Group Work

Our groups are open to women aged 16 and over who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives and who live, work or study in Tyneside and Northumberland.


Our core groups run for eight weeks and are a women-only safe space, where you can: Explore how society’s attitudes towards sexual violence have affected you, learn and practise positive coping strategies and self-compassion, identify and develop positive future goals and steps towards these. 

Please note, this is not a therapy group and disclosure of personal story is led by each participant.


Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland and Mindful Therapies have worked with a group of women survivors of sexual violence to develop a specialist trauma-sensitive mindfulness course.   If you would like to learn and practice mindfulness in a safe, women-only space, this 6-week course may be for you.


Our once-monthly Ongoing Peer Group is an informal space lasting 2 hours and is open to women who have completed a Core 8-week Group with RCTN. We encourage members of the group to decide together the activities and discussion topics for each session. The aim of the group is to share experiences and positive strategies for self-care.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel our Ongoing Group planned for April due to restrictions related to Covid-19. Whilst these restrictions are in place we will be running our Ongoing Group online from May.  The group will still take place on the 1st Tuesday of every month but with the revised time of 3pm-5pm. All women that have accessed the Ongoing Group within the last 6 months will or have been contacted to let them know of this temporary change and how to access the group online.

If you are a member of our Ongoing Group and have any questions please email Penny,

How to Join a Group 

If you would like to join our next available 8-week core group or mindfulness group, or if you would like more information about any of our groups, please contact us. If we do not answer you can leave a message. We will never leave a voice message on your phone unless you give your permission. We will always be discreet when returning your call.

Before joining a group, our group worker will invite each woman to a one-to-one meeting to talk about the content of the group and discuss your needs and expectations.


The Mindfulness Toolkit is a book of themed activities and accompanying recordings of meditations. The toolkit was created by RCTN, Mindful Therapies and a group of women survivors of sexual violence, to be used in our mindfulness groups and to be accessed by women survivors themselves.

If you wish to purchase our Mindfulness Toolkit in hard copy or as an interactive e-book, you can buy from our online shop. 

Digital Download

We also run training days for local professionals, on trauma-sensitive mindfulness techniques when working with women survivors of sexual violence. Please contact us if you would like information about our next training session.

We would like to thank the following funders for making our group work possible in 2019-20: