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Support Groups

Support Groups are provided for people over 18 years of age who have experienced sexual violence, and who are not currently engaged in the Criminal Justice System. The groups provide a confidential, safe place for people to share their experiences with other survivors.

Attending a group can feel daunting, however we offer a very safe, welcoming environment which is facilitated by a qualified specialist practitioner.

What are Support Groups?

The groups look at a range of topics while allowing participants to share and explore their experiences with others at their own pace. The aim of support groups is to lessen the feelings of isolation and stigma that many people experience following rape, assault or childhood sexual abuse. The group provides skills to enable people to make positive changes, and empowers people to feel more confident in moving forward with their lives.

Support Groups run on a ten session rolling programme, with a different topic for each session including:

  • Managing anxiety
  • Boundaries and personal safety
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress management
  • Assertiveness
  • Managing anger
  • Exploring shame
  • Problem solving
  • Relationships
  • Self-care

How are groups run?

The groups run on a monthly or fortnightly basis, either face to face or online.

 

Face to face sessions

We provide face to face sessions in community based locations across Cheshire, Knowsley and St Helens (locations are detailed in the timetable below).

 

Online sessions

Many people prefer to access sessions remotely due to a range of issues, such as lack of transport, problems with childcare, and mobility issues etc. Our online sessions are easily accessed through Zoom, which is a free of charge video conferencing platform – you can use a mobile, tablet, laptop or PC to participate

 

Stakeholder group

This group is for anyone who is interested in getting involved with our charity including service users, survivors and professionals. We share ideas and consult with members on any changes or updates to the delivery of our services across Cheshire and Merseyside. We also have guest speakers joining the group throughout the year to talk about related topics.

 

By joining this group you will also be invited to join our ‘Slack app’ where you can talk to other members in between the monthly meetings. Meetings are help on the last Tuesday of every month via Teams between 5pm-6pm. If your interested and would like to know more please email Kirsty@rapecentre.org.uk

 

Timetable

 

 Date and timeName and type of group
First week of the month
Tuesday
10am – 12pm
Warrington women’s group face to face
Wednesday
10am – 12pm
Northwich men’s Zoom group
Wednesday
1pm – 3pm
Northwich women’s Zoom group
Second week of the month
Tuesday
5.30pm – 7pm
Women’s evening Zoom group / Chester Zoom group
Wednesday
10am – 12pm
Macclesfield women’s Zoom group
Thursday
10am – 12pm
Crewe women’s group face to face
Third week of the month
Tuesday
10am – 12pm
Warrington women’s Zoom group
Wednesday
10am – 12pm
Northwich men’s group face to face
Wednesday
1pm – 3pm
Northwich women’s group face to face
Fourth week of the month
Tuesday
10am – 12pm
Chester women’s group face to face
Thursday
10am - 12pm
Crewe women’s Zoom group
Friday
10am -12pm
Macclesfield women’s group face to face

How to refer

If you are a current RASASC client please speak to your worker and they will be able to refer you to the Group Programme. If you are new to the service please use the Online Referral Form.

 

A Specialist Practitioner will get in touch with you to complete an assessment to make sure that the group is the right environment for you, they will also provide more information about confidentiality, boundaries and what you can expect from attending Support Groups.