Annual Report: 2017-2018

Group Work

Support for clients before and after counselling, as well as for their family members

Family support group

Who for? Family members who support someone with an addiction to drugs or alcohol or who are affected by someone’s addiction

How many sessions? As many or few sessions as family members wish

When? Every Wednesday from 7-9pm at Southmead Project

Pre-counselling groups

Groups are run throughout the year for clients on our waiting list. The peer support they receive can help reduce isolation and those feelings of being ‘the only one’, which can enable a huge shift for clients working with their trauma. We have a range of self-care tools that we offer including mindfulness, grounding, managing triggers, flashbacks, nightmares, communication skills and psychoeducation on the impact of trauma. We have been able to extend the programme from six to eight weeks as a result of client feedback.

Post-counselling groups

We are thrilled to announce that we have secured funding to start post-counselling groups for clients that have had counselling with us in 2019-20. These sessions will provide support following one-to-one counselling.

Year-long group

We ran a group between March 2018 and January 2019 that used creative tools to support survivors of abuse. The participants gained many skills and a deeper understanding of their trauma. Clients told us the benefits of the group included…
“Having PTSD properly understood”
“Learning ways to cope in everyday life”
“Gaining knowledge that I am not alone”