Sanctuary Space Project

Fundraising for our Sanctuary Space Project is now complete. Thank you so much for all of your hard work holding events and donating. Thanks to more than 90 generous people, we successfully crowdfunded a total of £3,183.75. This was enough to receive match funding from Comic Relief, bringing our total to a whopping £6,367.50. We cannot thank you all enough! Watch our video summing up the results here.

In the first few months of 2018, Imara has been busy renovating our therapy rooms, sanctuary garden and family waiting area with these funds. Our clients and colleagues have already started seeing and loving the changes! There are a couple more projects to finish but we are almost ready to reveal the fruits of all your fundraising efforts! Stay tuned to see the difference your donations made to help the children and families we work with feel welcome and safe when they visit us…

The Story

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 planned to undertake 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 ran a crowdfunding campaign in support of this project, with the aim of raising £7500. We were also awarded an opportunity to receive Crowdmatch funding from Comic Relief, meaning that any money we raised in October and November would be matched in full by grants from Comic Relief so long as we met our target to raise approximately half of the total on our own. We had lots of really exciting events lined up in that time period including a music and burlesque gig at The Maze and a head shave at Sid Sottung’s Academy. You can relive these events on our social media pages linked below. If you have any photos or videos from any of these events, please send them to us on so we can compile some photo albums and videos celebrating them.

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