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Project information

Youth Support Project

To provide a rolling programme so that young people currently engaged in our Youth Support work can participate in shared activities during weekends or evenings. The aim is to reduce the sense of isolation felt by young survivors of rape and sexual abuse by facilitating peer-led fun activities.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Rasasc Guildford Limited

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  • Need


    We currently support young survivors of rape and sexual abuse who are aged 13-17 to access one-to-one help through our Youth Counselling Service.
    The young survivors tell us that they often feel very isolated and alone as being survivor of rape and sexual abuse sets them apart from their peers.
    The young people tell us that they want to hear from others in similar circumstances so that they not only feel less alone but they through this they can build a network of support to help them.


    The project will address the isolation which is particularly apparent at weekends and in the evenings when the distraction of school or college has gone. Young survivors often hide themselves away as they feel that others will not understand or will judge them.

    Young survivors will feel supported and therefore better able to talk about what has happened. They will learn to shed feelings of shame as they will be amongst other young people who recognise how they are feelings and can empathise.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the isolation of young survivors of rape and sexual abuse


    » To provide a programme of activities so that the young people have fun and engage with others who have been through the same or similar experience.

    What success will look like

    We will use age-appropriate monitoring which will ask questions directly associated to isolation to ascertain the impact of the work for the individuals concerned.

    Aim 2

    To build the emotional resilience of young survivors of rape and sexual abuse.


    » We will organise activities which are exciting and engage the young people so that they can be proud of their participation which increases self-confi

    What success will look like

    We will record the methods and strategies discussed with group members and through one-to-one evaluation seek to ascertain whether or not the individual is implementing these.

    Aim 3

    To keep the young people committed and motivated to the project.


    » The regular activites will be focused on working towards a final short residential trip. This will cement a commitment for long-term peer-support.

    What success will look like

    We will record the number of young people who engage with the project and the number of sessions they attend. Those who complete the sessions will be able to attend the residentia

  • Impact


    The long-term change is that young survivors of rape and sexual abuse have a better chance of overcoming the trauma they have suffered because they will be able to build a network of peer-support which can be sustained even after the project has ended. The young participants will have the opportunity to challenge themselves and participate in activities which challenge them. In so doing they will build confidence and emotional resilience. Success will be measured through evaluations.


    The quality of the facilitator will be a key factor in the success. The individual must have a strong background and experience in working with young survivors of rape and sexual abuse. The risk will be mitigated by the implementation of a transparent recruitment process.
    safeguarding is also a significant risk. Although the aim is to encourage disclosure it is very possible that issues are disclosed which have safeguarding implications. In this case we would follow our strict protocol.


    We will produce an Impact Report which can be shared with donors as well as our partners in the sector. The aim is to share our learning so that this work can be replicated into other areas of the UK.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,740

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Activity sessions. 12, 2 hours activity sessions in a six month period
      £5,000 3 night residential. Residential for 8 young survivors.
      £3,240 Faciliator's time 3 hours per session of work. £45 per hour x 12 sessions
      £3,000 Staff time for residential. two paid staff to attend the residential.
      £1,500 Volunteers expenses Volunteers to provide capacity support to the project
  • Background


    The project will take place in and around the town of Guildford which is where RASASC is based. Guildford is an affluent area which like many UK towns has pockets of significant deprivation. However for the young survivors of rape and sexual abuse this can make the isolation more acute as they are suffering whilst those around appear to openly prosper. It can actually make it harder to come forward for help when living amongst relative prosperity as seeking help can feel like failure.


    Young people aged 13-19 who have been the victim of rape or sexual abuse. The majority of these young survivors will come from Surrey or the surrounding areas and we anticipate that due to the nature of the work all will be suffering from a recognisable mental illness. However, some of the young people will have complex and multiple needs which will need to be addressed to help them make the most of the opportunity

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a multi-award winning charity who has experience of supporting young survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Last year 67 young people were supported through our Independent Sexual Advisor Service and as a result we have been awarded funding from BBC Children in Need to develop this work. The project for which we are seeking support through the Big Give is a development of our Youth Counselling Programme. The programme has been recognised a model for good practice with the sector.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lesley Devonport

    She is the Operations Manager at RASASC and will have overall responsibility for the delivery of the work.