The impact of rape and sexual violence on survivors is enormous.

The far-reaching effects extend to many forms of trauma which can manifest in panic attacks, flashbacks, body memories and difficulty with relationships.

It’s also common for survivors to disassociate themselves from friends, family and even society. This coping mechanism often results in people distancing themselves from the horrors of the abuse they’ve suffered, and can leave survivors feeling isolated and disconnected from the outside world.

The good news is, it’s entirely possible to recover and heal from the trauma of sexual abuse. With group work at NRC, you can start the process of gaining closure and becoming who you want to be.

Aims of NRC group work

  • to help people develop coping strategies and prevent self-destructive behaviours;
  • to empower women to be who they want to be through choice – not circumstance; and
  • to provide a place where women can support each other to cope, recover and thrive

Contact us for more information about our group sessions, or for details of the next group time and location.

Mindful Group

Mindfulness is a simple concept. It involves focusing the present moment on ourselves, increasing self-awareness and giving understanding and acceptance within the present moment.

Our mindful group is designed to help people manage stress levels in daily life but also supports people with various physical and mental health issues.

This isn’t a training course; we’re all beginners! This is why we share our learning experience together as a group by becoming aware of our thoughts, reactions, and physical and emotional feelings towards certain situations.

We then use this understanding to help change patterns of behaviour and develop the ability to look at life in the moment – even when things get stressful.

What to expect from the mindful group

When attending our mindful group, you will:

  • experience what mindfulness is;
  • discover new ways of looking after yourself; and
  • have support with audio content to help with daily practice in everyday life.

What you’ll need

We recommend that all attendees of our mindful group have the following:

  • an open mind and willingness to practice;
  • loose, comfortable clothing; and
  • a yoga mat, sleeping bag or blanket to lie on, and a pillow (or cushion).

Mindfulness is relaxing, but it can sometimes raise issues for people. We therefore advise attendees to have someone they can talk to – such as a close friend or relative – outside of the day, in case issues arise.

For more information call 01604 250721

Sing Group

If you love music, come along and experience the benefits of singing and making music alongside others.

Don’t think you can sing? It doesn’t matter! There’s no experience necessary, no pressure and we’d just like to help you find your voice.

Our sing group sessions take place at our Wantage Gate premises every Friday from 6pm – 7:30pm. Either call the number below or simply turn up on the day to get involved.

Venue address

184-186 Billing Road

Wantage Gate

Northampton

NN1 5RU

We’d love you to join us for our regular, informal singing sessions. For more information call 01604 250721.

Enlightenment Group

Our enlightenment group inspires women to feel empowered and to live a life free from sexual violence.

This is an eight week program developed for women who have experienced sexual violence.

The course aims to:

  • Welcome: be accepting of all women and non-judgemental;
  • Offer: a secure, safe, relaxed and friendly environment;
  • Motivate: encourage and enable women to make the choices in life that they want and deserve;
  • Empower: help build self-esteem, improve self-worth and raise confidence; and
  • Nurture: identify healthy relationships, and promote assertiveness.

Each week the group works to explore the reality and impact of sexual violence. Together, we cover areas that include:

  • identifying and understanding the characteristics relating to sexual violence;
  • recognising the cycle and patterns of abuse;
  • identifying isolation and understanding the extent of sexual violence;
  • exploring the feelings experienced such as anger, shame, guilt and fear; and
  • growth and aspiration.

We’ll help you find a way to move forward from sexual violence. This unique program could help you heal from the trauma and empower you to become the woman you want to be.

For more information call 01604 250721