STAR- support for young people
PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, due to a high demand for our services, STAR is now temporarily closed for new referrals until April. We appreciate that waiting for our referral list to reopen can be difficult, please see the link below for a list of alternative services that you may wish to contact in the interim. You can also contact the Rape Crisis Scotland national helpline on 08088 01 03 02 (open every day from 6pm until midnight) for support.
The STAR project offers confidential, emotional and practical support to young people, including all members of the trans community and non-binary people, aged 12 to 18 in Edinburgh and the Lothians, who have experienced rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual bullying or circulating an intimate picture without your consent.
We are a team of support workers who have completed professional training in art therapy, sand tray therapy and/or counselling.
We offer face to face sessions where you can use the time any way you choose, and we can talk through what support we can offer:
- An initial session to find out about your support needs. This will last up to 50 minutes.
- Up to 16 further 50 minute sessions with the same support worker, in which you can talk and/or use creative materials to express yourself.
- Group support (if a suitable amount of young people are interested in accessing this).
- Up to 6 sessions of support to your family and close friends.
We also offer phone support sessions, text, email and group support.
We have support rooms our centre or we can also provide support in schools, colleges or local community venues that are located in a convenient place for you.
Our contact details
17 Claremont Crescent
Edinburgh, EH7 4HX
Agencies can contact STAR on the details above to arrange a visit or to get leaflets about our service.