We have run several groups in the past, including an art workshop, a creative writing & poetry group and an Empowerment and Healing project, and hope to be able to run these groups again in future. The women who have taken part in our groups have told us how rewarding it was to meet other women who were able to understand their experiences and become lifelong friends. They have said that it helped them feel less alone and even made it easier to let go of negative coping strategies.
We are running a new group at the moment called Outside the Box, which is a personal development and sex and relationships education (SRE) programme for young people at higher risk of sexual exploitation. It consists of 8 group sessions, 75 minutes long, for a group of up to eight 11-18 year olds.
Outside the Box was designed to help young people:
- Reduce risky behaviour
- Identify and manage safe boundaries in relationships, by increasing their level of awareness of what constitutes a respectful/abusive relationship and confidence to negotiate safe boundaries within relationships
- Increase understanding of their rights within sexual relationships
- Improve their awareness and ability to identify individuals and organisations they can approach for help locally
If you have any questions about these or any future groups, please contact us for more information.
The group size varies depending on which group is running, but they are usually between 6-12 other women and girls who have been through similar experiences to you.
You don’t need to tell anyone anything about your experiences if you don’t want to – it will always be your choice what to say and who you say it to.
You may find it surprisingly helpful and rewarding to be a part of a group, even if it does sound a little bit intimidating at first. The other women in the group can become part of your ongoing support network and previous groups have described making lifelong friends with the other group members.
It is especially helpful to hear how other women have approached different problems in their lives, as it can provide different perspectives. It might feel like you’re the only one struggling and it can be a relief to realise that you’re not alone in how you feel.
If you do want to have one-to-one support, you can refer yourself to our counselling service.
Anyone who defines as a woman will be offered the use of any support groups we may run. In line with CRCC’s current policy on women-only space, anyone who does not identify as a woman will not be offered group support at CRCC, however, every effort will be made to identify appropriate support groups for trans* men and non-binary trans* people.