Our Name

The Quetzal is native Central and South American bird which was caught for its beautiful head and tail feathers and caged. Legend has it that it dies when caged. The support Quetzal has to offer helps to break down the bars of psychological cages for women who are recovering from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse.

Our History

Quetzal was the brainchild of Jennifer Anthony Black, beginning in 1989 as a self-help group and then developing into a more formal range of professional support services.  Sadly, Jennifer passed away in March 2009, but her vision remains.

In 2019, Quetzal celebrated its 30 years and the start of a new journey as it strive to develop its services further. Quetzal remains the only long-term counselling services supporting women recovering from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. Through its outreach work, Quetzal also aspire to become a driving force in using a community-based approach to empower communities with the knowledge and capacity to support further women affected by non-recent abuse.

Our Approach

Quetzal uses a trauma-informed approach in its work, culture and organisation and as such:

  • Understands the widespread impact of trauma and potential paths for recovery
  • Recognises the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff and others involved in the system
  • Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures and practices; and
  • Seeks to actively prevent re-traumatisation.

Our Team

Hollie Venn

Service Manager

Shabnum Popat

Clinical Lead

Deborah Knight

Fundraising Manager

Aisha Kadiri


Kirsty Beecroft


Marie Lefebvre

Development Officer
& Project Facilitator

Our team is made up of 5 part-time, 1 full-time staff, 17 volunteer counsellors and 5 volunteer connectors supporting women recovering from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. Quetzal’s board of trustees is made up of 8 individuals who ensure that the needs of the beneficiaries are met and that our values are upheld.