E-Book for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and their Families
In 2012 PARCS ran a pre-therapy group for survivors of sexual abuse based on a model devised and written in collaboration with the Metanoia Institute in London. Dr Nina Burrowes produced a research report evaluating the effectiveness of PARCS work and her findings were published in May 2013. Click here to read research report
Dr Nina Burrowes is planning to create an illustrated book based on this research. It will be made up of 6 different chapters illustrated by different artists including an artist from Portsmouth. The book will be a great resource to other survivors of abuse.
Why is this project so special
It is based on the experiences of adult survivors of sexual abuse and rape.
Many survivors find it hard to reach out for support and this project aims to help them.
Most of us know someone who has experienced rape or sexual abuse. This project can help us understand and provide support.
Reading about the experiences of others can help us understand ourselves.
Dr Nina Burrowes will be crowd fundraising throughout the month of June in order to fund this project. You can find out more by visiting the Cartoon Psychologist
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 13+ 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 13 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 and the Survivors Trust
PARCS adheres to local Safeguarding Children procedures.