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Trauma Informed Programme

What does it involve?

The New Beginnings programme lasts for 24 weeks. Each week parents attend an online session which has been designed to help them recognise who they are, understand why they parent in the way that they do and develop new skills which can help them progress and move forwards. The first half of the programme explores the subjects of family, identity, attachment, trauma, triggers, coping strategies, safety, trust, shame, blame, relationships and parenthood. The second half of the programme explores communication skills, interactional dynamics, transactional analysis and parenting strategies. The group work sessions provide a safe and confidential space for parents to meet other parents who are in similar situations so that they can explore their stories together. Group work is facilitated by qualified and experienced team members who are supported by peer mentors (parents who have been through the programme who want to support others).

Faith Development Programs

1:1 Key work sessions and counselling

Each parent is allocated a key worker when they start. The key worker is their first point of contact and will support the parent to complete the workbook that accompanies the programme. The key worker will also support the parent with any other issues they may find challenging.

Parents are also given the opportunity to access 1:1 counselling which provides a space for reflection on individual everyday life challenges and experiences. 

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Peer mentor support

When parents complete the programme, they are offered the opportunity to do the peer mentoring training. Once they become peer mentors they are invited to work for New Beginnings facilitating groups for new parents to the project. They can also provide 1:1 support to parents who might benefit from advice and support from those who know what they are going through. 

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Representation for parents

We have learned that parents often find it difficult to navigate the child protection system because, quite simply, it can be very confusing. Therefore, when parents join New Beginnings our Programme Co-ordinator, who is an experienced social worker, is on hand to attend professional meetings with them so that they can feel supported, get their point across, better understand what is being said, and have other professionals hear the progress they are making on New Beginnings. 

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Video Interactive Guidance

Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) is used with parents who are struggling to connect with or parent their children. It is a strengths based approach that we use with families who would benefit from having an opportunity to reflect on interactions with their children, seeing what already works and helping them to make the changes that they want to make.

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Drop In Centre

Every week we have a drop in day at the New Beginnings centre where parents (and their children) can meet other parents and peer mentors face to face. The centre is a safe place which provides families with good food; good conversation; support; advice; fun and laughter. There are also activities such as: arts and crafts; boxing; yoga and meditation. 

Outdoor Family Day