The Drop-in is a safe, welcoming, informal space where self-identified female survivors of sexual abuse or rape can draw on strength and support from other survivors coming to terms with similar issues.
You can meet others who have experienced sexual violence and/or abuse, share coping strategies and form friendships that can support you.
You can also learn about other services that may be useful to you, borrow books from our specialist library, use art materials and access the support of specially trained female volunteers who facilitate the group.
You can ask for a private 20 minute one to one session with one of the volunteers.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided.
The drop-in takes place on a Monday and Thursday evening, between 7pm and 9pm. Please make sure to come from 7pm, as we have a small waiting room and cannot always accomodate clients beforehand.
We are closed from 22nd December to 3rd January inclusive for our Christmas holiday closure, and on Bank Holiday Mondays.
Who is the Drop-in for? Any self-identifying woman, aged sixteen years or older, is welcome.
Is the building accessible? Unfortunately our building is an old one,without a lift, and the drop-in takes place on the first floor (up two flights of stairs). The toilet is up an additional small flight of stairs. We do not currently have hearing loops fitted. If you have any concerns about accessing the drop-in, please do get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.
What is it like to come for the first time?
It is common to feel apprehensive the first time you come to the Drop-in or if you haven’t been to the Drop-in for a while. You can call in advance and let us know that you are planning to come and if you want, one of our volunteers can arrange to meet you at the door. Our Drop-in volunteers will look after you and ensure that you are not left sitting on your own or feeling awkward.
Can I bring someone with me for support?
You can also bring a female friend or family member or carer who can stay with you for up to three visits.
Is the service confidential?
It is important that you feel safe to talk in the Drop In. This is why anything you say here will be treated in confidence. We will only break confidentiality if you ask us to, or in certain circumstances where you've given us relevant information, and we're concerned for your (or somebody else's) safety. On your first visit, you will be a asked to provide your name and a safe contact number / email address which will be securely kept. For more information about this please see our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults policies.
You don’t need to book an appointment, just turn up at any time between 7pm and 9pm on a Monday and/or Thursday.
Where: 6a Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Our office is in the centre of Brighton, just a 15 minute walk from the train station. All local buses travelling into the city stop on North Street, less than 50 yards away. The closest car park is the Lanes Car Park which can be accessed from Black Lion Street.
The Drop-in is located between "Al Duomo" Restaurant and the Pavilion tea rooms, opposite "All-Bar-One". Pavilion Buildings is a pedestrian road off the bottom of North Street opposite the East Street taxi rank.
Can I volunteer? We are always looking for women who would like to facilitate the Dropin space, please see how you can get involved.
For more information please contact the Drop-in and Helpline Coordinator by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 203380.