About

The Charity

Trauma Breakthrough, which also works under the name Breakthrough, was founded in 2013. We are a charity based in Bath and operating across the south-west of England. We provide specialist mental health services and support for adult survivors of abuse and all forms of trauma. We also offer training and consultancy to organisations and individuals who want to learn to support survivors more effectively.

Head to the ‘About Trauma‘ page to find out more about why we do what we do.

Breakthrough’s “mission” is four-fold:
– To change the ways adult survivors of abuse and other forms of trauma receive help. Trauma care should not be “one size fits all”.
– To offer community-based therapeutic and support services to help survivors recover from the effects of trauma and reclaim their lives.
– To raise awareness of the long term impact of trauma on mental, emotional and physical health.
– To equip individuals and organisations with more effective ways of supporting survivors of trauma within their community


The Support Centre & Support Centre Team


Breakthrough’s Support Centre in Bath can only run with the help of some exceptional people.
We know that going to a new building or an initial appointment with someone can feel quite scary, so we’ve created dedicated sections of our website where you can have a virtual look around our Support Centre before you arrive, and find out a little about each of it’s team members, from the therapy team through to support/admin staff, and even the office cat!

Trustees

Breakthrough is governed by a Board of Trustees whose job it is to oversee the operation and development of the charity. The Trustees are:

Dr Fergus Law MBChB. BSc. MRCPsych

Hannah Cox

Sarah Thomas

Jon Bees

Emily Curtis

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Partnerships

We wouldn’t be able to keep doing the work that we do without the support of our partners and funders.
This year Breakthrough are being supported by a range of Trusts and Foundations.
With particular thanks to The Tudor Trust, Lloyds Bank Foundation, and The National Lottery Community fund who are supporting Breakthrough with multi-year funding.

The Tudor Trust

Lloyds Bank Foundation

The Ministry of Justice

National Lottery Community Fund

The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust

Avon & Somerset PCC

SouthGate Bath

3rd Sector Group

LocalGiving

The People’s Postcode Trust

Arnold Clark Community Fund

Allen Lane Foundation

Burges Salmon Charitable Trust

Waitrose Community Foundation

The Albert Hunt Trust

Souter Charitable Trust

OneStop Community Grants

Quartet Community Foundation

The Edward Gostling Foundation

Walter Guinness Charitable Trust

Bristol Pride

British Land

National Grid

Bubble CiTea Bath

Business Partnerships / Charity of the Year

Royds Withy King - Law Firm

We are so excited about becoming charity partners with Royds Withy King for the next two years and be involved with a firm that is committed to raising awareness and helping those who are struggling. Each year the staff at RWK come together to choose a charity they free passionate about and who they want to support across the next two years – and for 2021-23, they chose us!

“I’m really looking forward to the next 2 years supporting this small, but incredibly important charity. They have not long moved to the support centre which gives their users a safe space to relax, attend therapy and participate in group sessions. Their big dream is to buy a respite house for trauma survivors – a facility that is not currently available in our area. It would be great if we can help them achieve that through our fundraising efforts over 2021-23!”
Sophie Webb, Charity Committee representative at RWK

SouthGate Bath

As part of its ongoing community work, this year’s art installation in SouthGate is being run in aid of Breakthrough. This year’s multi-coloured canopy is made from 190 brightly coloured butterflies, providing the perfect photo opportunity for visitors. The installation will also include a butterfly wing selfie wall and floral planters. Butterflies are a symbol of freedom and hope, and dotted around SouthGate are QR codes where visitors can make a  donation to Breakthrough.

Guy Henderson, Centre Director at SouthGate said, “We’re incredibly excited to reveal this year’s installation. Not only will it bring a smile to those who visit us this summer, it will also help to raise essential funds for our charity partner Trauma Breakthrough. Our summer installations always prove really popular with our visitors, and we expect this year’s to be no different. It creates a real spectacle in the city, and contributes to an amazing atmosphere!

Giles Lascelle, CEO at Breakthrough, said, SouthGate’s installations brighten up the city each summer and we are delighted to be part of it this year. We hope that the installation will help to raise awareness of the needs of trauma survivors, and every donation will go towards supporting people across the South West who need support to help them recover from the long-term impact of trauma and abuse.”

The display will be live throughout the summer, along with a giant GivingBox allowing visitors to make quick £3 contactless donations to Breakthrough and 3 other local charities as they shop.

Pink Clouding Co.

PinkClouding are an independent clothing brand offering a range of slogan clothing to empower and inspire.

They know that people are badass! So their range of sweatshirts and gifts are there to encourage body positivity, period power, strong women, survivors, and cancer warriors alike!
Breakthrough have been working with Emma, their wonderful founder, for the last year, particularly on the “Feeling safe shouldn’t be a privilege” sweatshirt (in response to the national outcry around women’s safety following the high profile deaths of Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa, Ashling Murphy and others), and the Emotional Pie Chart sweatshirt (around everyday mental health).
PinkClouding donate 20% of the profits from both items to Breakthrough’s support services for survivors.
You can get yours – or browse the whole sassy range from PinkClouding – on their website www.pinkclouding.co.uk!