Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service is a volunteer based organisation. We were founded by a group of exceptional women, and we remain a women-led organisation.

As a member organisation of Rape Crisis England and Wales, we recognise that sexual violence is a crime of violence and an abuse of power, and that it is the cause and consequence of gender inequality. We continually strive to make our services as inclusive and as accessible as possible, and remain committed to feminist principles.


Our Staff:


– Service Coordinator


– Centre Manager

Alison joined CSASS in 2016, and has a background in charity management and fundraising within mental health, disability and the arts.


– Data and Information officer

Angela joined CSASS on January 2016 and is responsible for data inputting using our DPMS systems. Angela enjoys her work at CSASS. Angela is a massive cross stitch fan and loves making cards and gifts for friends, and organises our monthly Creativity drop-in group at Alexander’s

Our Trustees:

Di Dunkerley

– Secretary

Di originally trained as a social worker and worked for Local Councils-initially as a social worker and later as a senior manager- for over 30 years. She always worked closely with the voluntary sector.

Di joined CSASS in 2011 as a Trustee, motivated by the need for greater gender equality and support for survivors. Di is now retired and combines caring for grandchildren with gardening, walking, theatre and restaurant outings and spending time with friends.

Janet Carr

– Treasurer

Janet is a qualified chartered accountant who, as a consultant for Morris & Co, specialises in acting for charities and other not for profit entities. She also sits on the Diocese of Chester Finance & Central Services Committee. Janet is married with one teenage daughter and enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking part in church activities and going to the gym and theatre.

Barbara Edge

– Trustee

I am a Person-Centered Therapist and Supervisor with over 20 years’ experience. Within my work I am particularly interested in the interface between counselling & spirituality. My main research focus is in the use of embedded counselling skills within a wide variety of people oriented vocations and in the experience of ‘love & loss’ throughout the life span. I have recently retired from teaching at the University of Chester where I was a Senior Lecturer in Counselling for many years.

I am a committed Therapist and Pastoral Supervisor for the Diocese of Chester’s Committee of Social Responsibility, which has involved working for the Chaplaincy in a Women’s Prison counselling Inmates and Young Offenders. I also supervise and provide consultation for therapists working with abused children and children who have experienced severe trauma.

I believe that the main task of counselling is to give the person the opportunity to ‘simply tell their story’, which is particularly relevant for those who have experienced sexual abuse and have been ‘silenced’ in the process. However, an effective outcome of counselling can only be achieved in a safe environment with a compassionate companion whose honesty, integrity, care and belief in the worth and value of the individual is evident. Part of my role as a Trustee of CSASS is to support our Counsellors in providing a consistently high level of professional expertise to those who access our service.

Audrey Williamson

– Trustee

I recently joined CSASS as a Trustee and was pleased to become a member of the Board. I am an experienced social worker and senior manager in social care services having worked with vulnerable children and adults either directly or managing services for thirty years. I am very aware of the impact on those who experience sexual abuse both as a child and adult and have been an independent chair of both children and adult safeguarding boards which are tasked with ensuring all agencies work together to safeguard those at risk of abuse.

I am a local person, having lived in Chester for nearly 30 years, and committed to contributing to local awareness of sexual abuse and the need for services provided by CSASS.

Chris Mann

– Secretary

I have lived in Chester for over 30 years, am married with three grown up children and committed to the ethos and aims of CSASS. I recently gave up my role as Principal of a girls’ 3-19 years state academy, and I am eager to use my 30 plus years of experience in education, as both a teacher and leader, dealing first hand with the impacts of sexual abuse on the lives of victims and those around them, to raise awareness, challenge misconceptions, combat impact and support survivors.

Our specialist services are delivered by a skilled team of volunteer service support workers and volunteer counsellors, supported by our staff team. We are all committed to ongoing skill development by, for example, participating in a varied programme of accredited Rape Crisis training modules on working with survivors of sexual violence.

We are very grateful to our funders, who include: The Morgan Foundation; The Westminster Foundation; The Williams Family Foundation; The Ministry of Justice; The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, and The Lloyds Bank Enable Programme.

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