Workshops and training

Freedom Programme (Buryonly)

The Freedom Programme is a free course of 2 hour sessions that run once a week for 9 weeks.  It is for anyone who wants to learn more about the reality of domestic violence and domestic abuse.  It is run as a group session, with around eight people taking part in each programme.

It aims to:

  • Help you understand the beliefs held by abusive people
  • Help you recognise which of those beliefs you may have come to share
  • Understand the tactics that abusers use to control and dominate
  • Understand the effects of domestic abuse on children
  • Help you to recognise potential unhealthy relationships and signs of abusive behaviour in the future
  • Help you re-gain your self-esteem and confidence, and improve the quality of your life
  • Introduce you to sources of information and help in your community such as Women’s Aid, Citizens Advice, Police Domestic Violence Unit, etc.

The Freedom Programme is a national programme that was developed by people with lots of experience of working with victims of domestic abuse.  WHAG staff and volunteers are trained and accredited to deliver the course, and to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere during the sessions.

For more information about the Freedom Programme and to find out about our next sessions, please contact us.

Recovery Toolkit (Rochdale only)

The Recovery Toolkit is a free course of 2 hour sessions that run once a  week for 12 weeks. It aims to help people recover from the mental and psychological damage caused by being in an abusive relationship. It is run as a group session with around eight people taking part in each programme.

To take part in the programme you must have left the abuse and be living in a safe place.  Before you are offered a place on the course we will ask you to complete a questionnaire with us to check that the course is

The course was developed because people who have been in abusive relationships often say that the hardest part of recovery is to deal with the distress and trauma caused by the abuse.  This distress can affect things like your opinion of yourself, how you react to others, your drug and alcohol use , your relationships with your children and your mental health.

The course aims to:

  • Help you recognise your own strengths and resources
  • Help you recognise your coping skills and how you have used these to help you and your family survive the abusive relationship
  • Help you develop new skills such as setting boundaries in your relationships with people
  • Help you set goals for your future
  • Help you build up your self-esteem and confidence
  • Help you find ways of looking after your mental health and wellbeing
  • Help you recognise the tactics that abusive people use to dominate and control others
  • Help you to recognise potential unhealthy relationships and signs of abusive behaviour in the future

The course uses positive techniques drawn from counselling and mental health work such as positive self-talk and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).  You will be asked to practise these between sessions and record your progress in a journal.

WHAG staff and volunteers are trained and accredited to deliver the sessions, and to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere during the sessions.

For more information about the Freedom Programme and to find out about our next sessions, please contact us.

Gateway (CWAC only)

Gateway is a free course of two hour sessions that run once a week for seven weeks.  It is for anyone who wants to learn more about the reality of domestic violence and domestic abuse.  It is run as a group session, with around eight people taking part in each programme.

It aims to:

  • Help you understand the beliefs held by abusive people
  • Help you recognise which of those beliefs you may have come to share
  • Understand the tactics that abusers use to control and dominate
  • Understand the effects of domestic abuse on children
  • Help you to recognise potential unhealthy relationships and signs of abusive behaviour in the future
  • Help you re-gain your self-esteem and confidence, and improve the quality of your life
  • Introduce you to sources of information and help in your community such as Women’s Aid, Citizens Advice, Police Domestic Violence Unit, etc.

Gateway was developed by Tools4Change CIC who have trained and accredited WHAG staff to deliver the course, and to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere during the sessions.

For more information about Gateway and to find out about our next sessions, please contact us.

Healthy relationships

WHAG has set up a community interest company called Up to provide training and accreditation about developing and sustaining healthy relationships.

At present we have two training programmes:

  • A course of 6 classroom-based sessions for year 9 students (aged 13 and 14)
  • A course of three half-day sessions on developing healthy emotional, psychological and intimate relationships for adults.

For more information see UP’s website.

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