The Survivors Hub is a project dedicated to running peer-to-peer self-help groups for adults who have experienced prolonged, repeated exposure to abuse, be that physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or spiritual, in childhood or adulthood from which there was no real avenue of escape.
In March of this year, Recovery Code X was honoured to receive the gift of a generous donation from an anonymous supporter – money that could be used to help us continue the work we have started with the Survivors Hub.
We chose to run a monthly drop-in, so that we could keep the group running for longer. We're extending the Chat ‘n’ Chill theme we ran last December, and keeping the most popular parts of the Survivors Hub series – things like the grounding exercises and meditations, snippets of psychological theory to help us better understand why we feel and act the way we do, and plenty of time to share our stories, coping skills, steps we are taking to change negative patterns and recover from the impact of our traumatic experiences. Most of all, we want Chat ‘n’ Chill to be a non-judgemental space where it feels safe to just ‘Be’, a place we can turn to sit and listen, and feel part of a community that understands, if that’s what feels best.
The sessions are held on online and free. Further information is available on our Chat 'n' Chill page.
All we ask in return is for you to provide feedback after the sessions and abide by our Peer Support Group Agreement.
Recovery Code X will probably best remember 2022 as the year the Survivors Hub Project launched a uniquely packaged online peer support group for women with Complex PTSD. It will go down in our history as the year we installed a new registration and review system that reaped rewards in helping us to create safer and more cohesive groups. It'll go down as the time we learned the most from you, our group members, and produced a series that mattered.
While there are no quick fixes for Complex PTSD, the mere act of sharing experiences and feeling supported by a group, can be validating and life-enhancing.
Like many psychological therapies, the course needs to be longer than 7 or 8 weeks to achieve lasting results.
Group feedback insists on the need for a regular weekly or fortnightly group all year round – a group you can rely on. For some, the Survivors Hub was the only source of emotional support in a topsy turvy world, where overwhelm and isolation, flashbacks and fatigue are met with disbelief and intolerance, moral judgement – or worse.
Melanie Tomsett who co-facilitated
the Christmas Chat 'n' Chill Survivors Hub
We recognise that everyone is at a different place in their journey, and are passionate about allowing equal time to share. Above all, we’re here to listen.
We close new registrations before the course starts to help group members bond and feel safe, minimise disruption.
We’re grateful to the National Lottery for funding the seven-week series. Now we’re looking at options to put in place a peer support group that won’t disappear at Christmas, that can carry us through the different seasons of the year, and be a rock in the storms of life.
Founder/Chair, Recovery Code X
The Survivors Hub peer support group may help if you fall into two or more of the following categories:
1. You identify with a number of key symptoms of Complex PTSD.
See here for a detailed list.
2. Your life has been impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACES).
3. You want to take personal responsibility for your recovery and well being.
4. You have not been able to get a Complex PTSD diagnosis from your doctor, psychiatrist or therapist but feel it fits your experience.
5. You can't afford to pay a private psychotherapist and are waiting to get into the NHS system.
6. You feel isolated dealing with your symptoms and joining the Survivors Hub will enable you to be among others who will understand what you are experiencing.
A report by NESTA and National Voices (2015) shows that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone.
The two organisations examined the outcomes of peer support in 524 studies.
Among the initiatives found to be the most useful for improving emotional and physical well-being were:
You can listen to the guidance in our four self-help podcasts by clicking on the boxes below.
Or to download the flyers, go to our Project Educate webpage.
See our directory of local and national support services and online support. Click here for information.
to help us provide more services
for people with Complex PTSD
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