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CORONAVIRUS:   JULY 2020

We will be taking new referrals from Monday July 13.    As outlined below, please call the office on 01383 739084.   Appointments will be offered initially to clients already on our list or who had their assessments cancelled due to lockdown.

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Safe Space offers 1-1 counselling and groupwork to people of 12 years upwards who have suffered sexual abuse in childhood.  Our services are free, independent and impartial, and our workers are professionally trained.

Please note that we cannot offer our service to perpetrators of sexual abuse. 

The best way to access the support that you need is to give us a call.  We can then arrange an appointment at a time that suits you, and explain anything you want to know before your first visit.

If you need someone you trust to contact us on your behalf, it helps if you can be with them while they make the call.   We will ask for some contact details, and a few general questions about your health so that we can make your first appointment as stress-free as possible.

We understand that you may need to bring someone with you to the first appointment.  (Due to the size of our premises we have no waiting area for friends or family members, although there are plenty of little cafes nearby.)

You are free to choose counselling, groupwork, or both, and we aim to offer you the first appointment with the service co-ordinator as soon as possible.    This is quite an in-depth session, helping to get an understanding of what you may need from Safe Space.   At busy times, you might have to wait several weeks for this, and there will probably be another wait for your 1-1 or group sessions to start.   We will offer you some possible support sources in the meantime.

We don’t prescribe the number of sessions that you will need, as this is one of the things that you will be able to monitor with your groupworker or counsellor during your work together.

We do ask you to let us know if you can’t attend one of your appointments here.  If you miss two sessions without letting us know, you may have to wait for another counsellor or group to become available.  If you attend a session when you are affected by drugs or alcohol, we will bring your session to a close and ask you to come back the following week instead.

If you are a witness in legal proceedings, we cannot accompany you to court, but we will help you to find the right person who will support you while this is happening.

All counsellors at Safe Space are trained to Diploma level or above, and have completed the mandatory 4-day trauma training ‘Opening Pandora’s Box’.

Both paid staff and volunteers work to the same standards of professional ethics, including regular specialist training and both individual and group supervision every month.

We take training and supervision very seriously, and require all the independent supervisors who support our  service to have experience of therapeutic work with childhood sexual abuse, so that their wisdom will help to develop the insight and understanding that we hope to offer all our clients.

Safe Space’s therapeutic work is accredited by COSCA’s recognition scheme, which is reviewed every year to rigorous standards.

COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) website:  www.cosca.org.uk

Safe Space is also a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy): www.bacp.co.uk

If you are interested in volunteering for either the 1:1 counselling service, or group work, please email us via contact@safe-space.co.uk.  

 

Safe Space is both a registered charity, SCOO8695, and a company limited by guarantee, SC279327.    Its Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic management of the organisation under its constitution, and for compliance with charitable, financial and legal requirements.

Board members are drawn from a range of professional backgrounds, and include members with experience within counselling work.

We would welcome applicants to join the Board.   If you are someone who cares about making a difference to the lives of individuals who experienced childhood sexual abuse and who is able to make a regular commitment to the Charity, please email us for more information:  contact@safe-space.co.uk.

Directors are expected to attend an induction course at Safe Space, and regularly attend monthly board meetings which are usually held on a Monday evening between 6pm and 8pm.  

 

If something goes wrong, we always want to know.   Safe Space workers have in-depth training in professional boundaries, and will welcome your feedback.  When your counselling or group work starts, you will receive a copy of our Complaints Procedure, which explains how we try to resolve any problem you might experience here.

Please see under ‘Our Policies’ at the foot of this page.