Falkirk charity’s success in helping childhood abuse victims is no secret

Open Secret is now a well-established charity and aims to expand its services throughout 2014
Open Secret is now a well-established charity and aims to expand its services throughout 2014

A Falkirk charity providing support to survivors of childhood abuse continues to grow and develop as it approaches its 20th anniversary.

Open Secret, set up in 1994, recently produced its annual report for the period 2012-13 and stated it would be looking to expand its operation in an effort to help even more people.

Based in Thornhill Road, Falkirk, it provides a confidential service to individuals and families of all ages, through individual support, family support, group work, befriending services, complementary therapies and advocacy support.

Chief executive Janine Rennie said: “This year we were able to provide a service to 1148 people and will continue to grow to enable us to offer a service to anyone who needs it.”

Open Secret’s work in Falkirk is supported by a team of 39 volunteers and it now runs a training programme for new volunteers twice a year to meet the growing demand for the service.

Developments in the Falkirk service include links with further education allowing service users to give awareness-raising talks to 
social care students at Forth Valley College.

Funded by the Scottish Government and Falkirk Council, Open Secret was quizzed earlier this year about how local people were benefiting from the £149,442 the council had provided.

Traci Robertson, deputy chief executive, said: “Open Secret’s Falkirk service continues to be very busy with a steady flow of referrals, receiving 308 over 2012-13.”

Shelley McGee, treasurer, added: “Falkirk Council support our core salaries and this enables all our other development. Our income is £778,260, which is excellent in challenging times.”

Call (01324) 630100 or e-mail info@opensecret.org for more information.