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Grantham charity sets up on its own to help victims of abuse




A charity which helps victims of rape and sexual abuse has been so successful since it set up in Grantham three years ago that is has now struck out on its own.

Trust House Lincolnshire has become an independent charity in its own right and is pushing forward with plans to extend the support it offers.

Established in Grantham in June 2015, the charity provides a free counselling service to men, women and children in Lincolnshire who have been affected by rape and sexual abuse at any point in their lives.

Originally running under the umbrella of The Survivors Trust, it is now registered with the Charity Commission and has established its own Board of Trustees.

CEO Neil Wells said: “This is an exciting stage in our journey. The support of The Survivors Trust has been invaluable but we’re now ready to move forward with our own vision.”

Trust House has supported more than 700 people across the county since it opened and has exciting plans for the future.

It currently holds about 90 counselling sessions every week.

Neil said: “We are hoping to be able to offer support from hubs around the county soon. We already offer our counselling services to students at the University of Lincoln within the university Wellbeing Centre and know that travel across such a large county can be an issue for some people.

“We’ve been able to support so many people since we’ve started and want to be able to support even more. Our waiting time to see a counsellor is low at the moment so we’re able to get people the support they need quickly.”

Trust House Lincolnshire is hoping to partner with local health and support services to offer counselling in more venues so people don’t have to travel further.

The Trust House Lincolnshire team, from left, front Lizzy Mills (lead counselling, university), Tracy Cryer (clinical lead) and Sian Reynolds (Communication and development officer); back, Neil Wells (CEO) and Michelle Tasker (lead counsellor). (6402450)
The Trust House Lincolnshire team, from left, front Lizzy Mills (lead counselling, university), Tracy Cryer (clinical lead) and Sian Reynolds (Communication and development officer); back, Neil Wells (CEO) and Michelle Tasker (lead counsellor). (6402450)

There are plans to launch a variety of support groups, including for the partners of someone who has experienced sexual violence.

Tracy Cryer, clinical lead, said: “We’ve always supported the family and friends of the survivor but we want to be able to do this in a way that might help someone who doesn’t want to go down the traditional counselling
route.”

The charity’s website has also had a facelift. Sian Reynolds, development worker, said: “Our website and social media is often the first time someone finds us. We wanted to make sure that they could see we’re warm and welcoming, and be able to provide support and education to someone who isn’t quite ready to talk to us face to face yet.”

Find out more about Trust House Lincolnshire and their services at www.trusthouselincolnshire.org

Trust House Lincolnshire (6322704)
Trust House Lincolnshire (6322704)


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