SiT is a support centre for men and women (eighteen+) who have experienced any form of sexual abuse in their childhood.

What is SiT?

Survivors in Transition (SiT) was started as a voluntary organisation back in 2009 to address the lack of specialist support available in Suffolk for adult survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA).

SiT started out by offering a coffee morning for survivors to come together and share experiences and support one another and has grown and developed steadily, responding to user identified need.

We became a registered charity in November 2011. We now offer 5 targeted group sessions per week, telephone, email and online support as well as a specialist counselling and therapy service – currently delivered by a number volunteers and one paid member of staff.

The few years with the Savile scandal, and other high profile cases of historic abuse has seen unprecedented demand on our service.

Our Aims

SiT support male and female adult survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Violence and Exploitation in Suffolk and further afield. Breaking the cycle of abuse that exists in families and safeguarding future generations from sexual abuse is our ultimate objective. We aim to empower survivors to take control of their lives and cope better with the daily effects the abuse has left them with.

We aim to provide the kind of support that is right for each individual who makes contact with us, we take into account personal circumstances to assure that the individual is treated – not just the problem. We achieve these aims by offering a wide means of contact so that people can contact us in whatever medium they feel comfortable with. We spend time listening so that we can provide the best support in a non-judgmental, welcoming and safe environment.

Who We Are

SiT was founded by Clare Wilson and Fiona Ellis. Clare now volunteers as the nominated Safeguarding and Child Protection lead and Fiona runs the organisation from day to day.

We are governed and accountable to a Board of Trustees who meet quarterly. Our group sessions are run by willing and committed volunteers and supervised student placements with the input of qualified counsellors and therapists.

Our 1:1 counselling, therapy and pre counselling sessions are delivered by qualified counsellors and therapists and supervised student placements.

What We Can Offer You

  • Listening service
  • Information, advice and guidance and referrals to other specialist organisations
  • Counselling readiness sessions and ore counselling framework (Hold Fast)
  • Individual counselling and therapy
  • Individual support plans (practical and emotional support)
  • Group support sessions for men and women
  • Peer support sessions
  • Family work
  • Phone and online counselling
What to expect

Contact SiT

Our Sessions - We offer a number of facilitated group and drop in sessions throughout the week as well as 1:1 counselling - please email for more details.










Open 9-5

Phone support available 9.30am to 4pm

11am to 1pm “Evolve Women’s Session” @ 84 Fore Street

Structured, facilitated group session for women – by referral




Office open 9-5

9.30am to 4pm phone support available

10am-1pm “First Steps” @ 84 Fore Street

Welcoming open session for men or women coming to SiT for the first time. Feel free to drop by without an appointment and speak with one of our support workers or get more information about how we can support you.





Office open 9-5

9.30am to 4pm Phone support available

Hold fast groups by referral

10.00 am to 11.30am Walking Group – meet at the question mark statue outside the front of the university for a relaxed walk and support. No referral



Office open 9-5

9.30am to 4.00pm Phone support available

WISH group for women by referral


9-5 Office open

10-12 Phone support available

10.30-12 SiT Cafe

Monthly (last Friday in each month) drop in cafe for SiT clients and their partners, carers and family members. Hot & cold drinks & snacks available to purchase.

Service User Group follows cafe