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President’s Charity

ROTHACS – Rotherham Abuse Counselling Service

Counselling has made me find my true self again, which makes me feel amazing.’

This is a quote from someone who has been helped by ROTHACS which has been providing specialist theraputic counselling support since 2005.  It helps women, men and young people who have experienced abuse including rape, sexual or domestic abuse, and child exploitation (CSE).  The services offered are one to one counselling, women’s therapy group, men’s therapy group, drop in sessions, and Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVAs) who offer practical help and support for victims of rape, sexual abuse and families affected.  The charity relies on external funding which is diminishing and it needs to raise a large amount every year to continue to offer its services, which are desperately needed in this area.  At the moment, despite having 12 trained counsellors and three volunteers, they have a waiting list of over 300.  One of the members of SI Sheffield is on the Board of Trustees of ROTHACS, so we have adopted them as our charity for this year.

Hilary Ratcliffe – President SI Sheffield