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Project information

Counselling Service

Women who are suffering or have suffered from domestic abuse will often suffer from low confidence and self-esteem. It is essential that they are provided with the necessary support to empower them following this difficult stage of their life. Our counselling service will provide this.


Charity information: yourSanctuary

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  • Need


    Women affected by domestic abuse often report that the hardest part of escaping and recovering from domestic abuse is dealing with the psychological scars which can include low self esteem, distorted self image, suicidal behaviour, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. . Research shows that domestic violence and other abuse is the most prevalent cause of depression and other mental health difficulties in women (Women’s Aid).


    Through the very generous help of two volunteer counsellors, we have responded to the mental health needs of our clients by starting a free weekly clinic which began in April 2008. It also ensures that we can provide this service to those most in need regardless of income. Our proposal is to employ a sessional counsellor to run an additional weekly clinic, to enable more women to benefit from counselling. We will seek to appoint someone who is experienced and has a recognised qualification.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To empower victims of domestic abuse in making safe decisions for themselves and their children.


    » Provide regular counselling sessions to women.
    » Provide essential supervision to the counsellor.

    What success will look like

    Success will be that more women will feel empowered following the sessions, and make them feel able to once again take charge of their own lives.

  • Impact


    Women who have been provided with counselling sessions will be able to re-adapt to life after domestic abuse, and continue to feel safe and equipped with the tools necessary to do so. They will be able to make decisions that benefit them and their children, overall feeling happier and in control. The sessional counsellor will be required to record progress in meeting these outcomes and the movement of each client along the spectrum of change and recovery.


    There is a risk that the service will become extremely popular, as our current service led by volunteers has done. We will continue to seek funding for the project as well as volunteer support to maintain and expand it.


    We will keep donors regularly updated on the project's progress and success. We will also forward case studies of beneficiaries from the project and annual reports as needed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Counselling sessions Allow 11 women to benefit from 9 more sessions each
  • Background


    We provide our community based Outreach service to women in the boroughs of Woking, Runnymede and Surrey Heath. Our two refuges are the only to operate in North West Surrey and are available to women and their children from around the UK. Figures relating to domestic abuse in Surrey are alarming, with 1 in 3 women experiencing it at some point in their lives as opposed to 1 in 4.


    Those who will benefit are the women at our refuges and who use our community based Outreach service. £5000 towards the service will allow us to provide 11 more women with 9 sessions each. We aim to provide our clients with 1 introductory session followd by 8 sessions each.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Your Sanctuary is the only provider of domestic abuse outreach services for women in North West Surrey, taking referrals through the police, social services and self referrals through our helpline. Consequently we are the only organisation in a position to provide a specialised individual counselling service for those clients who decide they need more formal counselling in addition to the support of our outreach workers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sessional Counsellor

    The sessional counsellor will run the additional weekly clinic. We will appoint someone who is experienced and with a recognised qualification.


will fund a 50 minute counselling session