Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, this project aims to support women aged 16 and above who’ve experienced complex trauma, usually domestic abuse, and are at risk of having a child removed into care as a result.
There are two groups running as part of the Breathe Free, as well as volunteering opportunities:
An 8 week closed group (term time only) that focuses on supporting women to develop a toolkit to feel safe. Sessions include:
Grounding techniques, including breathing & mindfulness
The importance of sleep & nutrition
Coping with difficult feelings & emotions
Identifying support networks & building relationships with professionals
This group will support women to reduce symptoms of trauma, feel more stable, manage difficult situations and engage with services and professionals. Women can choose to continue with WHM by attending the Healthy Relationship Understanding Domestic Abuse 14-week course.
Domestic Abuse Awareness Group
A 14 week rolling course (term time only), that will include sessions focusing on:
Coping with strong emotions, self-compassion & core beliefs
Why women stay in abusive relationships & what makes it hard to leave
Impact of domestic abuse on women and children
Boundaries & assertiveness
Early warning signs
Identifying support networks and building relationships with professionals
The course will also have sessions that are focused on self-care, creativity and linking into social activities. We offer signposting, advice and referrals for additional support when needed.
Bus fares and creche facilities provided if necessary, to increase accessibility to the groups.
Volunteering opportunities and co-production is key in the Breathe Free project with a range of exciting opportunities for women who have completed the courses. They will help shape the project, develop resources, co-deliver aspects of the project.