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Join CSASS at the Chester Business Club Sponsored Walk 2021

Sunday 26th of September at 11am at Chester Race Course Come and support CSASS at the Chester Business Club Sponsored walk. A sexual assault charity helping survivors through counselling, support...

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New CSASS Wellbeing Group

The new CSASS Wellbeing Group is an opportunity for survivors of sexual violence to access support in a safe and inclusive therapeutic space. The aim of the group is to...

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Join our #justwalkinghome craftivist campaign

In memory of Sarah Everard, who was killed when she was just walking home, and all other women and girls killed this year. Create a mini-banner at home, and fix...

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CSASS Volunteer wins University of Chester award

Volunteer and student Beth Skidmore, who aspires to work within survivor support after finishing university, has been given the University of Chester Volunteer Gold Award for her work with the...

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Rape Crisis England and Wales (RCEW) conference 2020

Staff, volunteers, and trustees from CSASS attended the conference virtually this year, and it was quite an experience! We asked our delegates to share a little of what they learned.  Professional development – practical suggestions, new...

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A letter to our volunteers…

Dear CSASS volunteer, Like everyone I suspect, I didn’t want to believe that nearly 8 months on from March, we would be back in lockdown and facing a still deeply...

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Empowering Women Through Dance

Since March, CSASS have been keen to continue the work and projects. Zoom became the new way to work closely as everyone was put into Lock Down, due to Covid-19.   The dance...

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A Tribute to Teresa

CSASS trustee and counsellor, Teresa Brady, passed away earlier this year.  Teresa was a wise, compassionate, experienced and much loved volunteer counsellor at CSASS for many years.  She also contributed...

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Survivor Text Survey

Over the summer, we carried out our first text survey of survivors that we had been in touch with during lockdown.  69% described the impact of Covid on their mental...

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Meet the Volunteers

Volunteer Counsellor (and now CSASS Supportline Lead) Sarah Allen Sarah has been volunteering with CSASS as a Counsellor since 2018. She has recently taken on the role of Support Line...

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CSASS Covid 19 Risk Assessment

What we are doing to help you stay safe... The team as CSASS have been working hard to ensure that we can open our office again, and return to face-to-face...

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Sessional Counsellors Required

The Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service is looking for qualified BACP registered counsellors to join our team in a self-employed sessional capacity. CSASS is a registered charity that transforms the...

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Meet the Volunteers

Name:  Sam Age:  30 Role:  Counsellor Start date? (if you can remember!) Approx 2017 Favourite type of cake:  Carrot What made you want to volunteer for CSASS? CSASS is a...

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CSASS Extends LiveChat Service

Lockdown has been a very stressful time for a lot of people, and we know that if you already struggle with mental health issues, it can be even harder to...

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A Letter to all CSASS Supporters

Hello to all who support the aims and work of CSASS, I am writing to you in my capacity as Chair of CSASS, but to be honest I really want...

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This is just a pause…

Due to the current situation occurring with the COVID-19 virus, the team at CSASS have made the decision to pause our face-to-face counselling services. We know that survivors continue to...

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Fundraising Update – March 2020

With ever-increasing numbers of survivors coming to us for counselling, we’re always looking for ways to expand.  We’re so grateful to the people and organisations who are supporting this through...

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Meet the Volunteers

Sarah McManus - CSASS Supportline Volunteer First Name (optional): Sarah McManus Age: 31 Role: CSASS Supportline Advisor Start date? (if you can remember!): December 2019 Favourite type of cake: Chocolate...

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Testimonial: “This service has been invaluable to me”

Once survivors have got to the point when they feel they are ready to finish their counselling, we ask them to fill out a questionnaire about how they are feeling...

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The gift of the gong

Earlier this month, the staff at CSASS decided to show our volunteers how much we value the work they do by treating them to an evening of wellbeing and meditation....

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Women of Chester Reclaim the Night

Chester’s annual Reclaim the Night for women and the vulnerable in Chester was hosted by Chester’s Storyhouse Theatre last Saturday 9th November.  Reclaim the Night is an international movement against sexual violence....

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Women of Chester can ‘Reclaim the Night’ this November

Chester’s annual Reclaim the Night for women and the vulnerable in Chester will be from Chester’s Storyhouse Theatre from 7.30pm on Saturday 9th November.  Reclaim the Night is an international movement...

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CSASS supporters put on their walking boots

On Sunday 15th of September, a group of us from CSASS once again put on our walking boots and took part in the Chester Business Club Sponsored Walk. The annual...

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CSASS launches online support service for survivors of sexual violence in Cheshire

The Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service (CSASS) will be launching a new online support service for survivors of sexual violence in Cheshire on Monday, October 14. The new helpline has...

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Introducing Our New Outreach Manager: Kathryn Kirk

My introduction to working with CSASS has already been an exciting and rewarding experience. Since starting in September, I have already been involved with the Saturday Social group, raising funds...

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Chester Business Club Sponsored Walk 2019

CSASS will be taking part in the annual Chester Business Club Sponsored Charity Walk, on Sunday, September 15, at Chester Racecourse. This lovely annual event is an opportunity to meet,...

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A different way to donate

When I was pregnant with my son in 2018, I thought about the number of times I had gone to buy a gift for new parents and had no idea...

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Update: CSASS Outreach Manager

Outreach Manager, Kaety Moon, has decided to move on from her role at CSASS, in order to focus more on her other 1:1 therapy work, and to be able to...

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Testimonial: “The help I received from CSASS has enabled me to return fully to life”

"[A few years ago] I was sexually assaulted in my place of work, this devasted me and brought back trauma from my childhood. I entered the new year in fear,...

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A letter from Chris Mann, CSASS Chair of the Board of Trustees

Chris Mann, Chair of the Board of Trustees for CSASS Please allow me to introduce myself – my name is Chris Mann and I became Chair of the Board of...

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CSASS AGM 2019: A round-up

On June 11, 2019, CSASS members, volunteers, trustees, staff, and supporters all gathered in the fantastic venue; The Church, Chester, to take a look at the progress we've had in...

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CSASS AGM 2019!

This year's AGM includes a special performance from comedian Kate McCabe! This year's AGM is set to be a fantastic evening with comedy from the amazing Kate McCabe, a chance to hear...

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Storyhouse Women: Rose McGowan – Brave

Rose McGowan rose from the ashes to offer survivors this message of support Members of CSASS went to watch Rose McGowan in conversation with Sam Baker at Storyhouse in her...

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Storyhouse Women: Everyday Rape Cultures and Religion

On Sunday 28th April, CSASS Centre Manager, Alison Breadon, joined theologians Dr Katie Edwards and Dr Dawn Llewellyn on The Garret stage at Storyhouse as part of the Storyhouse Women...

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Testimonial: A picture paints a thousand words

We always ask survivors to give us some feedback on the service once they are ready to end their counselling, but some people aren't quite able to put into words...

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Ministry of Justice award grant to help fund CSASS services

The Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service is delighted to have been awarded a total of £90,000 (over 3 years) from the Ministry of Justice, which will help support us in...

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Venus is Rising

CSASS took part in Re-Presenting Women, the Chester Women’s Aid Art Trail. There were 12 artworks around the city for people to find.CSASS Outreach Manager, Kaety Moon, created a Venus...

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Meet the new staff…

CSASS has doubled over the last few months! Kaety Moon - Outreach Manager Kaety Moon, CSASS Outreach Manager “Hello, I'm Kaety, and I work in outreach with our local community...

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Our sparkly new website!

Thanks to Rape Crisis England and Wales, who have sent some Tampon Tax funding* our way, we have been given the resource to transform our CSASS website. The last one...

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Reclaim the Night!

Reclaim the Night 2018 was a huge success and we had a fantastic afternoon making banners at Storyhouse before Handbag of Harmonies sang for us as we marched across the...

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Walking Tall for Survivors

"On a lovely autumn Sunday I donned my trainers and made my way to the Riverside entrance of the university, to join an increasingly large group of people, all with...

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Music for the Soul

We were delighted to raise just over £500, while also raising awareness about support available to survivors, and having a great evening out too. Very many thanks to all the...

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