We offer a number of different groups with different aims. All of our groups aim to reduce social isolation. Some are more relaxed and social whilst others are therapeutic.
To sit in a room of other survivors and realise that they are feeling similar things to you, makes you realise that you are not crazy. In that room, I felt normal for the first time in a long time.
Groups are offered to survivors who identify as a woman, all young people 12-18, families of survivors, individual family members and friends of survivors.
- Young People. We offer support groups to young survivors (male and female) between the ages of 12-24. The people attending the groups are around the same age, for example a 12-year-old survivor would not be in a group with a 21-year-old survivor.
- Partners, family & friends of survivors. We also offer groups that are tailored to offer support to partners, family and friends of survivors to help them understand some of feelings the survivor close to them might be experiencing.
When my son told me he was abused I felt like I had failed him. As a father my job is to protect him and I didn’t. That was really hard to deal with and speaking to other parents made me realise that I can’t change what happened but I can be the best support I can be for him now. And that is so important.
Wellbeing groups are often more structured and offer techniques to survivors in order to try and help them cope with day to day difficulties. Some of the techniques will work for some people and not for others therefore a variety of things are offered through wellbeing groups for people to try. For example we have had, Mindfulness Groups, Walking Group, Relaxation Group and CALM Group for anxiety and relaxation
Every Friday between 11-1 we run a creative group that is open to any female survivor of sexual violence. The group is an open group which means you can come along any Friday without having to commit to coming along every week. The group is less structured in that it’s a light hearted environment not based around support and offers the opportunity to meet new people, try new things and have fun.
You can speak to someone to find out more or to join our groups by calling us or emailing us. You can find our contact details here.