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Who we are

Sue Lambert Trust is the leading charity in Norfolk to offer free therapeutic counselling and support services to survivors of sexual violence and abuse

Our story

The Trust’s roots go back over 40 years starting with Norwich Rape Crisis that was established in the 1980’s as a women’s collective. Sue Lambert joined because she had been sexually assaulted at the age of 16. She trained in her own time to be a counsellor and played a leading role in a string of campaigns in Norwich and Norfolk including Norfolk Says No. In 2000, MPower was set up in Norwich to support male survivors of sexual abuse. They acted as a partner organisation to Norwich Rape Crisis.

In 2007 after years of partnership working, Norwich Rape Crisis and MPower merged to form SeVA (Sexual Violence Alliance) in order to provide counselling and support for anyone affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse, through face to face counselling, a helpline and support groups.

Sue Lambert was a founder of SeVA and was the chair on their board of Trustees for almost 10 years stepping down in 2011 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, she sadly passed away in January 2013. In recognition of her contribution the board members of SeVA decided to honour her memory by changing the name of the charity to the Sue Lambert Trust, incorporating her signature into the logo.

Sue Lambert Trust’s main offices are in Norwich, they started out in a small space opposite the train station and as they expanded they moved to occupy and lease a larger building on Music House Lane which they now own. It was redesigned by LSI Architects and quantity surveyors AECOM in 2015 for free as part of a Norfolk ProHelp Scheme to ensure it met the growing need for more counselling rooms.

In 2014 a satellite office for support was set up in Great Yarmouth operating from Victim Support’s premises in Market Row. In 2019 with support of the National Lottery and national grant making organisations they moved to their own premises in King Street, Great Yarmouth where they still are today.

Demand for counselling and support provided has grown year on year with notable increases in demand after the Jimmy Saville scandal that followed his death and most recently due to the lockdowns we faced as part of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2012-2013 we provided 1796 counselling sessions and in 2021-2022 we provided 10,500!  Demand is increasing year on year and we need to continue to grow, in order to continue our support to all people that are reaching out to us when they’re ready to talk.

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Our team and trustees

Meet some of the people who make us who we are.

As a charity we are governed by a Board of Volunteer Trustees and they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience.  They work collectively on setting the direction for the organisation, that it is working within its legal and statutory responsibilities and the organisation has a sustainable future.  The Board delegates its oversight responsibilities to two sub committees – Finance and Performance; Quality and Safeguarding.

The current members of the Board of Trustees are:

Chair and Chair of Finance and Performance Committee – Ben Higham

Board and Finance and Performance Committee Member – Tanya Florence

Board Member – David Vail

Board Member – Maureen Carson

Board Member – Claire Stevens

The Board delegates the responsibility for the day to day running of the organisation to the CEO.  The CEO is supported in their role by a team of senior managers including a Head of Counselling; Finance Manager and a Business Operations Manager.

To contact the Chair of Trustees or the CEO please email info@suelamberttrust.org

Should you be interested in becoming a trustee at the Sue Lambert Trust please email info@suelamberttrust.org

Work with us

Please see below current vacancies.

Looking for a rewarding career?

We are a great charity to work for and really value the people who make us who we are.

By working for us you will have the opportunity to make a real difference to support people that have experienced abuse and to ensure they get the support they need.

If you wish to arrange a confidential chat about any of our current vacancies contact our CEO on 01603 622406 or email recruitment@suelamberttrust.org

Deputy Clinical Lead (Great Yarmouth)

Deputy Clinical Lead (Great Yarmouth)

Our Deputy Clinical Leads are key to providing a supportive and safe environment for our counselling team and our clients.  As Deputy Clinical Lead you will part of the ‘go to’ team for any enquiries about the therapeutic provision at Sue Lambert Trust.  You will be not only be a qualified counsellor but also have keen focus on finding resolutions to issues or challenges.  You will receive a supportive environment, a generous annual leave allowance, clinical supervision as well as ongoing training.  Applications by CV and Covering Letter to recruitment@suelamberttrust.org by 9am Monday 20th March.

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Join the Board as a Trustee

Interested in making a significant difference to people who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse or violence?  Have knowledge and skills to share to support the running of the organisation?  We are currently looking for applications to become a trustee of Sue Lambert Trust.

We are particularly looking for people with professional experience in mental health field, including management experience and extensive counselling and psychotherapy, finance, charity law, marketing and fundraising.

We would strongly encourage anyone who has lived experience of sexual abuse or violence along with any of the above skill set to apply.  We would also welcome anyone from a black and minority ethnic communities, LGBTQ+ communities and from people with disabilities.

A role description can be found below.

To apply please complete the form enclosed here.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss any of the above please get in touch – recruitment@suelamberttrust.org

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Experienced and Qualified Counsellors

Experienced and Qualified Volunteer Counsellors

If you are a qualified or experienced counsellor and are looking to support our client group please do get in touch as we would like to hear from you.

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Trainee Counsellors

Trainee Placement Volunteer Counsellors

We have a small number of vacancies for trainee placements within the organisation.  Please click on more information below to find out more.

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