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START offer a arrange of group activities and support groups across Central, North and West Hampshire and these are part of the free services Start provide. For those looking for some Peer Support groups we offer our monthly STEPS (Surviving Through Empowerment & Peer Support) programme which anyone seek to join by just sending us a referral and we will get back to you. These groups are self directed with help and facilitation from the START team of group workers.

We also offer pre-counselling psycho-educational groups for those who would like to attend a group with other survivors before commencing any one-to-one counselling. These groups last for around 8 weeks and are not a replacement for one to one counselling but do help some people who want to know more about sexual trauma before committing to one to one counselling, and understand the process. These groups cover more broad issues around sexual trauma and not personal matters or personal details and are completely confidential.

We can and do offer specific pre-counselling groups such as groups for students, male and female only groups, Under-18s and LGBT+ groups when we have enough demand for such groups.

STEPS

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King Jr.

What is STEPS?

STEPS is a peer support group for survivors of sexual violence or sexual abuse. STEPS is a voluntary service available to survivors who are either, waiting for counselling, receiving counselling, have completed their counselling or indeed may not be ready for counselling but still wish to be supported.

STEPS is a confidential space where you can connect with others who have had similar experiences. STEPS values your wellbeing and strives to empower you with the tools necessary for the future.

How will STEPS help me?

Following the aftermath of sexual abuse, STEPS aim is to provide you with a safe social space to explore a number of ways to become stronger, stay in control, build self esteem and confidence.

At a STEPS group you will gain support by connecting with your peers, our volunteers, and regular guest speakers.

During the monthly group session, you will be impartially supported through group discussions, speakers and workshops, e.g. how aromatherapy and mindfulness can help as positive coping strategies.

Who are we?

We are professional Counsellors and Volunteers who will support you through the facilitation of the groups.*

At STEPS we encourage survivors to participate in the running of the group, for example by suggesting topics they might like to explore.

We will provide a warm welcome to everyone, along with refreshments of course!

STEPS is for the survivors, supported by the survivors. STEPS is you! We are together.

*Please note we are unable to provide counselling sessions at STEPS group meetings.

Contact Us

Call STEPS landline on 01962 864433 or mobile on 07756 179353 – please leave a message and we will get back to you.

Or email us at steps@start-org.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

What areas can I find a STEPS meeting?

Meetings will be held in Andover, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Fareham and Havant.

Will the group sessions be mixed gender?

No. Separate sessions will be held for our Male and Female survivors.

Is there parking available at the venues?

Parking will be available either onsite or nearby.

Is there a joining fee?

There is no joining fee, just a £5 donation when attending a session.

Where will my personal data be stored?

All personal data will be securely kept in a locked cabinet with only limited access by the STEPS team.

How do I join the STEPS support group?

You can refer yourself or be referred by a professional.

Please click here to use our STEPS Self Referral form.
Please click here to use our STEPS Professional Referrals Form.

Call our Advice & Support Line on 01962 868 688 or 01962 864 433


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