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Recovery Hub will help survivors of domestic abuse rebuild their lives
At Glow, we’re here to help everyone change their story and rewrite a future free from abuse.
This September, thanks to funding from the National Lottery, we’re launching our brand-new Recovery Hub for people who have faced and overcome domestic abuse.
Our Recovery Hub will be a safe space for survivors to rebuild their lives following an abusive relationship. One of the ways that they’ll achieve this is through group support group programmes, including our Freedom and Recognise and Reconnect programmes.
Our 12-week Freedom programme helps participants recognise and understand the dynamics of abuse. Sessions teach them all about the tactics used to control others and gives them the tools they need to rebuild their lives. The programme is available to women who are currently experiencing, or have recently left, an abusive relationship.
Recognise and Reconnect is our 10-week parenting programme. Being a parent comes with lots of challenges, but when you’ve experienced domestic abuse, it’s even harder. The programme helps parents discover their own unique way of parenting. Its aim is to help them develop the skills they need to move on with their children.
From January, the Recovery Hub will also be delivering the Recovery Toolkit. This 12-week programme is based on the professional and lived experience of domestic abuse specialist Sue Penna. The sessions support people on their journey following an abusive relationship, helping them to recognise that they weren’t to blame and can start a brand-new chapter.
As well as delivering programmes, staff at the Recovery Hub will also arrange social events and fun activity sessions to help survivors meet new people, develop positive relationships and improve their mental health and wellbeing.
The Recovery Hub team are also keen to hear from volunteers, including those with lived experience. There are opportunities across the service, from co-facilitating group programmes with staff to answering phone calls and emails from customers.
Staff are particularly keen to incorporate the strengths and hobbies of volunteers to the service, too. This might include someone with a skill, such as crocheting or teaching yoga, that they could share with survivors at the Recovery Hub.
Domestic Abuse Outreach Service Team Leader Becky Fedoroff will oversee the Recovery Hub with her brand-new team.
Becky said: “We’re so excited to launch the Recovery Hub. It’s a safe space for people who are rebuilding their lives following an abusive relationship and our specialist staff are there to walk alongside them, every step of the way.
“Our mission is to end domestic abuse, but to do this we have to break the cycle. That’s why we’re working with survivors to give them the tools they need to recognise abusive behaviour and unhealthy relationships.
“It’s a chance for them to learn the signs of abuse so they can confidently start a brand-new chapter and live a life free from abuse, where they feel in control of their own decisions and choices. It’s all about helping them to increase their self-esteem and build the confidence to find new friendships and reduce the isolation that they may have developed while experiencing abuse.”
Becky is also keen to hear from anyone wanting to give back as a volunteer.
She explained: “Volunteers are such a valued part of Glow. They play a huge part in shaping the future growth of our service, so we’re really pleased to have opportunities for them across the Recovery Hub. Their support is vital in making sure our services meet our customer’s needs.
“There are so many opportunities, so if you’d like to get involved, please get in touch. No matter your skillset, you can help us make a huge difference.”
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