preferably bars)
  • Facecloth
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairclips and hairbands (for girls)
  • Lip balm
  • Sanitary towels (individually sealed as we place 3 in each bag)
  • Small brown paper bag
  • Notebook and pen
  • Colouring pencils/crayons
  • Colouring in book
  • Plasters
  • Cool-drink/small bottled water
  • Snacks - chips /sweets/biscuits
  • Teddy/soft toy

Additional items to be handed to the Centres: Kiddie tracksuits (all sizes) and a small hand towel

KIDDIE PACK – FOR THE COURT DAY

  • Kiddie backpack
  • Sweets biscuits dried fruit
  • Cool-drink/small bottled water
  • Plasters
  • Notebook and pen
  • Colouring in pencils/crayons
  • Colouring in book
  • Activity toy to keep the child busy i.e. small set of Lego, small puzzles, etc.
  • Teddy/soft toy
  • Tissues and wet-wipes

SHELTER WELCOME PACK – WOMEN

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair comb
  • Deodorant spray
  • Body lotion
  • Bubble bath
  • Soap
  • Facecloth
  • Sanitary towels
  • Razor
  • Lip balm

SHELTER WELCOME PACK – CHILDREN

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby powder
  • Soap
  • Facecloth
  • Soft toy
  • Colouring in book
  • Crayons

(For babies some items excluded in nappies added)

Comfort Packs are also packed on an ad hoc basis for:

ASSISTANCE PACK FOR TRAUMA WORKERS WHO NEEDS TO COLLECT AN ABANDONED BABY: Consisting of:

  • Clothes
  • Baby bottle and dummy
  • Hat
  • Receiving blanket and baby grow
  • Formula mild
  • Grip water
  • Nappies
  • Wet wipes
  • Bottle
  • Any other baby cleaning products
  • Basic meds (panado, baby oil, Vaseline, antiseptic)
ASSISTANTCE PACK FOR TRAUMA WORKERS TO A CRIME SCENE: Consisting of:
  • Small tissues
  • Small bottled water
  • Pen
  • Small ring bound notebook
  • Chewing gum
  • Small packet of mints
  • Small pack of wet wipes
  • 3 pairs of surgical gloves
  • Lighter
OTHER COMFORT PACKS FOR
  • Old age homes
  • Orphanages, etc
  • These bags are provided to various Victim Empowerment Centres thatwork with the police stations,Rape Trauma Centres, etc.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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