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Peer Support group

Beyond the Scars is a voluntary peer support service that aims to offer support to those who are affected by self harm, whether that be directly or indirectly.  This can include: people who have or still do self harm, friends, relatives and carers of those who self injure; as well as anybody who may work with those affected.

Self harm does not discriminate and neither do we. We have an equal opportunities policy meaning we welcome people of any gender, any race, any sexuality, with any disabilities or mental health conditions. We have an accessible access and bathroom, and if there is something we can do to make coming to group easier just let us know and we will do our best to make any necessary arrangements.

We have a group in Warrington every Thursday night 6pm-8pm at The Marjorie Griffiths Learning Centre, Beaufort Street, Warrington, WA5 1BA.  The support group at Newton Community Centre, Park Road South on Monday evenings isn't available at present.  However the online support group  is available to anyone everyone requiring peer support.  Groups are currently for those age 18 years or over, who have or still do self harm. The weekly meetings offer individuals the chance to discuss and learn about their self harm in a safe secure and confidential environment, without fear of judgement. 

For information on the structure of our groups, click:

An example of some of our activities can be found:

About Beyond The Scars

We offer a "buddy" system where everyone will be paired with a volunteer who will offer them a 1:1 chat every 6 weeks.  This allows the member to discuss anything they may not feel comfortable disclosing in check-in, talk about any problems or discuss any aspect of the group, but it also allows us to identify any area where we can offer tailored support.  Full details of the buddying system will be explained when you attend your first meeting. 

 We understand how daunting going to your first group can be, so we try to make this as easier for you and support you in any way we can. Walking into a room full of people you don't know can be extremely overwhelming, so a volunteer will offer to meet with you before the group begins to show you around the building, go basic new member paperwork e.g. group rules & confidentiality etc. as well as answer any questions you may have.

We also provide free hot and cold drinks.

In addition to our weekly meetings, we also facilitate an online support group which is private and secure.  This allows members to access and provide support outwith group hours.  There are strict rules in place which is monitored by volunteers to ensure correct use and safeguarding; as well to offer support when able. 

This service is available to anyone aged 13 and over. Under 16s however, need written parent or guardian consent for them to access the page.

Family And Friends

Our family and friends group is currently unavailable.  If you are a family member or friends and would like to get in contact, you can do this via the contact page. 

Important information

The volunteers are not trained counsellors, nor are they medically trained; our service is voluntary which means we are unable to facilitate a crisis response.   Our peer support service does not replace the service offered by mental health professionals or therapy.  If you feel you are in crisis, please reach out to your mental health team, or contact emergency services

To donate to enable us to continue this much needed support please email: sdavidson@beyondthescars.co.uk