About Acts Fast

Our Mission

We evolved from providing a volunteer counselling and group support service at DAA (Dorset Action on Abuse). Realising the enormity of the chronic lack of support for non-abusive parents/carers and families after their child’s disclosure of sexual abuse, we made the decision to face and professionally rectify this problem.

The disclosure has been aptly described as being akin to a bomb going off; shrapnel indiscriminately cutting into everyone involved, and without support or understanding, they are left to carry this shrapnel alone.

We are a dynamic group of people whose aims are to alleviate the isolation, trauma and distress by holistically supporting the non-abusive family of a sexually abused child.


Amanda Gulliver
Service Director

Director of Services, Volunteer’s and Recruitment, Finance and Fund Applications

Simone Walls-Macdonald
Trustee and Director of Research
and Development

Julia Heasman
Trustee and Secretary

Project Team Leader for Graphic and Design

Dr Andrew Mayers PhD, MBPsS
Trustee and Chair

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, at Bournemouth University

“Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, was honoured when we asked him to be Patron for our charity.”

Our Aims

  • Acts Fast aims to relieve the distress of the non-abusive families, parents, carers and children who have been affected by sexual abuse.
  • Acts Fast aims to shorten the road to recovery by preventing long-term damage to the holistic well-being of the individuals themselves and collectively within their family unit.
  • Acts Fast aims to help and empower parents, carers and families within Dorset whose child has been sexually abused.


We are under the Umbrella of Survivors Trust, which is a national umbrella agency for over 130 specialist voluntary sector agencies, working with women, men and children who are victim/survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse across the country.

Also, thanks to the amazing support and advice from Bournemouth CVS and Bournemouth Council. The Survivors Trust and Dorset Action on Abuse. Bournemouth Samaritan’s, Step-Up and the NSPCC. Also we would like to thank Roger Lane and Roger Holman for the use of their photographs and to OneCom for communications and  Baking Digital for website design and development.