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Drop-in

A safe space in Brighton and in Eastbourne where self-identified female survivors of sexual abuse or rape can support each other.

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 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 also ask for a private 20 minute one to one session with one of the volunteers.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

You can learn more about the Brighton Drop-in in the questions below. You can learn about the Eastbourne Drop-in here, and in the questions below.

Information about the Drop-in

Who is the Drop-in for? toggle accordion content

The Drop-in is for any self-identifying woman, aged sixteen years or older, who has experienced sexual abuse or rape.

When is the Drop-in?toggle accordion content

The Brighton Drop-in is on Monday and Thursday evenings, between 7pm and 9pm. The Brighton Day Drop-in is on the 3rd Friday of the month from 11am – 1pm. The Eastbourne Day Drop-in is fortnightly, dates are available here.

We recommend that you call the office before coming in for a workshop or for the drop-in – sometimes staff shortage results in last minute cancellation.

Please make sure to come from 7pm for the evening Drop-in, as we have a small waiting room and cannot always accommodate clients beforehand.

Where is the Drop-in?toggle accordion content

The Brighton Drop-in is located at 6a Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE. It is 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.

The building 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.

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The Eastbourne Drop-in is located at Bourne Out, 7 Mark Lane, Eastbourne (this building is wheelchair accessible).

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Is the Drop-in accessible?toggle accordion content

Unfortunately our Brighton building is an old one, and there is not a lift to the Drop-in space which is up a flight of stairs. Our building does not currently have hearing loops fitted. Please get in touch with us if you have any access or communication needs and we will seek to accommodate these despite the limitations of our building.

Our Eastbourne Drop-in is wheelchair accessible.

What is it like to come for the first time?toggle accordion content

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? toggle accordion content

You can bring a female friend, family member or carer who can stay with you for up to three visits.

Is the service confidential?toggle accordion content

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 asked to provide your name and a safe contact number / email address which will be kept securely. For more information about this please see our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults policies.

 

Do you have to book to come? toggle accordion content

You don’t need to book an appointment, just turn up to the Brighton group at any time between 7pm and 9pm on a Monday and/or Thursday, or on the 3rd Friday of the month from 11am – 1pm, or to the Eastbourne group fortnightly.

Are there a maximum number of women who can attend the drop-in?toggle accordion content

We usually have around 8 women attending each drop-in. It is rare but if more than 12 arrive we are unable to let anyone else join the space. We suggest arriving close to 7pm if you feel nervous about the possibility of the numbers being high. It is very rare we would turn women away.

Is the service women only?toggle accordion content

On Monday evenings and all day Thursdays our Brighton building is accessible to self-identified women only, so if you come to the evening drop-in, there will only be women in the building.

All of our staff are self-identified women, so if you call the office at any time, the phone will be answered by a woman.

I’m worried that the space will be triggering for me, what’s in place to help?toggle accordion content

The art room in the Brighton Drop-in is a quieter space, where you can take time out if you need to.  You can also ask for a one-to-one with a volunteer.

Can I volunteer?toggle accordion content

We are always looking for self-identified women who would like to facilitate the Drop-in space. To find out more about how you can get involved take a look at our Volunteer role.

Need more information?toggle accordion content

For more information please contact the Drop-in and Helpline Coordinator on dropin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk or call 01273 203380.

Please can you spare a few minutes to answer some quick questions about the Survivors’ Network Drop-in service? We value your feedback to ensure we provide the best possible service to you. The survey is anonymous.

Our Drop-in is held in the Survivors' Network building

Follow our walk-through to see the space!