Peer Support Group (face-to-face)

The purpose of the Peer Support Group is for adult, self-identified women survivors of sexual violence, abuse or harassment, to come together, share their stories and gain support from each other. We offer a safe, welcoming and trauma sensitive space for this to happen (following the Peer Support Group Agreement, below).

The group is facilitated by a member of staff and our trained self-identified women volunteers. They will hold the space and be on hand for anyone who needs support. Women who have experiences any form of sexual violence, abuse or harassment, no matter when it occurred, can attend.  Please be aware this is not a therapeutic group.

The group will run weekly on a Wednesday between 6.30pm and 8.30pm in central Brighton, in an accessible location. We ask everyone arrives at 6.30pm. 

A second group will run weekly on a Tuesday between 11.00-13.00 in central Brighton – this is not in an accessible building. Please arrive at 11.00.

Anyone attending will need to have had an initial meeting with our Welcome Team.  

If you are interested, please refer yourself to our Welcome Team here . You will be invited to have a meeting within about 2-weeks, where you can also find out about other support we have available.

If you have already had an initial meeting with our Welcome Team, please email info@survivorsnetwork.org.uk. You will be invited to have a short meeting about groupwork and be given more information about how our peer group works.

We are a trans inclusive organisation and welcome trans women to our groups. The Peer Support Group operates on self-identification. You are welcome to contact the Volunteer Led Service Coordinator if you have any questions regarding this – dropin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk

If you wish to attend a face-to-face group, please know we are working safely and within guidelines. Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19. If you develop symptoms with 48 hours of attending the group, please let us know.

Peer Support Group Agreement

1. Confidentiality 

Everything said in group is confidential*. This will only change if the group facilitator or volunteers believes that a participant or someone else is at risk.

2. Discussion  

We ask participants to understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the details of any abuse, but it is fine to discuss the impact the abuse may have had and how they are feeling.

3. I statements  

We encourage the use of ‘I’ rather than ‘You’ when supporting each other.

4. Appropriate behaviour  

We ask for considerate behaviour and compassionate and inclusive language towards all group members.

5. Alcohol and Other Drugs  

If the facilitator believes that a participant is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, they will be asked politely and discreetly to leave the group.

6. Exclusive relationships

Please be mindful that exclusive relationships between or among group members can make other group members feel left out.

7. Self Care 

Remember to take care of yourself. If you need to, take a break, and ask the facilitator or volunteers for support.

9. Being together safely

We ask all participants agree to abide by social distancing rules and Covid 19 guidelines.