About Us

 

ICENA is a social enterprise offering training and consultancy to eradicate sexual discrimination and violence. Profits from these services fund vital support systems for UK survivors of sexual violence.

What we do

Sexual discrimination, harassment and violence can happen to anyone. And they frequently do. More than four-fifths of young women in the UK have been subjected to sexual harassment. One in five women have been subjected to some form of sexual assault.

At ICENA, our goal is to change attitudes, beliefs and practices to end sexual discrimination and violence while also protecting support for survivors.

We deliver non-judgemental, practical and interactive training and consultancy tailored to the specific needs of your team or organisation. We draw on our experience working across the sexual violence, health and wellbeing sectors. Our services are comprehensive and evidence-based, with measurable results.

Social Impact

Most businesses these days are conscious of their social footprint. But it’s not always easy to find ways to give back.

When you book training or consultancy with ICENA, first, you bring about social change within your organisation. But your impact goes way beyond your organisation and even your community. Profits from your fees keep sexual violence support services such as Rape Crisis open and running for those that need them. It’s a powerful way to create positive social change while procuring much-needed services for your organisation.

And there’s no impact on the quality of service you receive. Our services are tailor-made, survivor-led and trauma-informed. And as experts in our field, we pass all that valuable knowledge and insight onto you.

In return, your investment allows us to continue our work and continue supporting survivors and survivor services.

Who we are

ICENA was founded by five Rape Crisis centres in the east of England to secure predictable financial support. But we exist to not only create a sustainable source of funding for survivor services but to deliver education and consultancy that address the origins of gender-based violence and eradicate it from our society.

We’re women with experience on the frontline working with survivors of sexual violence. In 2015, Lisa Hilder’s social enterprise model inspired us to seek self-sustainability in the east of England.

Since launching in 2018, we’ve worked with organisations across the education, private and public sectors including the University of Essex, NHS England and Colchester Borough Council.

We’ve been listed on the Natwest and Pioneers Post Social Business Awards SE100, the Small Business Saturday #SmallBiz100 and been nominated for a National StartUp Award. Our CEO Naomi was also listed in the Euclid Top 10 Women in Social Enterprise.

“5-star service all round”

Thank you again for today’s training. I can’t remember the last time I came out of training so inspired and ready for action. So often training is death by PowerPoint and with nothing to take away other than worry and concern that you aren’t able to do something. This was so far from that. On the train, I planned two staff training sessions and worked out a program for our Year class and an individual in particular. Never done that before after training. Both sessions were fantastic.

 

– This learner took our train the trainer “Talking to Children about Consent course”

Get in touch

Find out more about our services. Use the form to get in touch and we’ll get back to you within two working days.

Please note, we are not a frontline organisation. If you or someone you know are in crisis, please visit the Rape Crisis England and Wales website for a list of services that can help.

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