As we approach Christmas, we also come to the end of the second exciting year of Release Counselling & Therapy for Women!
2014 has been a busy year of growth for us, and here are some of the highlights:
-Over the last two years, since Release began, we have received referrals from 94 individual women
-During 2014, 6 women completed the ‘Into the Light’ 10-week group for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and are continuing to meet for peer-led support
-We also successfully ran our ‘Boost Your Confidence and Improve Your Self-Esteem’ Course for 12 women, in partnership with Project Gateway, a women’s service in Portslade
-In 2014, 14 women have engaged in one-to-one counselling
-20 women are currently on our waiting list for our therapeutic groups in 2015, and 5 women for one-to-one counselling
-Release was awarded grants from Sussex Community Foundation and Brighton & Hove City Council to run our therapeutic groups in the community
-A team of 5 runners successfully completed the Brighton 10k in aid of Release, and raised an amazing £2,000.
This is what some women have had to say about their experiences at Release Counselling this year:
“ Release Counselling has changed my life for the better.”
“I have found tremendous healing through telling my story. I was supported and listened to beautifully throughout my counselling sessions, and I have now begun the wonderful process of coming home to myself. Thankyou.”
“Participating in the group has had a huge impact on my recovery- it has propelled me forwards…”
“I have learnt so much about myself and why I do certain things, and that I am not alone. I am a survivor and not a victim and have my place in this world and can hold my head up. Thank you for the opportunity to grow.”
2015 looks set to be a year of further growth for Release. In the New Year we launch a new 10-week support group for new mums called MummyShock. We will also be re-running our group with Into the Light, for survivors of childhood sexual abuse in May 2015.
If you would like to donate to the work of Release this Christmas, to ensure low-cost, easily accessible counselling is available to women in the community in the year ahead, you can donate quickly and easily via the link:
Warmest wishes this Christmas.
From all at Release.