A Safety Net for Survivors

Recovery Devon offered a 2018 Development Fund grant to Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE).

The charity has been working in Devon for over 40 years to support all those affected by domestic violence and abuse. Their groundbreaking services aim to empower, challenge, and change patterns.

Giving voice and choice to the people they support is key to their work. Members of SAFE’s “Pattern Changing” course wanted to continue supporting one another when the sessions finished.

They suggested a creative community drop-in for peer support and wellbeing. Thus the Safety Net group was created, seeking help from Recovery Devon.

“SAFE is my life. Safety Net gives me something to look forward to and a reason to leave home.”

“Safety Net is the only safe place for me, otherwise I am isolated.”

Our funding allowed Safety Net to enlist the expertise of two textile artists, and provide the materials required for the group to use in their sessions.

Hermisenda Cortez demonstrated the art of screen printing, and Marian Court offered her rag rug skills.

These creative methods continue to be used, and Safety Net now has plans to become a weekly group with a programme of events.

“I find kind, understanding people at Safety Net, sharing the same experiences in a confidential environment.”

“I love the chats, talks and crafting, it takes my mind to a better place.”

“I find it very therapeutic. Learning different types of crafting gives me ideas to do at home. I would be isolated from the world if I did not have SAFE’s Safety Net.”

SAFE were very grateful to Recovery Devon for funding the Safety Net Group. They shared some wonderful quotes from members to express what a difference the sessions had made.

We thank Safety Net and all their participants for gifting their experiences and insights to the recovery movement. Find out more about the help SAFE offers.