Decisive support for the survivors of Hillsborough, as the closure evokes a mixture of emotions.


Fifty-two people attended meetings organized by the Hillsborough Survivors Support Alliance.

Dozens of Liverpool supporters who were in Hillsborough were able to change their lives through the therapy of a group led by survivors.

The Hillsborough Survivors Support Alliance has continued to provide support services during a period of closure that has been an emotional rollercoaster ride for many.

A year later, the Hillsborough Transformational Recovery Model continues to help others cope with trauma caused by the tragic events of April 15, 1989.

The Alliance began helping survivors in September last year through a specially designed therapy course led by a professional psychotherapist.

And while the country is returning to stricter containment measures, the organization’s leaders are urging all those affected by the disaster to contact them if they need help.

The group is raising funds to help the people through the courses, which include four sessions over a period of five weeks.

Peter Scarfe, the group’s chairman, said: “Fifty-two people have completed the therapy – that’s 52 people with a better attitude. They can visit their memories of Hillsborough at any time and then put them back in the box”.

Prior to inclusion, the group held monthly meetings at Anfield.

But the work of the Hillsborough Survivors Support Alliance is not limited to that.

Since the introduction of social restrictions in March, just weeks before the 31st anniversary of the FA Cup semi-final disaster, it has adapted to remain present for those struggling through a lockdown period that has caused a rollercoaster of emotions.

“We decided that we should make this a regular thing and began to hold meetings with 15 to 25 members.

Peter, who was on the terrace in Leppings Lane when the tragedy unfolded, said: “We started the week before the anniversary. We held our first zoom session, then one on the anniversary because we couldn’t go to Anfield.

“Of course, all our therapies had to be discontinued because of inclusion, but we decided to continue to hold the sessions of our online course, Build a Better Life, online because of the mental health of people who were isolated. It has proven so popular that we now hold one session every week.

“We’ve been really, really active through Zoom and through our WhatsApp groups and Twitter.

“We only held the Zoom meetings to get people to connect and help them control their fear by blocking them. We’re trying to get people into a mindset where they think positively, not negatively.

“We’ve noticed, especially recently, that the fear levels are starting to rise again, especially now that the season has started, and we’re going straight back into another lockdown.

“It’s amazing what it does. I hope it’s not just us and that there are other mental health organizations that use organizations like Zoom to keep people connected.


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