Axis Counselling has been helping victims of sexual abuse for nearly 25 years – long before it was accepted that childhood grooming gangs existed.  Axis has been a safe haven for victims of Childhood Sexual Exploitation (CSE), and has provided support, long-term support in some cases, to victims of CSE as well as other forms of sexual abuse.  Axis is a not for profit organisation that supports hundreds of clients every year through both their counselling service and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service, and this is only made possible due to the funding provided by the Police and Crime Commissioner,…


New CEO welcomed

Axis has welcomed its new Chief Executive Officer, Simon McCloy. Simon has worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years and is looking forward to raising the profile of Axis and securing ongoing funding and growing support for the charity. “I am delighted to be joining such a professional organisation as Axis and one that delivers such a vital service to our community,” he said. Having headed Shropshire Tourism for 15 years, Simon is aware of the challenges facing the third sector. He will be bringing his commercial skills to the position and plans to represent the charity at local,…



Christmas goodies galore up for grabs!  Axis will be having a tombola stall at a Christmas Bazaar on Wednesday 13th December to raise funds. This is just a small selection of prizes donated by staff for an Axis stall at the Roy Fletcher Centre, 12-17 Cross Hill, Shrewsbury, from 10am to 2pm.  There will also be gifts, crafts confectionery, bric-a-brac, raffles, tea/coffee and cake. Please come and support us! Please note the event is at the Roy Fletcher Centre, not Fletcher House.


Run for “tough conversations” – £582 raised

A half marathon in a Welsh seaside town was not enough of a challenge for Axis’s sexual violence advisor Sally – she ran the 79 miles to Abersoch to watch the event instead, raising £582 on the way. Sally is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) with Axis, a Shrewsbury-based charity which helps survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual violence. She helped raise awareness by wearing a T-shirt with the wording “We don’t run away from tough conversations” during her own run. She hatched the plan with her brother after they both hit milestone birthdays. “We both just like running so we…


Axis achieves PQASSO Level 1

Axis has achieved the PQASSO level 1 quality standard award, the leading standard developed for the voluntary sector which shows it provides an effective and efficient high quality user centric service. We believe we may be the first charity in the county to receive the PQASSO level 1 kite mark. “We don’t know of any other voluntary organisations based in Shropshire who have been awarded this registration,” said Tim O’Shea, Axis chief executive officer. The charity has its head office in Fletcher House, College Hill, Shrewsbury, and also has a branch at The Glebe in Wellington, Telford.  It was set…