At Families First we offer a variety of services to support families in crisis, our area of expertise is supporting victims of domestic abuse.
Please take a look at the ways in which we can help you.
Supporting those in abusive Relationships
This service is offered to anyone who is or has been in an abusive relationship. Our organisation has had over 20 years experience of working with families and has an excellent reputation for offering safe, non judgmental support.
Services we offer
- One to One support – either over the phone or face to face
- Accompaniment – supporting individuals to attend court, solicitors appointments, CAF & other agencies meetings
- Group Work – working around such issues as Assertiveness, Handling Conflict
The Drop In
Our doors are always open for when you want to reach out.
We also host a morning for individuals to drop in and join us for a chat, a cup of tea or coffee and share thoughts, experiences with like minded people. We meet in term time, and provide an area for toddlers but not really older children. Your role would be to
- Meet & Greet
- Make Tea and Coffee
- Help to get the discussions going
- Helping group members to decide on how the group progresses.
We really want this group to develop and take off on its own course and to be able to feed users from our other services through to it.
The First Love Programme
During our years of listening to thousands of women, often a disturbing pattern emerges around the relationship these women may have with their children.
The First Love Programme is an opportunity for women in a group setting to share their concerns and their feelings about their children’s behaviour and their thought processes and to also examine the beliefs system of both mother and child.
In many of the stories we have heard from Mum, it would appear that Trust is a major factor for the child : Who can I trust, Who am I supposed to Trust, Can I trust myself and Shame is a major factor for the mother, shame that “I did not make the relationship with Dad work”, shame that “I am a single mother”, shame that “I can’t heal the most important people in my life”.
The First Love Programme hopes to enable the women to challenge these thoughts and belief systems in a safe way by :
Looking at boundaries
Communication Belief Systems and Values
Roles of the Parent.
Roles of the Child
And more ……….
The Freedom Programme was developed to help survivors of Domestic Violence to reflect back on their relationship and recognise the differing types of abuse that was used against them.
It does this through defining the abuser in terms of different personality’s e.g. The King of the Castle. The women can then discuss their own experiences and responses and also learn some skills for recognising early signs of abuse for the future.
Helping to break the cycle of abuse.
The Angel Programme
We run this service for those experiencing Domestic Violence along with another organisation called SecInt. Our role is to provide support via
- Telephone Helpline
- On line Live Chat sessions
- Undertaking Risk Surveys and Safety Planning with individuals
The services aims to help individuals recognise areas of potential risk within their daily lives and environment and to help them develop skills to reduce risk in a positive and safe way.
You could help to deliver sessions, undertake risk surveys and safety planning or monitor the ‘chat’ and work on the Helpline.