The vital support Community Links Practitioners provide for people affected by childhood sexual abuse (CSA).

The Moira Anderson Foundation (MAF) provides support and therapeutic services for people affected by childhood sexual abuse (CSA). Most of our services are delivered from our premises in Airdrie North Lanarkshire, although services can be accessed by anyone living in Scotland. We support children and adults of all genders. In 2018 in recognition of the high percentage of referrals from Glasgow and in particular from the Links Practitioners based in the “deep end” GP surgeries across Glasgow, we formed a partnership with the Community Links Worker Programme to help reduce barriers to participation for some of the most vulnerable citizens of Glasgow. Through our partnership and development of our Glasgow Satellite Service (GSS), we were able to provide access to complementary therapies, integrated therapy (counselling), and our 12 week self management programme (Hands on Health), in identified GP surgeries across the City for adult living in Glasgow who are affected by CSA. Prior to this the Links Workers were supporting people from Glasgow to travel to Airdrie to access support, putting a strain on resources, and creating barriers for people needing our support. We found that even with support many people would not travel to access the services and support they so desperately needed.

Being able to deliver services from GP practices has reduced barriers for many people requiring our support and brings additional resources to GP Practices and their patients. Furthermore, our partnership has led to the development of a dedicated MAF Hub, based in the City Centre, enabling greater choice, and further reducing barriers for people in Glasgow. It is extremely important that we continue to provide services from GP surgeries as well as from our Hub premises, as this offers choice and enables us to provide services in accessible premises.

In the last month we have received 51 referrals to our Glasgow service, 33% were from Links Workers. With the threat of funding cuts, we are greatly concerned that our partnership is under threat and the devastating impact this would have for the citizens of Glasgow, in accessing the right support, at the right time, in the right place.

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