About Acts Fast

Our Mission

Where we began…

We evolved from providing a volunteer counselling and group support service at ‘From Hurting 2 Healing’. Realising the enormity of the chronic lack of support for non-abusive parents/carers and families after their child’s disclosure of sexual abuse, we felt there was a lack of support for the families within Dorset and at the time only a couple of other charities Nationally.

The disclosure has been aptly described as akin to a bomb going off; shrapnel indiscriminately cutting into everyone involved, without specialised support and understanding, the families are left to carry the shrapnel alone.

We work collaboratively with other services and organisations, which helps ensure the complexities for those affected are met

We are a dynamic group of professionals. Our aims are to alleviate the isolation, trauma and distress by holistically providing non- judgemental support for the non-abusive family of a sexually abused child.

  • Simone Walls-Macdonald  – Acting Chair of Trustees
  • Noel Spreadbury MBE – Treasurer & Trustee
  • Dr Terri Cole Trustee- Trustee, PhD Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth University, BPS Member TBA Trustee
  • Dr Ching-Yu Huang – Trustee, School of Psychology, Keele University


Our Aims

  • Acts Fast aims to relieve the distress of the non-abusive families, parents, carers and children who have been affected by sexual abuse.
  • Acts Fast aims to shorten the road to recovery by preventing long-term damage to the holistic well-being of the individuals themselves and collectively within their family unit.
  • Acts Fast aims to help and empower parents, carers and families within Dorset whose child has been sexually abused.


We are under the Umbrella of Survivors Trust, which is a national umbrella agency for over 130 specialist voluntary sector agencies, working with women, men and children who are victim/survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse across the country.

Many thanks to the amazing support and advice from Bournemouth CVS and Bournemouth Council, Hurting to Healing, The Survivor’s Trust, Step-up, Bournemouth Samaritan’s, Townsend Children’s Centre in our initial stages. Also, thanks to the Commissioning our services from Safer Poole Partnership, Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Co-operative, Big Lottery and Health and Wellbeing Legacy Fund. Amazing ongoing support from Bournemouth University and Barnardo’s. We would also like to thank Roger Lane and Roger Holman for the use of their photographs and to Baking Digital for website design, development and on-going support.

This financial year, we are grateful for support from the following funders: The National Lottery, The Dorset Police and Crimes Commissioner, The Talbot Village Trust, The Dorset Community Foundation, Charities Aid Foundation, The Co-op.