Would you like to bring all the benefits of a Trauma-informed Community (TiC) to your area?

WAVE is happy to support anyone who is driven to transform their area through the science of ACEs and resilience. Get in touch today and let us know what your plans are.

For anyone wishing to start a TiC project from scratch, here are some first steps we’d recommend:

  • Bring together everyone you know who wants to create a trauma-informed community. Meet up to discuss what you would like for your area. Create a preliminary action plan for the first few months. Draw in other volunteers through your contacts and others who have shown a keen interest locally.
  • Set up a Facebook group and use it as a means of drawing in more volunteers and update everyone on the latest news.
  • Host a screening of the film 'Resilience'. Charge £5-£10 per ticket to ensure that you cover the license fee costs (£240 payable to distributor Dartmouth Films, inc. VAT) plus the cost of venue hire (though we’d recommend asking a local third sector organisation for free room hire). Ideally get a local organisation to be your champion and/or financial supporter.
  • Hold a Q&A session with local experts immediately after the screening. Use the event to advertise your Facebook group, steering group and local aims, as well as asking the audience what they’d like to see going forward.


Subsequent tasks you could take include:

  • Secure interest from businesses in your area, senior leaders such as headteachers and police superintendents, and relevant third sector organisations. Ask them if they would be willing to explore the possibility of making their services trauma-informed. Maintain contact with them after the initial first meeting and develop a relationship.
  • Survey local practitioners (e.g. using SurveyMonkey) as to their opinions regarding trauma-informed approaches and what they feel is needed in their workplace. Cast the net wide in terms of whichever practitioners are most likely to deal with traumatised people on a day-to-day basis, which could include health visitors, police officers, prison officers, school teachers, etc.
  • Host focus groups with people who have been severely affected in their adult lives by the impact of childhood trauma. Ask them what services they would like to see changed and in what ways, as well as how trauma has affected their lives.
  • Link local services interested in pursuing this transformation with professional trauma-informed trainers - see more about our training here.


Trauma-informed Communities training

WAVE provides CPD-accredited training on how to set up a sustainable Trauma-informed Community project in your area that will be guided by the views, desires and efforts of local residents. If you would like to find out more, enquire below.