Have have held two ‘Hold the Hope’ groups, the most recent at the end of 2019, which focus on supporting mothers of children and young people who have subjected to sexual violence or abuse.
The counsellor who facilitated the group said afterwards:
“Initially a lot seemingly gaining in the ‘normalising’ of each member recognising that despite their own sense of isolation that they all reported experiencing, they were not alone and that there were five mothers together, all with their own stories, but there for one another.”
She also noted the positive impact the group had on the women involved by saying:
“It is evidently so valued by the women… [and] this level of support is vital for not only their own well-being but also for that of their children, who are the young survivors, giving the mothers a chance to share their experience, coping mechanisms, understanding and wisdom.”
Together, the group created the artwork on the right.