South Cumbria Rape and Sexual Abuse was established by Christine Birchall in 1991 as she was concerned about the lack of support for rape and sexual abuse survivors.
From 1991 – until March 2010 the service was known as South Cumbria Rape and abuse Service.
In order to honour the late Christine Birchall the founder member of the organisation the Board of Trustees and Manager changed the name of the organisation to The Birchall Trust in March 2010.
During 2011 – 2012 we expended our services to include North Lancashire, with counselling rooms opening in Lancaster during June 2011 and Morecambe in May 2012.
We received 5 referrals in our first year of the service and since then we have received thousands of referrals for both Male & Female adults, children and Young people and their loved ones.
All our staff have a current Disclosure and Barring certificate.
The Counselling Team
All our counsellors are experienced qualified counsellors who receive on-going training including up to date safeguarding, monthly supervision, case management and are a member of a registered professional body e.g. BACP, BAPT.
The Office Staff
The small dedicated staff team are able to deal sensitively with referrals; they also collectively have excellent business and administration qualifications and experience.
The Trustee Board
The Trustees volunteer their time and expertise to oversee the legal and business functioning of the Service. They have a range of skills, experience and qualifications, coming from various walks of life. This provides the organisation with a firm secure structure from which it can operate.
The clients accessing the service can be male or female, adults, children or young people who are survivors of Rape and Sexual abuse. Friends and family of survivors are also welcome to attend counselling in order to help them to support their loved ones.
Counselling takes place in our comfortable counselling rooms in Barrow, Kendal, Lancaster or Morecambe.