SALT South West  – registered as a charity in 1992.

SALT South West is a Plymouth-based Christian voluntary organisation ( known as SAIFLINE until 2006), offering direct help to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  SALT is a member agency of The Survivors’ Trust and our Co-ordinator is a member of TAG (Trauma and Abuse Group).  We are accountable to our Management Committee of five and have a Council of Reference  which includes an MP, a Bishop, another Minister of Religion and a media presenter.

We are currently a team of ten members, two of whom are counselling students and three of whom are currently paid part-time (Team Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator and Administrator).  Our volunteer listeners have all undertaken the in-house SALT training, some have various counselling qualifications including specific sexual abuse/trauma related subjects.  Some members of our team are survivors and bring with them personal experience and knowledge.  Supervision is fundamental to our work and each listener receives a minimum of one and a half hours every four weeks.  We are a close team and there is always the opportunity to share and offload inbetween when necessary.  (Which is often the case in our field of work).  Our Annual Away Day gives us a chance to meet outside of work to share, explore and be refreshed as people, not just as co-workers.  Behind the scenes, our 60 prayer partners have the important role of supporting us and we meet together once a year.

SALT works with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, age 16 and above.  Everyone is received by us regardless of background, belief or behaviour.  Our services are free of charge but donations are always welcomed.  We do not want anyone to be excluded from receiving good quality psychological help.

We provide therapeutic, educational and informative support in a variety of ways within a safe setting.