Carr Gomm has received funding from the Scottish Government to continue to support survivors of childhood abuse who are experiencing isolation and loneliness.

The funding of more than £10 million will be distributed amongst 29 charitable organisations to ensure people across Scotland, who have experienced childhood abuse, are still able to access these specialist services and feel supported during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Carr Gomm will use this financial support to fund their specialist link workers who are based within the Rivers Centre and provide support to survivors of childhood abuse. This centre is run by NHS Lothian and supports people from all backgrounds who have been impacted by psychological trauma.

Helena Richards, Community Development Manager with Carr Gomm said: “Prior to lockdown, our staff at the Rivers Centre co-ordinated therapeutic groups, additional social groups and provided practical support to help those who attended the centre.

“Unfortunately, this has not been possible due to the current situation and staff are now supporting people remotely through phone calls. These phone calls have been reassuring for people supported, continuing to break down barriers and prevent feelings of isolation at home. The response has been positive with those receiving phone calls being really appreciative of staff checking in on how they are coping during this time.

“It is vital for us that we remind people they matter despite the distance, ensuring their health and well-being remains a priority. This is why we are thrilled to receive this funding”

If you would like to find out more about receiving support from Carr Gomm, get in touch via our online form.