Raise Your Helping Hand

As a non-profit, women’s health organisation, we welcome donations to help us continue our work. Donations will be used to support running costs such as insurance, as well as subsidised training for women at risk of postnatal depression and anxiety.
Thank you.

About Us

Our Beliefs

Darkside Rising CIC seeks to challenge the perception of female strength, resilience and power through innovative physical training and mindful arts projects.


What People Say

The Spectrum Project gave me somewhere to belong and something to focus on, with people who understood how I was feeling. I was proud to be a part of it.

Never in my life have I experienced such a positive support group and with something physical you can take from it. I have such incredible women around me and it makes me so proud to have been a part of this.


Ask an Autistic Blog

A Brief Context of Neurodivergence

As a lived experience organisation, we are dedicated to recognising and empowering neurodivergence in our community. Neurodivergence is a broad term that unifies a range of neurotypes that ‘diverge’ from normative social constructs.  These include, among others, autism, dyslexia and ADHD, and often also includes mental health. Part 1 A person’s neurotype guides how theyContinue reading “A Brief Context of Neurodivergence”

Autism: An Introduction

In November 2019, I was invited to give a short talk at Bishop Grosseteste University, to a PGCE cohort, describing my lived experience of autism. As Darkside begins a new project dedicated to autistic women, I thought it might be a good idea to share the transcript of that talk. It combined research and experienceContinue reading “Autism: An Introduction”

Open Letter to the Commissioners

As Project Manager of the Spectrum Project, I was invited to share my experience of gaps in provision for autistic people. This is the letter that I wrote. Dear Commissioners, My name is Shantelle Svarc and I am a founding Partner of Darkside Training LLP, founding Director of Darkside Rising CIC and the Project ManagerContinue reading “Open Letter to the Commissioners”

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