Project information

'Healthy Relationship' Workshops

The Women's Centre has seen a big increase in women aged under 25 & over 55 who have suffered from Domestic Abuse. We want to go in & run workshops to teach what a healthy relationship should look like, whether it's with a partner or a family member, to schools & 50 plus groups to raise awareness.

April 2017 - March 2018

Charity information: Watford Women's Centre Plus

Watford Women's Centre Plus
  • Need

    Need

    Watford Women's Centre Plus has over 25 years of experience of supporting women who have been Domestic Abuse. We are seeing a rise in young women under 25 & women over 55, coming to us who have suffered Domestic Abuse of some kind and we want to extend this pilot project will give young people the chance to never get in Domestic Abuse relationship and help those over aged over 50 who might be in such a relationship, to get out of it.

    Solution

    We are trying to stop young people people getting into a toxic relationship where they would be effected by Domestic Abuse in some way. We are also trying to help them realise that if they are already in a situation where they are suffering domestic abuse that they know the signs of what what is unhealthy & give them the tools of getting help & support. With these workshops we are also targeting the potential perpetrators of abuse by realising what they are doing is wrong & not acceptable.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make sure all attendees know what a Healthy Relationship looks like.

    Activities

    » A quiz 'Is this Relationship Abusive' where we ask participants to answer 'yes, no or maybe' to a series of questions.

    We will achieve this by a asking everyone to fill out a before and after sheet to gauge their understanding of the subject using a 1-10 scale.


    Aim 2

    To make sure participants have a clear understanding of what isn't acceptable in a relationship

    Activities

    » Role play - 5 scenarios we give them in groups of what they would do if they were in them e.g. A new boyfriend asks you to send some pictures to him

    We will achieve this by a asking everyone to fill out a before and after sheet to gauge their understanding of the subject using a 1-10 scale & setting a mini target each.


    Aim 3

    To give the participants a list of their support networks they have in their lives

    Activities

    » We work out with the, using a chart, who is their to support them in each part of their lives - school, youth clubs, family & online.

    We will achieve this by a asking everyone to fill out a before and after sheet to gauge their understanding of the subject using a 1-10 scale & setting a mini target.


  • Impact

    Impact

    This project will help to reverse the patterns that young people and older people full into by getting into a abusive relationship. This workshops will give them the opportunity to explore and challenge their views on a healthy relationship. It isn't a comfortable subject to tackle and address but we need to help the participants to understand it is never their fault if they are a victim of a abuse and whatever age they are, it is never too late to leave and start again.

    Risk

    There is a risk staff might leave during the year but we are a skilled team so we would use material that would be demonstrated at a team meeting so another member could carry this on. There is a risk we could trigger an emotional situation if something sensitive for someone is touched by something from in a talk. Our staff would fully brief teachers/organisers of what we are talking about so they have safety measures in place. Our staff are also fully trained to support.

    Reporting

    Our donors would receive a quarterly report on the work that had been completed, forthcoming workshops and any changes we may have to make to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,500 Healthy Reationship Workshops Holding workshops for schools and older people groups e.g. WI/Age concern
      £600 Staff travel Expenses
      £800 Resources Paper work needed, photocopying
      £1,900 Management costs I.T, buildings and management
  • Background

    Location

    South West Hertfordshire has a huge cultural demographic and is made up of huge urbanisation and rural villages. Watford Women's Centre Plus has been in the heart of the commuter town of Watford for 27 years. We are looking to run the workshops in the whole of the surrounding area, not just Watford it's self. Watford is very accessible by tube, mainline trains and the M1 and M25 adn has lots of schools and a big college.

    Beneficiaries

    Local school children, youth groups, college students, local faith groups and social community groups will all be given the opportunity to participate of these workshops. We will also work with local housing association providers to target their older clientele.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Watford Women's Centre Plus has been a place women have felt safe to come to if they have experienced domestic abuse for nearly 30 years and well respected by other professionals. The centre has gone through many changes in it's time & now has a variety of grant funded projects to support men and women in the area. We are a top provider of adult education & a centre for local volunteering, we offer job support and counselling. But the core work is still to support victims of domestic abuse.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Angie Green

    Outreach Worker

    Alison Thomas

    Domestic Abuse Services Coordinator