wave support services
The overall aim of the WAVE Trauma Centre as a cross-community, voluntary, regional organisation is to offer care and support to anyone bereaved, injured or traumatised through the 'Troubles' of Northern Ireland.
Since its establishment in 1991, WAVE has offered direct support to over 5,000 individuals; a cross-section of adults, young people and children with over 2,000 people currently engaged in support provision. Typically, over 450 new referrals are received across the organisation each year.
Service delivery includes Advocacy & Casework Service; Complementary Therapies; Counselling & Psychotherapy; Outreach Support and Welfare Advice. Other services include Trauma Training; Transgenerational / Youth services and Truth, Justice & Acknowledgement. Services are delivered regionally across five project centres located in Belfast, Omagh, Armagh, Derry / Londonderry and Ballymoney with associated satellite provision.
Advocacy and Casework
Provision of information, advice & assistance on all welfare advice issues.
Complementary Therapy is delivered at all WAVE centres by a team of 20 professionally registered therapists. We offer a range of evidence-based therapies including various types of Massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology. Up to 6 sessions of therapy are available per person, with the delivery of additional sessions in some cases. Since April 2013, in excess of 800 people have benefitted from this service.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling services are delivered at all WAVE regional centres by a team of 25 specialist Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Psychologists. We offer a variety of approaches to suit client needs and choice, including CBT & EMDR therapies, along with Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Integrative approaches. Tailored services are delivered to people throughout the lifespan, from ages 6 yrs upwards.
Outreach Support provides a first point of contact and ongoing support and services for the person seeking assistance from WAVE, either in their own homes, at a WAVE Centre or other ‘safe’ venue.
WAVE’s Welfare Advice Service complements our other services and helps our members to address urgent and pressing issues. The welfare service also aims to maximise household income.