About Acts Fast


Our Mission

Where we began…

We evolved from providing a volunteer counselling and group support service at ‘From Hurting 2 Healing’. 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 felt there was a lack of support for the families within Dorset and at the time only a couple of other charities Nationally.

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

We work collaboratively with other services and organisations, which helps ensure the complexities for those affected are met

We are a dynamic group of professionals. Our aims are to alleviate the isolation, trauma and distress by holistically providing non- judgemental support for the non-abusive family of a sexually abused child.

Amanda Gulliver
Co-Founder & CEO

Trained ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor), Qualified Adult & Young Persons Counsellor

Dr Andrew Mayers PhD, MBPsS, FRSA
Chair of Trustees

Governor Dorset NHS, Principle Academic, Bournemouth University

Simone Walls-Macdonald
Co-Founder & Trustee

Noel Spreadbury MBE
Treasurer & Trustee

Services to education, MBE

Dr Terri Cole
Trustee

PhD, Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth University, BPS Member

Paul Scales
Trustee

Senior Peer Specialist, Education Trainer, Campaigner & Ambassador

DC Jonathon McKinney
Trustee

Child protection, safeguarding and criminal investigation trainer at Dorset Police

Joy Hughes
Trustee

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.

Accreditations

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.

Many thanks to the amazing support and advice from Bournemouth CVS and Bournemouth Council, Hurting to Healing, The Survivor’s Trust, Step-up, Bournemouth Samaritan’s, Townsend Children’s Centre in our initial stages. Also, thanks to the Commissioning our services from Safer Poole Partnership, Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Co-operative, Big Lottery and Health and Wellbeing Legacy Fund. Amazing ongoing support from Bournemouth University and Barnardo’s. We would also like to thank Roger Lane and Roger Holman for the use of their photographs and to Baking Digital for website design, development and on-going support.