Our ambassadors share in Kinergy's desire to break down the silence and taboo of speaking about sexual violence, to give a voice to survivors, and to promote support for survivors to ensure they can heal from their trauma.

Joe Sims, Actor

Joe Sims was born in Bristol and raised in Kingswood. He attended Sir Bernard Lovell School, where he was inspired to act by a drama teacher who introduced him to the Bristol Old Vic company. Sims later attended Filton College before studying at Middlesex University and under scholarship at the University of San Francisco.
Joe is an accomplished actor who recently play his role in ITV's drama Broadchurch where he played plumber Nige Carter. In 2012, he won an Offie (People's favorite male performance) for his performance as an accused killer in As We Forgive Them, at the Arcola Theatre in London. In addition to his appearances on TV, in the theatre, and in films, Sims has more than 100 radio credits to his name, including a run on the British radio drama The Archers. Joe was nominated for both Best Actor at the 2018 for his portrayal of Charlie Hammond in Oliver Park: Easter Riots & Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards for his portrayal of a suicidal boxer in Al Smith's award winning drama Lifelines.

Having a greater understanding of the impact of sexual abuse in society after working on Broadchurch, Kinergy reached out to see if I would be interested in supporting them. Kinergy is a charity based in Kingswood with a huge passion for supporting survivors. I can see there is a huge demand for support with 120 individuals currently on their waiting list. In my position I will hopefully be able to give voice to raise awareness for the charity and for survivors of sexual abuse.

Kinergy has been around for 23 years and will offer you a space to explore your thoughts and feelings. They have a warm inviting space with a team of amazing counsellors.


Adrienne Till, Instructor

Adrienne has lived in Bristol all her life and runs women's stretch and roll classes in the city, aimed not only at keeping fit, but also to help with mindfulness, relaxation and personal wellbeing to help those experiencing anxiety and PTSD. She also runs martial arts classes for children.

I am a trauma survivor. That is how I came to know Kinergy, when I was looking for help/therapy. I got to see first hand what Kinergy does. At Kinergy I was given access to some group therapy sessions which is what I had been looking for and needed at the time - being able to sit in a room with other women who had been through the same kind of trauma or similar to me, sharing our stories, how it made us feel, talking through things, just listening - it helped a lot.

Kinergy is the only organisation at the time I was able to find that offered those kinds of sessions in a group setting, as well as the 1-2-1 therapy sessions they run. There is still limited services that offer this support in Bristol. I think it's essential that we get to keep this service at Kinergy running.

To be given the opportunity to become an Ambassador for Kinergy/to be able to work with them means that I can give something back in return for the support they gave me. I want to raise awareness of who they are and what they do. Because of their amazing work, the women they help and come into contact with are at the very core of why I devised and set up my own women's classes. I would also like to signpost any women to them who might need their support. 

Yes, that there is help and support out there. The first step is always going to be the hardest and that's asking for help. But knowing that you are not alone and that you can get the therapy that works for you. Whether that's group therapy or 1-2-1 sessions or having access to grief therapy sessions... knowing that there is a place to go for this... it can make all the difference.

Also, don't be afraid to go/think outside of the box with your trauma recovery. To help me with my panic attacks, my breathing and fear of confined spaces, I did a beginner's scuba diving course in a swimming pool through a local scuba school! It took me out of my comfort zone but what it helped me with was brilliant... After my trauma, I couldn't do eye contact. The scuba was absolutely brilliant for helping me with this.

Adrienne runs women's stretch and roll classes from The Healthy Living Centre at Knowle West Health Park on Thursday evenings from 7:30 - 8:30pm. The cost is £3 per session, or you can book a block of 10 sessions for £20.20. The classes are designed to help with relaxation, recovery from trauma, and are fibromyalgia friendly. You can download the flyer here. For more information, call: 07962 914 002.


Mary Carpenter House
Kingswood Foundation Estate
Britannia Road
BS15 8DB

Charity Details

Registered Charity Number 1099140
Registered Number 0431957

Useful Links

The Survivors Trust

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