The Counselling for Survivors Network aims to strengthen and sustain accessible and high-quality counselling and therapy services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.
The network developed as a result of project funded by Home Office through the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire. The funding was part of a much larger project focusing on transforming VAWG (Violence Against Women and Girls) services in Leicestershire.
The project aimed to bring together local providers of counselling and therapy services for survivors to explore ways in which we could work together better, develop new ways of working, agree quality standards, and collaborate on key aspects of our service delivery such as volunteer recruitment.
The partnership includes:
• FREEVA (provider of domestic and sexual violence services and lead provider of counselling for UAVA)
• Jasmine House (Leicester Rape Crisis)
• First Step (for male survivors of child sexual abuse)
• Trade (LGBT sexual health service)
• Quetzal (for female survivors of child sexual abuse)
• New Dawn New Day (a Women’s Centre supporting with complex needs, including the provision of group therapy for trauma survivors).
The 3-year project was led by new Dawn New Day and facilitated by Becky Nixon of Ideas to Impact, an independent consultant specialising in the VCS and public sector.
As a network of providers, we are committed to continuing to work together for the benefit of women and men whose lives have been impacted through the trauma of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
An outcome of this project was the creation of a brand-new directory of services for survivors looking to access therapeutic support.
It provides information to potential clients and referral agencies about the services that are available to survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence and serves as the central point of information for survivors or referral agencies to make an informed choice about the appropriate service for yourself or a client.
Survivors and Organisations can access this website at: https://counsellingforsurvivors.org.uk/