The Key has been shortlisted for awards!

We’re so proud to announce that our young women’s healthy relationships project ‘The Key’ has been shortlisted for the Children and Young People Now Awards 2019! We’ve been shortlisted in THREE categories – the PSHE Education Award, the Early Intervention Award and the Safeguarding Award.

The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and works with girls and young women aged 13-25 from across Leeds who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, abusive relationships.  We offer group work programmes – one for girls, one for young women and a third for those moving on from the initial group programmes.  These focus on managing difficult emotions, improving confidence, identifying abuse in relationships and staying safe.  We can do some intensive individual support with group members where needed too, this might be around things like managing mental health or risk, accessing other support, confidence building, attending meetings and looking at what a healthy relationship is.

We also deliver group work programmes in schools looking at healthy relationships and staying safe, plus one-off ‘bitesize’ sessions on healthy relationships. It’s a fantastic project and we’re so proud of it.  Wish us luck at the awards!

 

Feel Good is in full flow!

Our Feel Good Course for women with learning disabilities is back in full swing. The course focuses on healthy bodies and healthy relationships, which actually covers a huge amount of topics.  Women are able to go at their own pace and repeat sections of the course as necessary before moving on to a follow-on group where they can continue to build their friendships and look in more detail at subjects covered on the course.

We always get such lovely women on the course, so, inevitably, women make new friends. We often have a bit of a giggle, but still get to talk about some really important stuff.

What women have said about the course:

“I really like coz everyone was nice”

“It’s helped me be more safe”.

“I made new friends. Don’t want it to end.”

““I really enjoyed the course had fun and laugh. I really enjoyed it”

 “I can help other women feel safer”

“I loved this course, I really enjoyed it”

We also deliver sessions to parents, carers and anyone supporting women with learning disabilities to help people feel more confident to engage in conversations about sex and relationships in an appropriate way. We know that people often feel embarrassed to talk about these things and so the subject often just gets swept under the carpet.  This sometimes means that women with learning disabilities get most of their information about relationships from what they see in the media.  This can be misleading and leave women more vulnerable.

The Feel Good Course runs on Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm at the Old Fire Station in Gipton. Contact Danielle Martin on 0113 244 3729 or email:danielle.martin@peopleinaction.org.uk

The Key Girls Group is taking referrals!

We currently have spaces available for our city-wide healthy relationships group for 13-16 year old girls.

The Key girls group is for young women aged 13-16 from Leeds. It’s for those who have been in an abusive relationship themselves, have grown up around one, or who have something going on that might mean they may enter an unhealthy relationship in the future for example low mood, low confidence or difficult family relationships.

The group meets weekly on a Thursday evening in the city centre during term time, we provide taxis to get to group and home again. It’s a 26 week programme with sessions covering topics such as staying safe, building self-esteem, healthy family relationships, the impact of abuse on children, identifying relationship abuse, CSE, self-harm and managing difficult emotions like stress and anger.  The group is really friendly and there’s no pressure to share anything they don’t want to.

When group members have completed the initial programme, there is the opportunity to go on to our Moving On Group if support is still needed.  Young women can contact us themselves or be referred by a professional.

For more information, a leaflet or to download a referral form, please see our website – https://www.womenshealthmatters.org.uk/what-we-do/the-key/.

*Please note that we also have a Key young women’s group for those aged 16-25, but this group is currently full.*

The Key Girl’s Group do some positive reflection

Last week, our youngest group – The Key girl’s group – came to the end of the programme.  For some group members, this meant their final session when they move on to other things (other groups, individual support or no longer needing any support).  As The Key is a rolling programme (meaning that people can start at any point and finish after completing a set number of sessions), the rest of the group are staying with us.  It was a time for everyone to think about how far they’ve come while they’ve been with us, whether for 5 sessions or 15, and to think about all of the coping mechanisms they’ve learnt.

They really wanted to share their journey with others, so here are the photos of some of their fabulous flowers.

The first flower showswhere they were before they came to The Key, where they used words like ‘alone’ and ‘depressed’.

The middle one shows where they are now, ‘more control & stable’, ‘Happy’ and ‘not overdosing or cutting’.

The third flowers shows where they want to be in the future including thinking about what careers and family lives they may want (click on the photos to read them).

 

 

 

Throughout the programme, we’ve talked about being kind to ourselves, especially when the world around us doesn’t feel so kind. We can receive so many negative messages about ourselves from partners, family, the media and society in general that it’s so important to take time to love ourselves.  Again, the girls thought about all of the sessions they’ve done with us, including those on abusive relationships, healthy family and friendships, self-harm, self-esteem and managing difficult emotions and came up with these ‘gratitude mirrors’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mirrors are there for when we are feeling down or rubbish about ourselves, as reminders of how amazing we are.  The girls came up with amazing positive messages including things like ‘I am capable of so much’, ‘You always do just fine’, ‘Everyone believes in you’ and ‘Never forget who you are’.

For some of us, it’s taken a really long time to be able to believe these things about ourselves so it’s especially powerful when a group of us believe them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you or someone you know would like to join The Key Girls Group we currently have spaces, it’s for girls 13+, we meet weekly in the city centre after school/ college and we provide transport. Get in touch with us on 2762851 or email sarah@womenshealthmatters.org.uk