WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO, AND WHY
WHO WE ARE
PODS was set up by Carolyn Spring in 2009-2010. Carolyn developed dissociative identity disorder as a result of extreme childhood abuse and is passionate about helping people to recover from trauma.
The very original focus of PODS was to support partners of dissociative survivors (the original meaning of the acronym PODS) but we soon realised that we were being contacted by far more survivors and professionals than by partners or supporters. We therefore changed our name to Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors in 2011 to reflect our principal focus.
We formed a charity START (Survivors Trauma and Abuse Recovery Trust) in 2011, which became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2015. This delivers the support side of all we do and is supported mainly by Friends of PODS and donations. It is also significantly supported by PODS Trauma Training Ltd, which raises income to support the work through delivering training and publishing resources.
The only paid member of staff of PODS is:
- Elisabeth Allan, who as client services manager, runs the helpline and support service. Elisabeth works on Tuesdays only.
WHAT WE DO
Our website contains a wealth of information and articles about trauma and dissociation. We actively promote knowledge about dissociative disorders within the NHS and elsewhere by sending out our Information Leaflet for Professionals and other materials.
For survivors we run a helpline and support service, and offer free screening assessments.