Imara empowers children and families to move forward from the impacts of sexual abuse.
We believe recovery from trauma is possible.
Every child has the right to be and feel safe. Support should be there for survivors when they are ready, provided at their pace, for as long as is needed.
Since Imara was founded in 2011, we have worked with more than 900 children and young people from more than 800 families across Nottinghamshire that have been affected by sexual abuse.
Therapy services: trauma-informed, evidence-based, BACP accredited, following the Crown Prosecution’s S Pre-Trial Therapy Guidelines, offered in a range of creative arts psychotherapeutic approaches well suited to children
Nottinghamshire CHISVA service: providing independent information, support and advocacy throughout the police investigation and criminal justice process
Family support: psychoeducation and practical support for carers, therapy for safe family members also affected by grooming and abuse
Sleep and Anxiety service – specialist and tailored support to reduce acute trauma symptoms
Mentoring scheme: one-to-one support from vetted and trained volunteers to look forward explore opportunities and goals for their future
Group work – sexual violence recovery toolkit, and opportunities to participate in co-production and feedback for service design and improvements
Self-help resources – website and social media, free videos and guides to manage trauma symptoms in daily life such as techniques for grounding from panic attacks and flashbacks
CPD Accredited Training and Consultation for Professionals: improving response to response to child sexual abuse across the board, supporting all professionals to confidently and safely handle disclosures, safeguard children and young people, and support survivors in a trauma-informed way
Have a look at what some of our clients and their family members and carers have to say about the work we do at Imara:
Thank you for everything! I cannot quantify the gratitude we feel as a family for the dedication and support shown to us. We never envisaged we would be in this situation but thankfully Imara are there to help families like ours deal with the trauma of child sexual assault. We will be forever thankful. You are incredible!
Imara helped me realise how strong I am, my therapist really did save me. She was wonderful. I couldn’t thank them enough.
– Young Person
When I was going through a period of time when I was having flashbacks and panic attacks I was supported and helped through the whole way
– Young Person
After therapy, I feel like my old self before the abuse happened, but with strength and freedom. In therapy I have learnt to sit with and accept my emotions instead of letting them explode, which has helped me to cope and let things go. I have become more accepting of my family relationships and I feel more empowered to put my boundaries in place. Before therapy I would experience a tight chest, panic and feeling sick when I thought about the abuse. Now, I think of it, accept my emotions and find a helpful way to process them and move on. I used to feel suicidal and now I am looking forward to my future. If bad feelings come back, I know what to do. Thank you for everything
– Young person
Thank you Imara for all your help. My child is a different person again, back to laughing etc. It’s done him so much good to have you helping him through this. Once again thank you
A massive thank you with out the support of Imara I don’t think I could of got through it
How you can help us
We rely heavily on fundraising and donations to deliver the service that we offer. You can help support Imara by donating money, volunteering, attending fundraising events or organising your own. For more information on fundraising for Imara, visit our fundraising section or contact us for a fundraising pack.
If your company operate a ‘charity of the year’ scheme or are looking for a voluntary organisation to support, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can be put forward for selection.