Sanctuary Space Project

Imara moved into a new building in August 2016 in order to expand on office space and rooms for therapy sessions. We have therefore gone from having just one therapy room, to four therapy rooms, a service user waiting area and a garden. However, due to limited funding, the organisation has been unable to utilise these spaces to their full capacity as of yet.

We are planning a substantial renovation project to allow us to better deliver essential therapeutic treatment for our clients. Underlying the three main strands of the organisation – legal, advocacy and therapeutic – there is an ambition to ensure that the service allows children and young people who disclose child sexual abuse to feel safe, both in themselves, and in their surrounding environments.

The importance of safety for these children and young people is what led Imara to begin the Sanctuary Space project. Redecorating and refurbishing the waiting room area will create a relaxing atmosphere when they first enter the building. Creating a safe and welcoming space in the garden, which can be used by service users on their own accord, or for group meetings or therapeutic sessions, will enhance the service-user experience. And, finally, adding more furnishing, décor and specialist equipment to our therapy rooms will create a safe area specially designed to offer therapeutic support for some of the services’ youngest users.

Throughout the months of September, October, and November, we will be running a crowdfunding campaign in support of this project, with the aim of raising £7500. We have also recently been awarded Crowdmatch funding from Comic Relief, meaning that any money we raise in October and November will be matched in full by grants from Comic Relief. We have lots of really exciting events lined up in that time period, so make sure you check up on us here, and on our Twitter and Facebook pages. We're also looking for interior designers, so if you're interested in that please send an email to intern@imara.org.uk for more details. You can also keep up to date with the project via our Wordpress.