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Before VAV, all eight of us had first-hand experience of domestic abuse and of different services such as the police, courts, mental health services and homelessness services. For some of us support was a long time coming. Some of us campaigned for the first outreach support and group work for children in Scotland. Three of us actually had more recent experience of the new outreach services, as well as the new CEDAR group work programme that was being pioneered in different areas. Going into VAV, all of this gave us the wide range of knowledge, skills and experience needed to be a young expert.

The VAV Founders look forward to passing on our passion and success to a new group of young experts.

Marc

Marc
My name is Marc and I have always been interested in doing something with domestic abuse, so when I had the opportunity to be a part of VAV when it started, I knew it was right for me. In VAV I got to use my hobbies of art and music in a lot of what we made, including our legacy film One Voice at a Time. I have always been interested in changing how schools approach domestic abuse and to further this, we created safehub.org.

Declan

Declan
Hey there, my name is Declan. I was VAV's IT expert in the first group, developing the initial VAV website. My remit in the group was pushing forward the issue of support workers and to that end I led a Participation Project to identify areas for change. In my spare time I enjoy following the games industry.

Jack

Jack
I was part of VAV because I wanted to make sure other young people get the same support I had. During my time as a young expert I was VAV's Creative Director, leading on the National Domestic Abuse Campaign in 2011 and leading on our debut film One Voice at a Time.

Karen

Karen
My name is Karen and I was the original VAV Co-Chair and Events Manager when it was the first of its kind. During my time in VAV, I campaigned for a better quality of life and support for domestic abuse survivors with my team and the people at the top. I had the opportunity to chair Minister meetings and events such as the legendary "Big Bang and Question Time" among many other experiences.

lola

lola
Hi, I'm Lola, one of the original members of VAV. During my time in the group, I was VAV's writer/researcher as well as the project lead of the VAV-led survey. I joined VAV because I'm passionate about changing the way children and young people experiencing domestic abuse are treated in this country. VAV was a lot of fun and is a brilliant experience, and I'm so proud I was there for the start.

John

John
Hi, I’m VAV’s spokesperson and White Ribbon champion John, and as of 2012 I’m 22 years old. VAV is amazing and has helped me become someone who helps and motivates others. I was the Schools Project lead and also helped get £6 million for the CEDAR project group. I love the things in my personal life too, like my Xbox, my music and my friends, but nothing compares to going to the people in power and influencing those who make policy, or visiting local authorities to encourage others to participate in projects or create their own.

Chloe

Chloe
I'm Chloe, one of the founders of VAV. I love the colour pink, I'm a mummy to the perfect little boy and my time in VAV has been amazing and made me grow into the person I am today. I was the Chair of VAV as well as the Housing Project lead, which helped me build loads of new skills that I'm keen to share.

Raya

Raya
Hey! I'm Raya and I was the Political Advisor in VAV. I was interested in finding out how VAV could make the maximum political impact as a group. I did this through the "VAV Hustings" as well as investigating how young people could become brilliant young experts who influence the top levels of government.