Pathway run regular groups which are focused on different aspects of our work and which give survivors an opportunity to meet each other, offer mutual support, and find ways to move on from their experiences and build new lives.

Self-help group – This is a 7 week course which helps survivors to recognise how the abuse has worked in their relationship, why it took so long to recognise what was happening, and how they can stay safe. It also helps them to work on safety planning and being able to spot potential signs of abuse in future relationships. The group is run on a regular basis at the Hope Centre and information about future groups can be obtained by ringing the helpline number or contacting talktoeve by e-mail.

Life Coaching – This is also a 7 week group, and is focused on making plans for the future, setting goals and beginning to think positively. It is very easy to become focused on the abuse, and the difficulties of life, and the lifecoaching group can help to re-focus thinking and helps participants to become more optimistic about the future. Details can be obtained about future groups as with the self help group.

Empowerment – The Empowerment group runs for 13 weeks and is aimed at helping people to develop new skills in things like budgeting, cooking, writing CVs, finding re-housing and many other aspects of daily living. The group also meets at the Hope Centre and details are available by calling the helpline.

Social Sisters – Social Sisters started in mid September 2013. We meet at the Hope Centre on Friday mornings between 10.30 and 12.30 during term time to chat over a cup of coffee and biscuits. From time to time we arrange to spend the time doing other things such as craft work, nail art and pamper mornings.

If you are in Lichfield on a Friday morning and would like a chat and a free cuppa, do come along and join us.

It can be daunting to go into a group of women you don’t know. We recognise this and if you want to come and talk to us first we can arrange you for you to meet the course leaders in advance, and you will quickly get to know everyone. We have a lot of fun in the groups, and even where the content is very serious, we have a coffee break in the middle and there will be opportunities to talk to other women, who actually you already have a great deal in common with. You can come and talk as much as you want, or as little as you want. Listening is equally important and you can talk when you feel ready. No-one will put any pressure on you. We hope to see you at a group soon.

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