SiT is a support centre
for men and women (eighteen+) who have experienced any form of sexual abuse in their childhood.
We support men and women who have experienced sexual abuse in childhood, through a range of trauma informed, psycho-educational activities including one to one and group therapy, counselling, advocacy, research and training to become empowered and improve self esteem and resilience.
Our targeted, individually centred provision operates within 4 key strategic areas:
- Services & Support (Direct therapeutic work (includes 1:1 trauma focused therapy and counselling, targeted group work, outreach, welfare visits & calls, phone and online support, Indirect therapeutic support (peer support, workshops, themed group sessions)
- Influence (campaigning, public and professional awareness, feeding into key local, regional and national strategy and decision making)
- Research & Education (annual research projects, conferences and workshops and training for professionals and psycho-education for survivors and their families)
- Developing & Strengthening the Charity (Continually reviewing our strategies, using the most efficient systems and investing in robust governance)
Our Ipswich town centre base is open 5 days per week; most of our one to one and group sessions take place from here where demand is highest but we do work in other parts of the county on a demand based system. We are also able to work with individuals online and over the phone.
All referrals undergo a robust assessment so we can work with the individual to devise a care pathway that’s right for them and includes them at every point.
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 female 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 (1144655) and took the decision in 2015 to transfer to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) 1159782. We now offer many targeted group sessions per week, telephone, email and online support as well as a specialist counselling and trauma informed therapy service – currently delivered by a combination of paid staff, sessional therapists and volunteers.
There is a high demand on our service but we will work very hard to get a service in place for you as soon as possible. This will start with an assessment to determine your needs and understand you experience of support so far. We operate a tiered triage system to ensure those experiencing a high level of need currently receive a service as soon as possible.
What We Can Offer You
- Listening service
- Information, advice and guidance and referrals to other specialist organisations
- Stabilisation and self esteem improvement prior to therapy (our 6 week ‘Hold Fast’ programme)
- Counselling readiness sessions (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 / therapy
- Support for partners / carers / family members who are supporting a survivor
Our Vision, Mission & Values
We want to lead by example, recognising that every adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse deserves to be listened to, believed, respected and understood.
To provide a safe, supportive environment to build self esteem and independence, to ensure that every survivor of childhood sexual abuse who accesses our service lives healthier and happier lives.
We never forget everyone is an individual and should be treated as such.
We are inspired by survivors bravery and courage, recognising their resilience.
We are independent and speak out fearlessly.
We are inclusive. We reach out to anyone who needs us.
We have integrity. We treat people with honesty and respect.
We are innovative. We are always seeking to improve and advance the methods and models we use to help survivors.
We are kind. We treat people with care and compassion.