Counselling for Parents/Carers
Do Rei Mi - Sing Mummy and Me
PARCS will be launching a mum and baby (bump to pre-school) singing group on Monday 4th February. The group will meet at Somerstown SureStart Centre and will run term time only between 10am and 11am.
Courage to be Me
At the end of 2012 a group of women who had experienced rape/sexual abuse and who were on the PARCS waiting list for therapy joined the charities first Pre Therapy Support Group. The group was a pilot written and developed in collaboration with the Metanoia Institute. Dr Nina Burrowes undertook a piece of research regarding the impact of this way of working and is now producing an illustrated book based on the courage, self compassion and hope of these survivors. Further information can be found by clicking here
Coming soon......watch this space!!
Finding Your Voice
In April 2013 PARCS launched its Community Singing Group, also known as ‘PARCS choir’. The group meets weekly and is facilitated by Janet Ayers who is a Natural Voice Practitioner (http://www.naturalvoice.net/).
The Natural Voice Movement celebrates the voice we are born with, rather than trying to train it to an ideal perfection.
Practitioners believe that singing is everybody’s birthright. For thousands of years all over the world people have sung to express, joy, celebration and grief and to accompany work, devotion and the rituals of life without worrying about having ‘a good voice’ or ‘getting it right’.
It’s about building accepting, non-judgemental communities that sing together’.
The sessions aim to:
Accommodate mixed levels of experience
Avoid technical language and musical jargon
Teach in a traditional way by ear
Use physical and vocal fun warm ups to facilitate voice health and confidence
The group is open to
Thank you for organising the ‘finding your voice’ evening. I was really nervous and I sat in the car outside for ages before I finally plucked up the courage to come in, but I am very glad I did I had a wonderful time, all my fears were put to rest there was such a relaxed and non judgemental atmosphere. Anyone who is unsure about coming along should definitely give it a go, be brave, you won’t regret it!
Thank you to everyone who has supported PARCS financially through hard work and fundraising. This is one of the projects you have made possible.
What does PARCS offer?
PARCS is an organisation based within Portsmouth City that works with people who have been sexually violated at any time in their lives no matter how long ago.
PARCS provides free specialist counselling and psychotherapy to women and men, aged 11+ who are resident in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and who have experienced any form of sexual violation at any time in their lives.
The charity delivers a number of outreach workshops (to young people, teachers and carers) covering the impact of sexual bullying, sexting, internet safety (delivering CEOP Ambassador training), the delay programme and developing empathy and listening skills. The Outreach Worker has also designed ‘bespoke’ workshops responding to the particular needs of individual schools using a variety of methods including art and drama. These workshops are delivered to all Portsmouth schools.
Counselling takes place at our confidential address in dedicated, well-resourced counselling rooms. PARCS is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop installed.
PARCS operate telephone support lines on the following days and time. Monday (1pm - 3pm), Wednesday and Friday (7pm - 9pm). The numbers are :- Womens line 023 9266 9511, Mens line 023 9266 9516.
To promote healthy relationships and alleviate the physical, emotional and mental distress associated with sexual abuse and interpersonal trauma through the provision of education, training, support and free therapy to women and men (aged 11 and above) resident in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.
PARCS has a written Complaint Procedure and Equal Opportunities Statement.
The agency is a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists , The Helplines Partnership meets The Survivors Trust Standards and is an organisational member of the Survivors Trust
PARCS adheres to local Safeguarding Children procedures.