To get involved, please get in touch! We welcome both survivors and allies from anywhere. Please read the rest of this page and let us know what sounds interesting to you.
To participate in Survivors Library, you must not agree with or consciously support racism, transphobia, anti-sex work sentiments, fatphobia, ableism, classism, misogyny, abuse or assault apologism, homophobia, biphobia, or anti-LGBTQIA sentiments, vicim blaming, abuse, or other forms of oppression. We are all actively working towards bettering our understanding of these oppressions, how we are complicit in them, how we internalise them, and how we can do better to combat them structurally and interpersonally.
How survivors can get involved
Survivors Library is survivor-led, non-hierarchical, and currently completely volunteer run. You can get involved with existing projects or spearhead something new. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re prioritising a few projects.
We’re in the process of writing funding applications and finding new ones. If you have knowledge or experience with funding applications, or can recommend funding applications that we may be able to apply for, please get in touch. If you don’t have experience, but still want to help out by writing, researching, and proofreading, get in touch.
Developing our collection of resources
We have a group of survivors working on our collection of resources. You don’t need previous experience with libraries, collections, or archives to get involved, although we are looking for people who do, especially people who have experience with using, adapting, or implementing archival software. If you have an interest in research, writing, proofreading, archiving, reading, or finding new resources for our collections, this is for you! Contact us.
Weekly Chat Moderating
We run weekly chats for survivors that are moderated by survivors: see our chat schedule and info. If you’re interested and have attended at least 1 chat before, please get in touch. You don’t need previous experience with moderating, we’ll provide training that takes less than half an hour.
Social Media Management
Social media is the fastest way to access resources, and we’re looking for people who are interested in developing the way we run our profiles to be more useful to survivors.
Spearhead a project, make something new, or run an event
Survivors Library has an extensive network of survivors with a variety of skills and ideas, who are looking for someone to lead on projects: see the minutes from our first resource-making meeting. If you’ve got an idea or want to see one of those ideas happen, and are a good organiser, contact us and we can put you in touch with other survivors. We can even work on funding applications together. If you want to run an event, we can help with that too.
How allies can get involved
Non-survivors can get involved with Survivors Library in the following ways:
Funding application support and guidance
If you have knowledge or experience with funding applications and can help us with ours, or can recommend funding applications that we may be able to apply for, please get in touch.
Library, collection, or archival support and guidance
If you have knowledge or experience with libraries, collections, or archives, especially with archival software, and can help us with ours, please get in touch.
Share our resources
We regularly share resources on social media, including to our own weekly chats and other activities. Sharing our posts and following us may seem like a small act, but it has a massive impact and reach: you never know who may need us, and it helps to de-stigmatise conversations around trauma. It helps even more to share with your own comments (e.g. quote tweeting), and to send posts directly to networks, organisations, or groups you’re involved with.
Donations currently help pay survivors who moderate our weekly chats, many of whom have lost sources of income due to the pandemic. Our weekly chats are an essential service supporting survivors during this extremely isolating period, where cases of domestic abuse are massively increasing. Thanks so much for supporting us.