The Lantern Project
The Lantern Project is a registered charity, based in Wallasey, Merseyside. Graham Wilmer MBE, an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, founded the organisation originally under the name ‘Victims No Longer’ in October 2000. In April 2003, with the support of fellow survivor, David Williams, the organisation was registered by the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and changed its name to the Lantern Project on 5 December 2003. The organisation was set up to provide care, support and information for victims of childhood sexual abuse, in Wirral, Merseyside and the surrounding regions, to help improve their lives and the lives of their families. Using our own comprehensive understanding and experiences of the impact of childhood sexual abuse, we developed a specialised therapeutic model, comprising peer counselling, information and practical support, with which we were able to help victims learn how to come to terms with what happened to them, and how to deal with the consequences and impact of the abuse they suffered. Our key objective was to help them to progress from being a victim to becoming a survivor, work which required ongoing support for several years in most cases.
Since the Lantern Project was established, we have provided on-going counselling and support to more than 2000 individual victims of abuse, both male and female, aged between 8 and 80, who have made contact with us, either through the our web site, or as referrals from local NHS GP practices, Social Services, the Prison Service, the Probation Service, Drug and Alcohol services, sheltered housing associations, schools and Police. We also delivered training and presentations on abuse related issues to local Social Services, GP practices and other agencies.
However, since our NHS funding was cut at the end of 2105, along with NHS funding for other 3rd sector organisations in Wirral, we are no longer able to take referrals or provide direct support. We are only able to respond to emails and send literature to those seeking help. We can also direct enquiries to other support groups around the UK, who may be able to provide direct support and or counselling.