Dundee and Angus Young Survivors
DAYS (Part of WRASAC) offers confidential, emotional and practical support to young people, aged under 18, who live in Dundee or Angus, and who have experienced sexual abuse of any kind at any time in their lives. They are there to listen, not to judge. They will believe you and support you.
One-to-one to Support
The main type of support that DAYS offer is one-to-one support. You will get a key-worker who will usually meet with you once a week for a support session. You’ll have the same person every week so you can really get to know each other. Your support sessions can be face-to-face, over the phone, via email, or online video call. DAYS workers can meet you in their centre in Dundee or they can come out to meet you in a place where you feel comfortable, such as your school or a community centre.
The support is provided in a way that suits you and is at your pace. It is up to you what you cover in support; you can choose what you want to talk about. Some examples of the topics that you might cover include: managing emotions, developing healthy coping strategies, understanding trauma and the impact it can have on your brain and your body, and building confidence. What you do in sessions is up to you. Some people prefer to just talk; others prefer to use creative materials and art work to express themselves. Some people like using objects and the sand tray to help them work through their feelings, others prefer to complete worksheets. There is no right way to engage in support. It is up to you what you want to do and your key worker can help you to work out what works for you.
From time to time DAYS run groups. If this is something you think you might be interested in, please just let them know.
Family and Friends Support
DAYS can offer brief support to your family members, carers or someone else who works with you if they are struggling with what has happened or would like to know how to help you.
If you would like support with reporting to the police or with court proceedings then you can get help from our advocacy service.
What you tell DAYS remains confidential within WRASAC. They will not tell anyone that you are in contact with them or what you have talked about, unless you want them to. However, there are some circumstances where they do have to share information. They would need to pass on information if they are concerned that you or another person are at risk of significant harm. If they have these concerns they will do their best to speak to you about it first and let you know the information that they will pass on but this might not always be possible. They will explain this before you start support and you can ask questions.
Anyone can make a referral.
If you would like support you can get in touch with DAYS by email or phone and one of their young people’s workers will get back to you.
Phone number: 01382 201 291
Email address: DAYS@wrasac.org.uk
Office hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm.
They also offer support outside of these hours if this suits the young person best.
To visit DAYS website, please click here
Facebook – @dundeeandangusyoungsurvivors
Rape Crisis Scotland helpline number is available every day from 6pm till midnight:
08088 01 03 02