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Manchester Attack Support Group Programme (MASGP)

United Kingdom
Target Audience
Victims of terrorismFirst responders or practitionersFamilies
key themes association
Community engagement/civil societyVictims of terrorism
Peer Reviewed practice


The MASGP is coordinated and clinically managed by a team of independent consultants* and delivered by a network of psychotherapists/psychologists.

All are contracted to Manchester City Council (government organisation which holds monies for the WLMEF). The WLMEF is a charity (Reg No England/Wales 220949).

*Dr Anne Eyre (Programme Manager), Ms Jelena Watkins (Clinical Manager) and Professor Atle Dyregrov (External Advisor).

Type of Organisation: Other

Project description

The MASGP is a professionally facilitated peer support group programme for the bereaved, seriously injured, responders and other survivors of the 2017 Manchester Arena terror attack. Delivered across the North of England and Scotland, the programme is modelled on evidence-based good practice principles for intervention following mass trauma events and terrorist related support programmes.

The programme aims to enable those affected by the 2017 attack to enhance their coping skills, social support network, self- and collective efficacy and resilience in responding to terrorism and trauma.

The programme works with and signposts individuals to multiagency partners working to address radicalisation and polarisation through prevention based and other community dialogue programmes.

A number of those connected and supported through the programme have gone on to enhance their resilience by initiating, supporting and engaging in complementary educational and family-based initiatives.

This includes those campaigning for prevention, for better integrated and more inclusive communities, and working to tackle hate speech.


Deliverables have included:

  • a network of 15 regional, facilitated support groups designed to ensure geographical reach, selection of suitable participants, and enhancement of resilience and coping skills
  • regular group sessions (over two years each group met every six weeks or so, supported by assessment, follow-ups and signposting to other support services)
  • preparation and support products for facilitators; each group was run by two facilitators (predominantly psychotherapists) specially trained and experienced in disaster/terrorism-related trauma and running peer support groups
  • a bespoke framework designed around a responsive approach adapted to user requirements as identified with and by group participants, including an ongoing review process
  • other deliverables include progress and learning reports, conference presentations and research papers relating to the programme.

Contact details


c/o P O Box 4495,
Coventry, CV3 9BQ

Contact person: Dr Anne Eyre
Telephone: (+44) (0)247 650 5262
Email | Website

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