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Storytelling Advent Calendar

We understand that the run up to Christmas, although exciting in many ways, can also increase anxiety and distress levels in young children who’ve experienced trauma. This is because the nature of the season is centred around families which can bring emotions associated with familial trauma and loss to the surface. Stories that children know, […]

Read more December 4th, 2020

Imara’s specialist support for anxiety and trouble sleeping

For children and young people who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse, it is common to struggle with anxiety, flashbacks and panic attacks, as well as difficulty sleeping or poor quality of sleep, for example due to recurring nightmares. Sleep deprivation can have a serious impact on emotional, physical and mental health and can […]

Read more November 16th, 2020

The effects of COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on Imara’s CHISVA service

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Imara has been adapting its services to continue to meet the needs of our young people and their families in line with government, work from home and social distancing guidelines. This report offers unique documentation and insight around the impact of the pandemic on the CHISVA service. It […]

Read more November 12th, 2020

My student placement experience with Imara

Imara regularly hosts students for placements, internships and volunteering opportunities. Ellen, a former placement student shares her placement experience at Imara How did you find out about Imara? After studying in Nottingham for the previous three years, I knew that I wanted to volunteer my time at a Nottinghamshire based organisation whilst I undertook my […]

Read more October 27th, 2020

Application for Mentors now open!

Earlier this year we successfully launched our first mentoring programme and already have a 15 fantastic partnerships developing. We are already seeing the positive impact this is having on young people and the mentors, so we want to expand this opportunity to more of our young service users. Supporting young people: The young person will […]

Read more September 21st, 2020

The Trauma of Trials

The legal process is tough on all claimants, but particularly those who have experienced traumatic crimes such as child sexual abuse. These cases suffer significantly due to regular delays to the legal process. For Imara service users, it takes on average 215 days between the date of disclosure and the first day of the criminal […]

Read more July 17th, 2020