OUR VISION
Learn more about what we do as a charity, the needs we strive to meet, our approach and the results we see.

Our Aims

Improved health and wellbeing

  1.  Improvement in mental health

  2.  Reduction of suicidal thoughts

  3.  Reduction of drug and alcohol intake and admissions to rehab

  4.  Reduction in domestic violence incidents / anger management

  5.  Able to deal with shame, guilt, fear reducing anxiety and depression and insomnia.

  6.  Able to cope better with everyday life

  7.  Owning their experience and not comparing the affects with that of others

Improved experience of the criminal justice system

  1.  With personal support less likely to offend

  2.  Able to access the criminal Justice system with a clear understanding of likely outcome

  3.  Understanding that prosecution may fail and dealing with the consequences of this

  4.  Understanding that at times prosecutions are not possible due to lack of evidence but this does not mean that they are not believed

  5.  Preparation for court and giving evidence as well as support through the experience and after

  6.  Giving them confidence in the system

Integration

  1. Volunteering as appropriate- so giving back

  2.  Socialising

  3.  Return to work

  4.  Engaging with life again - hence reducing isolation

  5.  Feeling understood and valued- no longer feeling alone

Increased safety and perception of safety

  1.  Engaging in social set-ups without fear

  2.  Comfortable in their own communities

  3.  Ability to rationalise haunting thought

  4.  Trusting others often for the first time

  5.  More articulate and able to express themselves in social settings

  6.  Reduction or abstinence of drugs and alcohol increases sense of personal safety and ability to experience reality

  7.  Able to recognise risks and minimise anxiety when out

  8.  Trust by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfil their potential 

Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.

Overview of Charity

Needs

Abuse can vary in duration, but the emotional scarring tends to last a lifetime and many problems don’t surface until later on in life.  problems may arise in many forms such as mental health issues; unemployment; difficulty forming relationships, and drug and alcohol abuse. In effect, these people can easily drop out of our communities.

 

Issues

These psychological problems are often deeply ingrained. Currently the NHS will offer a set number of free counselling appointments and these often only scratch the surface. There is a huge demand for free longer-term support. 

Dealing with the mental health side of the problem is vital. However, this will take time and there is a real need for these people to gain practical skills to deal with certain situations they often find themselves in. For example, one of our clients was trapped in an abusive relationship. The counselling and support we provided could help her cope but it was the skills, confidence and knowledge about how to leave a relationship like this that made the biggest impact in her life.

 

Approach

At Clean Slate, we aim to provide an integrated approach, we offer emotional support as well as practical skills and building confidence and self esteem we do this by:

  • Counselling

  • Peer support

  • Group support

  • Education

  • Complementary therapies

  • Access to online self-help

  • 24 hour support on WhatsApp

Capabilities

We have been supporting clients since 2009 and have gained a lot of experience.

The team at Clean Slate is hugely passionate about supporting our clients. Many have been abused personally and so can understand and empathise with what our clients have gone and are going through. Passion alone is not enough and we have a team made up of:

 

Qualified/part qualified Counsellors: offering formal counselling using Psychoanalytical/CBT/and person centered approach

 

Peer support: qualified listeners with a lived experience offering listening and support

Group Education and support: formal programmes offering a chance for survivors to meet others and form support bubbles and undertake a course of self discovery.

6 x Qualified Counsellors

16 x Trainee Counsellors

5 x Support Workers

We have volunteers in our team who have specialised in specific techniques such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Mindfulness behavioural therapy

  • EMDR

  • NLP

  • Bereavement

  • Anger Management

  • Life-Coaching

  • Hypnotherapy

 

We aim to increase this in the next 2-5 years.

 

Outcomes

Progress is often slow with such complex emotional issues and takes time for results to be seen.

We saw more than 450 survivors last year who all received support or counselling. Here are some of the results.

  • Survivors getting back into paid work or volunteering.

  • Women leaving abusive relationships.

  • More confidence

  • Better self-esteem

  • More self-worth

  • More men coming forward and accessing support

 

Many of our achievements are hard to box into a simple statistic. Small steps like the relief given by being believed should never be underestimated on the road to progress.