HOW DO I CONTACT SURVIVING TOGETHER?
If you are thinking of coming along, please give us a call on 01603 622406 first so that we can explain what the group is about. You can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re really friendly so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries.
WHEN ARE THE SESSIONS?
We have regular meetings every month, both during the day and the evening.
Daytime: 10.15 – 11.45 on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
Evening: 19.00 – 21.00 on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
at: Sue Lambert Trust, 6 Music House Lane, Norwich, NR1 1QL
WHO IS IT FOR?
The group is available to any woman over 18 who is suffering from the effects of sexual abuse. You may have tried counselling or have already received help from organisations such as Rape Crisis or Victim Support. You may have had help from the police in some way, but you still find you have issues and worries that seem to reappear now and again. You still find life difficult at times. Surviving Together is about the survivors. We can share our worries and fears without judgement. Being in a group we know we are not alone.
It takes a lot of courage to make the first move but it’s worth a try.
WHAT IS IT LIKE?
Put aside any ideas you may have of what a Survivors meeting might be like and think instead of a group of women, of any age, coming together because of something they have in common. What they share is a knowledge of something hidden and the effect it has on their lives.
The sharing takes many forms. It may be a current problem or a need to disclose the cause of their pain. Any disclosure is always voluntary. No-one is asked or encouraged to be more specific than they themselves choose to be.
We are prepared for tears, but newcomers should be prepared for a warm welcome, friendship, support and laughter.
Come and join us and see for yourself what we’re all about.
WILL I HAVE TO ATTEND EVERY SESSION?
No, you do not have to make any commitment to attend every session. Of course, we would love to see you but it’s completely up to you how often and when you attend.
HOW BIG ARE THE GROUPS?
The groups sizes vary from session to session. However, there are always two facilitators and a minimum of 2 survivors.
WHAT DO WE OFFER?
We offer Support and Friendship, in a relaxed atmosphere and a safe place. Surviving Together offers the opportunity for women to share their experiences if they so wish – but there is absolutely no pressure. We have a rule of confidentiality which goes up on the wall during group sessions, along with a Strict Confidentiality Policy. We do not offer counselling, but we do provide information on services available and their costs. We also have our own selective range of books which members can borrow. We arrange many other activities, some run by ourselves and some with outside contacts; these range from crafts, art therapy, self-esteem workshops and various other talks and activities to help you rebuild your confidence and strength.
We also hold regular social events, such as coffee mornings, where survivors can meet up and socialise in a non-judgemental and relaxed environment.
We offer speakers to come in and give help and advice on connected topics. We always welcome suggestions from the group members as you know better than anyone what you need or require.