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Get in Touch

Book an appointment by calling on the numbers below.

Clinic day: Tuesday 10am-6pm ​

Advocacy support:
Monday 9am-5pm
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-3pm

Advocate
Hawa Bah
07824 580 988
0113 271 8277

Management
Sharon Brown
sharonb@touchstonesupport.org.uk

Blossom Clinic 
Talking is healing

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a secret pain that many women carry with them. It is the practice of deliberately cutting, injuring, or changing a girl’s genitals – for cultural or religious reasons.

Effects of cutting
Women who survive cutting are often left with long lasting health problems.

  • Feeling fear​
  • Difficulty urinating​
  • Painful memories​
  • Flashbacks​
  • Vaginal infection
  • Constant pain​
  • Painful periods​
  • Difficulty having sex​
  • Anxiety and depression​
  • Lack of confidence​

The Blossom Clinic is where the healing begins.

We’re here to help non-pregnant women who may be suffering the effects of FGM. You can talk to one of our specialist community advisors one-to-one, in complete confidence and without judgement. The Blossom Clinic is a safe space where you can get medical treatment, as well as support to understand what’s happened to you and regain your confidence.

If you can talk about it, you can get through it. ​

How we can help

  • A safe space ​
  • Complete confidentiality ​
  • Assessment and treatment of physical symptoms ​
  • One-to-one initial support session ​
  • Up to six sessions of follow-on support ​
  • Help accessing other services ​
  • Emotional and practical help ​
  • Rebuilding confidence ​
  • Other languages spoken​

Further support

  • If someone is in immediate danger, contact the police immediately by dialling 999.
  • If you think someone may be at risk, contact the NSPCC helpline on 0800 028 3550or fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk.
  • If you’re under pressure to have FGM performed on your daughter, ask a GP, your health visitor, or another healthcare professional for help, or contact the NSPCC helpline.
  • If you’ve had FGM, you can get help from a specialist NHS gynaecologist or FGM service – ask a GP, your midwife, or any other healthcare professional about services in your area.
  • For under-18s, there is a separate service for girls who have experienced FGM. Speak to your GP or any other healthcare professional to access this service. You can also phone, e-mail or message ChildLine https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/
  • If you’re pregnant and have experienced FGM, you can contact the Haamla Service on 0113 2065477

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Our Team

Andrea Taylor
Andrea TaylorSpecialist FGM Midwife
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Nicole Ackie
Nicole AckieSpecialist FGM Midwife
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Hawa Bah
Hawa BahAdvocate
Touchstone Team