We would like to wish you a Very Happy Christmas,
This has been a busy year for us and we are so grateful for all the support we have had from everyone who has helped us or contributed to our work in some way.
Over 540 people this year have contacted us for counselling, workshops groups or email support on where to get some help and resources.
We ran two workshops this year which over 75 people attended. For both
Workshops 97% of those who came said the workshop met or exceeded
their expectations. We received some lovely feedback including:
“Thank you for putting on such a wonderful workshop delivered with kindness and thought.
It was so much more than I expected! I feel challenged and energized to look at me”
“Brilliantly tailored session.. very insightful and personal felt safely navigated around the confusion – amazing work!”
Women’s Survivors Psycho-Educational Group Courses
We ran two courses this year and received encouraging feedback from those who attended:
100% of those who came to the courses said they felt more emotionally stable, confident and had greater mental and emotional health at the end of the course. Feedback we received included: ”This course is invaluable – it has brought us out of isolation. The compassion and kindness, empathy and understanding shown by the Facilitators and other members has been very very healing”
“Being part of group counselling has brought so many benefits I had not even thought about before. I have learnt so much from the other Survivors on the course as well as the amazing Facilitators. I feel stronger as a result of meeting others and talking about our experiences.”
One to One Counselling
We were also able to offer some subsidised one to one counselling thanks to the Tampon Tax and the MOPAC Funding.
We received very positive feedback from our clients including
“Feeling listened to and understood without judgement alongside all the learning and coping skills has been of immeasurable benefit to me”.
This year we have received lots and lots of requests for support
Signposting and information from Survivors, Partners, Social Workers,
Counselling and Mental Health Professionals.
We have secured the second year of funding from The Mayor’s Fund MOPAC, we also secured funding from The Tampon Tax for our ten session women’s group course.
The Co-Op Community Fund raised for us over £4,000!! Thank you so much to those of you who supported us with their points.
We are so grateful for the help of Jemina Talja who has worked so hard to get these funding bids for us.
Working With Other Services
We facilitated training in other Counselling in order to equip counsellors to Support Survivors effectively Including Sutton Women’s Centre And Metropolitan University.
The Survivors Trust
are also proud to be Full Members of The Survivors Trust (www.thesurvivorstrust.org) the National Umbrella organization
that represents Survivors at Government Level. We have take an active part in all their meetings in London this
Into The Light Featured in BACP Therapy Today Magazine
Rebecca had an article printed the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) Private Practise Magazine Summer edition on being a Survivor and also a professional counsellor. This article was also adapted and printed in the the BACP Therapy Today Magazine September issue. Into The Light and its services was also mentioned in the articles. This led to her being contacted by several counsellors asking for advice on how as Survivors they could feel less isolated. This article was also used by the BACP in their monthly Therapy Today Podcast which all BACP members can access.
For the April 2020 workshop and also the Women’s Psycho-Educational Course from March to May 2020 you can go on the waiting list please contact us for more information.
People Still Suffering:
Sadly the funding we have does not match the demand and along with many other agencies we are not able to offer help to everyone who asks us – so we are constantly seeking new ways to fund and support people creatively. If you would like to donate to our work please send us an email and we can give you more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would really like to thank Jemina Talja our amazing fundraiser, John Williamson for his great work on the website and publicity. We would also like to thank Lifecentre who we work in Association with and value so highly. Phil, Faye and all at Survivors Trust, Maureen and Natasha at St Andrews and our friends at LIFT who have helped us with our venues. David at Pollyprint for our printing. We would especially like to thank all our Facilitators for the workshops and groups this year including Sophie, Cheryl, Danbee, Michelle, Leasa, Luisa and Suzette and of course all our attendees who have joined us for our Into The Light workshops, courses and seminars, it really has been great to meet you!
Have a good Christmas, Happy New Year and hopefully see you in 2020.
Rebecca, Sadie, Nicky , Pritti
Into The Light Directors