If you have booked a ticket for our conference on Wednesday 12th October don't forget that the venue has changed to The Charmandean Centre, Forest Road, Worthing.
Rue and Kieron's Isle of Wight Tandem Cycle Challenge
Two friends Rue and Kieron are taking up the challenge of cycling on a tandem bicycle round the Isle of Wight in 1 day. The two friends are going to don their lycra and cycle 65 miles which includes some very steep hills. Kieron admits to not having cycled since he was a child so this is really going to be a challenge.
Rue says "As a social worker I come into contact with workers from women's refuge's around the country and have seen the valuable work they do and have seen the positive impact their services have on the lives of women and children who seek their support. Myself and Kieron are only too happy to do something to support their work and help raise funds".
To sponsor Rue and Kieron simply visit their virgin money giving page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=RueandKierontandemcycle&isTeam=true
How we can help
Are you or someone you know experiencing Domestic Abuse?
We have a range of services in West Sussex to help:
Our Refuge accommodation provides a safe place of support for women, experienced staff provide both practical and emotional support to help you rebuild a life free from abuse. Women with children are also welcomed into the refuge and our Child Support Workers provide one to one play led support to each child. To find out more call our Helpline on 01903 231939
Work in the Community
The Freedom Programme is a 12 week rolling programme for any woman who wants to understand the reality of domestic abuse and learn about the tactics used within an abusive relationship. This is done by focusing on different personas of the Dominator (abusive person) and comparing their behaviour to that of the Friend (non-abusive person). The aim of the Freedom Programme is to help women gain self confidence to improve the quality of their lives and live free from abuse.
The Freedom Programme is free to attend and is delivered in various locations in West Sussex to find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01903 231069
The Recovery Toolkit runs for 12 weeks and is suitable for women who have already attended the Freedom Programme and are no longer in an abusive relationship. Women who have experienced and lived with domestic abuse frequently tell support agencies that the hardest part of recovery is to deal with the psychological distress caused by such abuse. The aim of this group is to help women equip themselves to move on with their lives further build self esteem, introducing them to positive coping strategies. For more information email email@example.com or call 01903 231069
Meaningful Relationships is based on the Freedom Programme and is designed to be delivered to young people between the ages of 13 to 19. It is for young people who have or are experiencing domestic abuse during their lives. The aims of the group are to give young people knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse, its cause, why it happens and its effects. It enables young people to recognise abusive tatics and behaviours so they can protect themselves from potentially abusive people. There is a referral process for this group please contact us for more details.
CRUSH is an educational programme for any young person whether or not they have experienced domestic abuse personally. CRUSH is delivered into secondary schools and sessions are adapted to school requirements. It is designed to compliment the subject matter around healthy relationships and gender bullying/stereotyping. It links well to PSHE curriculums within schools. It is suitable for both male and females and explores gender mix relationships. Sessions cover what beliefs abusive people hole, where those beliefs come from, beliefs we may share. It boosts self esteem and looks at individuals own rights and responsibilities to themselves and others.
The GREAT Project
The GREAT Project is a fun, interactive and educational healthy relationship and domestic abuse awareness programme for year five and six pupils. It is designed to compliment key stage 2 Personal, Social and Emotional Curriculum, covering topics such as healthy relationships, defining domestic abuse, reasons and excuses and respecting each other. The GREAT Project aims to raise awareness about domestic abuse, improve access to support services. Educate to change attitudes to prevent future domestic abuse incidents. The programme is completely age appropriate.
to find out more about our programmes please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01903 231069
We are pleased to announce that we are in the process of starting a new project which will enable us to help more local women. We plan to open a new style of refuge that will enable women to receive support at an earlier stage before the abuse has escalated to a critical level. This new refuge will mean that local women won't necessarily have to move out of their local area, uprooting their children from school and leaving support networks.
We will keep you updated with our progress in due course.