ActionFunder: New post-traumatic stress disorder support group moves to Liverpool

The Bridge Community Center

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An organization supporting post-traumatic stress disorder, Sole Survivor PTSD Support CIC, is setting up shop in Liverpool, with two new weekly peer support groups in Clubmoor and Tuebrook.

This follows a successful delivery of PTSD support to Wirral residents.

In 2019, founder Matt Shepley could see there was a need for a service alongside traditional NHS secondary mental health care pathways for PTSD in the community.

He said: “I identified that there was a need to create a space where traumatized people could come together and share their lived experiences of daily trauma management with others, in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space.

“We are impacting people on the margins of our society, often lonely, troubled and isolated people who have dropped out of the mental health system but have not surrendered, that’s the resilience I see week after week.

“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a condition that often goes unrecognized and undiagnosed among members of our community until significant damage has been done to the personal, family and professional life of the person affected.

“People often think it’s only attributed to military veterans, but it’s more prevalent in everyday life than you probably think; examples of its root causes can be domestic violence, witnessing traffic accidents, childhood neglect and abuse, to name a few.

The first group was created in Wallasey, Wirral, now following the success of this model which now has 3 groups on the Wirral, Sole Survivor has settled in the town in conjunction with Clubmoor’s The Bridge Center L4 and The Bridge Outreach Services , Tuebrook L13.

He said of the move; “The Bridge Center and Project Outreach was a natural fit based on the existing mental health support they provide to people in Liverpool; a safe and confidential setting already exists for people to simply ‘be’ with any mental health issue.

“Our offering of PTSD peer support groups helps give their clients and the wider community the opportunity to explore their trauma, make friends, and reduce the social isolation that often comes with it. with this condition, it’s a win-win situation for The Bridge, Sole Survivor and the people of Liverpool.

For more information click here or contact founder Matt at [email protected]


Wirral’s Future Yard launches a sustainability roadmap

In March 2022, Birkenhead-based live music venue Future Yard launched its sustainability roadmap, a document that outlines its plans to eventually become the first carbon-neutral grassroots music venue in the north of England, and one of the first in the UK.

The roadmap was backed by Liverpool John Moores University’s Low Carbon Eco Innovatory and launched at POP26, “a climate carnival of debate, conversation and action in DIY music”. The event was a partnership between Future Yard and The Good Business Festival.

Craig Pennington, co-founder of Future Yard, said, “We are committed to creating a place that has a net positive impact on the environment. This roadmap sets the course for this journey towards sustainability. Each year, we will track our progress against this and seek to improve as we go,” the report points out.

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“Future Yard was created to reinvent the role of a music venue, to find new ways to bring about profound social and cultural change in Birkenhead, using the power of music to bring about those changes.

“Through our training programs, artist development work, community activities and inclusive programming, we have started on this path. But if we are to achieve real change, we must address the great challenge of our time: the climate emergency.

The site is operated by Future Yard CIC – a non-profit organization focused on realizing the vision of Future Yard. “We operate on a ‘triple bottom line’, judging success by our social and environmental impact, as well as our financial impact,” says Pennington.

The roadmap sets the course for Future Yard’s sustainability journey and each year they will track their progress against it.

You can learn more and read the roadmap here.


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