Battle Scars is a Leeds-based charity running peer support services for people who are affected by self-harm. It is survivor-led, and aims to provide reliable, sensitive, compassionate and non-judgemental support; increase wider awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding self-harm; and help people develop healthier coping strategies for life’s challenges.
The Allen Lane Foundation made a grant to Battle Scars at the October 2022 meeting. £7,228 is helping to fund the new part-time Services Support role. The worker is supporting the increasing numbers of people who are accessing the services, and provide face-to-face, virtual and telephone support. Outcomes for the beneficiaries include a reduction in self-harming through introducing healthier coping strategies; increased confidence and self-awareness; and a reduction in feelings of shame.