I am so glad to be able to wish Beyond Existing a happy fifteenth birthday. It's a real testament to the dedication of its staff and volunteers that it still exists, despite problems with support, funding etc, and that it continues to provide vital therapeutic support to male and female survivors of abuse. Many congratulations Beyond Existing.
Lesley Glaister, Patron
Whilst this is a year blessed with several important anniversaries in our national story,this should not deflect us at Beyond Existing from some modest celebration in July marking 15 years of successful work. I am confident that with Jacki Pritchard at the helm, we have many more years of achievement to toast in the future. I shall look forward to greeting all our friends and supporters at the AGM and Birthday Party on Saturday 4th July.
Tim Shuttleworth, Chairperson
After a meeting with Jacki Pritchard and Janice Ward, in which they described their work with adult survivors of abuse, I was left feeling both inspired and humbled by their selfless dedication.
Adult survivors of abuse seem to be a group of people sadly neglected by society and in terms of funding and therapeutic aid.
Beyond Existing's method of helping these people heal through regular meetings, where they can talk over their experiences and are encouraged to express themselves creatively through writing and art, is admirable and imaginative, and I am proud to be a patron
Lesley Glaister, Author
When Jacki Pritchard founded Beyond Existing in 2000, she was identifying a serious welfare need in the community that Beyond Existing has since sought to meet especially in West Yorkshire. Her commitment and those who work with her to the idea of Beyond Existing has meant that wherever locally there are victims of physical, sexual, emotional, financial or discriminatory abuse, help has been at hand.
Over the past 15 years, Beyond Existing through its trained and experienced Group Leaders has assisted many people embark on a healing process that has caused them to look forward to the future with confidence and to live a life which is beyond merely existing.
We may be able to achieve the same for you. Certainly we are anxious to do so. The service is free and you can be assured of a sympathetic response.
That you are reading this website may be the first step towards finding a possible solution for your stressful experience.
I commend the work of Beyond Existing. As a member of its Steering Committee since the beginning and now as Chairperson, I am constantly reminded by past members of their gratitude to and affection for the Groups. It is greatly humbling and indeed touching to learn of their loyalty and determination to continue to support Beyond Existing even though strictly they are no longer in need of its services, making this scarce resource truly a family of the healing and healed.
In closing, I express the hope that once aware of the difficulties you are facing we may provide you or someone you know with a positive outcome that many earnestly seek and with you we are determined to find.
Timothy Shuttleworth, Barrister