We were funded by Comic Relief to set up and run a peer support programme made up of actual and virtual peer support groups.
The actual groups have up to six victims meeting in a closed setting to talk about their feelings and learn from each other. The programme consists of 10 sessions, each with a theme including: flashbacks and nightmares; trust; sleep; safe relationships; managing thoughts and feelings; healthy body/healthy mind; anger and triggers, support from family and friends; coping mechanisms; future hopes and goals. These groups have been very successful. Some members of earlier groups are now training to become peer facilitators and they will go onto run new groups.
The virtual group uses WhatsApp to communicate and support each other and is a closed group.