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Friday, 21 February 2014

Ofsted report on Merseyside Freedom Programme

Ofsted awarded this programme 'Outstanding'!

Recent feedback
'The Freedom program is still going strong in our area  and we have had tremendous success from women who have been through the program and moved on to volunteering or for some into paid work or training. Recently we had an Ofsted inspection and this is what they had to say about the Freedom program and the women they spoke to:

'Work with victims of domestic abuse is exceptional. Participants in the ‘Freedom’ programme are supported and nurtured by highly skilled staff. Past participants of the programme are free to re-visit whenever they feel they need to and this is made all the more possible because it is a rolling programme with a set day and time. Women have made such significant progress that they have been empowered to speak to audiences of student social workers at a university and they have given feedback to police about how their treatment by the police affected them when they were at their most vulnerable.'

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Freedom in Greenwich

Do you work with women who have experienced domestic violence or abuse
The Freedom Programme is a FREE and respected 12 week course to help women build their knowledge and confidence to see a life free from domestic violence and abuse.
Sessions are 2 hours a week from February 26 and include free crèche & refreshments
Where: Waterways Children’s Centre, Southwood Road, Thamesmead, SE28 8EZ
When: 12.30 - 2.30pm every Wednesday from February 26 2014
Women can sign up to the Freedom Programme and find out more by calling the Housing for Women referral and information line on 020 8317 8273 or by emailing
Places are limited to 12 participants – with plans to offer further courses throughout the year
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Saturday, 8 February 2014

Feedback from Wolverhampton training

Hi Pat,

Thank you for three wonderful days of training, I can't quite put into words how powerful the message of The Freedom Programme has been for me.  It is already making a difference to the way I do my job and I feel I have a duty to educate others.  The Freedom Programme crosses the boundaries of social prejudice and allows individuals to realise that they don't need to let their starting point determine where they finish.

Thank you for giving me the skills and inspiring me to believe I can make a difference to others. I am really looking forward to running my first course at the end of February.

I feel honoured to have met someone like you, you have really made a positive impression on me and I know it will stay with me forever. Thank you Pat for being you Xx

Paulette Chattwood
(Family Support Worker The Berries Children's Centre)