Why the Trauma-informed Communities (TiC) project is needed

A 4-year study by WAVE into what causes people to suffer Severe and Multiple Disadvantage (SMD) – for instance, combinations of addiction, mental health issues, homelessness, unemployment and criminality – identified adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as a prime cause of severe disadvantage. It also suggests that trauma-informed care and trauma-informed communities are the most effective antidote for people who have suffered ACEs. The Trauma-informed Communities (TiC) project was developed as a result of that study.

Read the report:
Age 2 to 18 - systems to protect children from severe disadvantage (Walsh 2018)

The Trauma-Informed Communities (TIC) project is a locally-based, locally-led effort to create trauma-informed communities across the UK. Systemic change is driven by the very people who have been reporting that current systems do not understand the trauma behind their problems and hence do not address the needs of the community effectively. The areas spearheading this community transformation are aiming to:

  • Build ACE-aware communities - meaning that everyone gets to understand how and why trauma drives destructive and harmful behaviour, realising there are more effective ways to heal traumas.
  • Build trauma-responsive communities - thereby driving a change across services. This will transform relationships with service users. The project uses learning from states and communities across Canada, USA and other nations which have succeeded in making radical reductions in a variety of measures, for instance school exclusion, mental ill-health, drug addictions, teenage pregnancies and so on.
  • Rebuild the fabric of communities - thereby creating wellbeing for all.

The campaigns we have worked with so far have made impressive progress since early 2018, with other areas regularly establishing new groups as we all drive towards the 70/30 goal.

The project is co-ordinated by WAVE Trust, which is collaborating with local organisations and supporting independent grassroots groups in each community.

WAVE is seeking financial support to increase the reach of existing TiCs and to support new areas wishing to adopt this transformational approach. If you would like to support this project, click here.