Freedom Programme

handsWe deliver the Freedom Programme every week for women at our Family Centre. It is an 11 week rolling programme for 2 hours so you can join at any time. All sessions are set in a confidential environment and supported by two qualified facilitators. We understand that it is sometimes very traumatic for women to attend their first session and we promise that you will be supported throughout the programme. You will not be asked any personal questions and you do not have to talk or join in if you are not ready to, just sit and listen if that is what you wish to do.

About the Programme

The programme is not just for women who have experienced Domestic Abuse or Violence. It is also about positive relationships and in some parts of the country, it is delivered in schools, colleges and universities to help to improve understanding of acceptable and non-acceptable behaviours in relationships.

We will provide you with a book called ‘Living with the Dominator which was written by Pat Craven and each week, we look at different aspects of control and the tactics used by a dominator.
If you would like to talk to one of our Freedom facilitators in complete confidence, please call us on 01234 316801 or email admin@familygroups.co.uk. There is no charge for attending and we may have a free crèche which you can use for children under the age of 5 years.

We also run a new Programme called Freedom Forever which is designed to help you move on after completing the Freedom Programme. It focuses on positive outcomes, mindfulness and taking ‘time out’ of our busy lives. It is also a good stepping stone for women who have experienced Domestic Abuse or trauma and are ready to move on and rebuild their lives

Feedback from women who have attended the programme:

Warning Signsbecause of attending the programme, I am emotionally stronger and I can recognise the possible signs of a Dominator. This programme has empowered me as an individual and it is only my 4th session!

Freedom has given me the confidence to challenge my partners’ behaviour before it escalates in to something serious. It has helped me to approach some issues more rationally rather than just shout at each other.

I love coming to the Freedom programme. When I cannot attend it is annoying but when I come it makes me feel good after like I have achieved something.

Freedom programme, Wow! What can I say? What an enlightening and empowering experience. I thought that I had never been challenged by DV before attending. I have come away feeling empowered and aware with open eyes and an open mind. Thank you.

Referrals and information for Professionals.

We accept referrals from professionals for female clients who live in Bedford Borough. We also deliver regular half day training for professionals so you can learn about the content of the Freedom Programme and referral process. If you would like more information, please contact us on 01234 316801 or email admin@familygroups.co.uk.

Feedback from Professionals:

‘One of the best training sessions I have ever attended with some shocking revelations about the extent of Domestic Abuse’ – Tutor, Central Bedfordshire Council
‘This is a powerful and effective way to raise awareness and provide support.’ Social Worker, Family Intervention Service, Bedford Borough Council.
‘This session has been very beneficial and will enable Bedfordshire Police to improve the services we provide’ – Detective Inspector, Personal Protection Unit, Bedfordshire Police.