Project information

Adult Survivors Support

The project will fund support for survivors of childhood trauma in the Glasgow area, where we and other professionals have identified a gap in services. The support will offer counselling, advocacy and groupwork for survivors with lived experience of childhood abuse and trauma.

April 2018 - April 2019

Charity information: Wellbeing Scotland

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  • Need


    1 in 4 people have experienced childhood abuse. Every survivor has support needs which are unique to them and services must be able to adapt to individual needs. We have identified homelessness as an additional barrier to accessing support for many individuals affected by childhood trauma and to solve this problem we have piloted a partnership with the Simon Community in Glasgow to offer counselling support on an outreach basis within their homeless accommodation


    Many individuals in the homeless community have experienced childhood trauma and are living with complex care and support needs which may include addictions, suicidal thoughts, self harm, physical and mental health difficulties, poverty and isolation. For many reasons, individuals may not be able to travel to access support. Our project will provide on site therapeutic support, within their accommodation site, therefore removing some of the barriers to receiving trauma specialist support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide outreach homeless support services in the Glasgow area


    » Recruiting a worker to support the development of outreach support for survivors of childhood abuse within the homeless community.

    What success will look like

    Success will be evidenced by numbers of individuals accessing support, and feedback received showing that the impact of past trauma has reduced and personal resilience increased

  • Impact


    the long term change the project will bring about would be that survivors affected by trauma and homelessness will have had support to understand and explore the impact living with trauma has had on their adult lives and empower survivors to develop their personal awareness and resilience which will improve their quality of life through having more choice and control over their recovery and enable individuals to move forward to live safe, happy fulfilling lives.


    Risks which could influence the success would be barriers to survivors engaging with other services they need to access. However part of the workers role would be to raise awareness of the impact of trauma with other professionals to ensure they can engage with survivors in the homeless community in a trauma informed way to reduce this risk and to support survivors to engage with other agencies. .


    Email updates on the project will be available, as well as our regular social media updates. Donors will further be offered our end of year reports, which detail statistics, including; client ranges accessing the service within the year, satisfaction reports and important data figures

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,500 Staff 7 hour development worker to develop and deliver service
      £1,500 Volunteers training volunteers to increase counselling support
      £1,000 Overheads project costs such as communications equipment
      £1,000 Training providing trauma training to homeless project workers
  • Background


    The project would be located in the Glasgow area, working initially with accommodation services within the Simon Community but potentially expanding to include support to other homelessness services. Glasgow has a particularly high prevalence of homelessness Over 190,000 Glaswegians (just under 32% of the city’s population) reside in the 10% of most deprived areas making poverty an additional barrier.


    Survivors of childhood trauma within the homeless community in Glasgow. The project will support both male and females affected by homelessness and childhood trauma.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As Scotland’s leading abuse charity, over the last 24 years we have developed and expanded our services to suit the needs of our clients. Our experience and established processes and reputation mean that we are ideally suited to progress and expand on the pilot service we are currently running. We involve survivors in planning and decision making throughout the organisation therefore we know our services are designed to meet the needs of those who need them.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Janine Rennie

    CEO - as well as handling the business side of the charity, Janine remains active in the daily activities of the charity and work with clients too

    Traci Kirkland

    Deputy CEO - Traci also runs fundraising and handles marketing, awareness and campaigns. Traci will oversee the development of the project

    Simon Community

    the Simon Community will refer individuals for support who are accessing their homeless accommodation services and provide the space for counselling.