The Freedom programme for Women

What is the Freedom Programme and who is
it for?

The Bradford Early Help Freedom Programme is for any woman with children, who has experienced or is affected by domestic abuse, including same sex relationships.

The course is also for women with children who just want to learn more about abusive and controlling relationships as well as healthy relationships, whether personal or professional.

The Freedom Programme runs for 2 hours each week for 12 weeks.

The Freedom programme provides a safe and supportive environment.  You do not have to speak about your experiences if you don’t want to and you can do the course at your own pace.

 

The aims of the Freedom programme are to:

  • Help women to identify abusive behaviours and beliefs held by abusive and controlling partners.
  • Help women to gain confidence and improve the quality of their lives.
  • Explore how domestic abuse affects children.
  • Make new friends and meet other people in the same situation.
  • Help women to recognise both abusive and healthy behaviours in future relationships.

 

Where is the Freedom Programme Held?

The Bradford Early Help Freedom Programme is for women with children and is available in several locations across the Bradford district – see overleaf.

Prior to attending, women should contact the person named on this leaflet to find out the exact location of the programme.

 

How Do I Book?

Choose the best location and then contact the named person overleaf to request a place and find out the exact location of the group.

 

Shipley, BD18
Starting:     January 2018
Times:        Tuesday 10 am – 12
Contact:     Carol Thackray
Email:         carol.thackray@bradford.gov.uk

Bradford central, BD1
Starting:      January 2018
Times:         Tuesday 12 – 2pm
Contact:      Amy Barker
Email:          amy.barker@bradford.gov.uk

Bradford, BD4/6
Starting:      March 2018
Times:         TBC
Contact:      Elaine Woodley
Email:          elaine.woodley@bradford.gov.uk

Keighley, BD21 – where there is also substance use involved

Starting:      March 2018
Times:         TBC
Contact:      Ella Isherwood
Email:          Ella.isherwood@bradford.gov.uk

 

Bradford, BD10

Starting:       8th January 2018
Times:         Monday 1pm – 3pm
Contact:      Ella Isherwood
Email:          Ella.isherwood@bradford.gov.uk

 

Keighley, BD21
Starting:      January 2018
Times:         Tuesday 1pm – 3pm
Contact:      Chris Holmes
Email:          chris.holmes@bradford.gov.uk

Keighley, BD22
Starting:       January 18th 2018
Times:          Thursday 10am – 11:30
Contact:       susanlynn.brown@bdct.nhs.uk
07904 650712

‘Your child and live streaming’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your child’s online safety education this term

 

This term your child’s class will be studying a unit of work based on using new online technology safely, developing skills in resilience, self-esteem and positive attention seeking behaviour.  It has been produced by the National Crime Agency’s child protection education programme Thinkuknow.

 

About Live Streaming

 

In particular the Thinkuknow educational activities introduce scenario’s and reflection about ‘Live Streaming’. Live streaming is the broadcasting of real-time, live video to an audience over the internet.  All you need to be abl e to live stream is an internet enabled device, like a smart phone or tablet with a camera, and an app that has a ‘Live’ function, such as Instagram Live or Musica.ly.

 

#Live Skills

To help support children to enjoy live streaming safely, if they are currently doing it, or for those that may be introduced to it when they start secondary school, these educational activities focus on building children’s skills to know who to trust online and how to get affirmation in positive ways at home and school. These skills are important for navigating both the online and offline world.

 

How you can get involved

 

  • Schedule planned attention: One on one time, doing something together that is largely child-directed.
  • Give personal and positive feedback to child: focus on praising good behaviours more than focussing attention on minor bad behaviours. Specific praise to be emphasised and inclusion of emotions: i.e. ‘You are being such as kind sister sharing the toys with your brother. You are playing with him so gently. I’m sure he feels very happy to be playing with you!’ Practicing this daily can demonstrates to a child what they are specifically doing well so that they know what behaviour to show again.
  • Try and see the learning in mistakes
  • Be involved in your child’s internet use: The best learning and the safest children are those who are able to share what they have been doing online with their parents.
  • Be good to yourself: When children see us being critical of ourselves and our appearance or abilities that becomes normative for them to focus on the things they are doing wrong. It can help to notice when we are doing this and try and focus on the positives of our own lives and actions.
  • Encouraging choice and consent from an early age: Children are socialised to do as they are told- especially when adults ask. Unfortunately adults can exploit this when chatting to children online. Giving a child a choice from an early age develops their autonomy and good decision making skills. For example not forcing a child to hug a relative etc. Give them the option to be polite in another way.

Goodbye and good luck

Today we bid a fond farewell to our Curriculum Coordinator, Claire Neal.

Claire Began working for Skills for Work in 2006 as a tutor and has risen to her current role. Claire is moving onto pastures new in Australia to start a new adventure with her family.

Claire will be missed by the team and we wish her and her family all the best in this amazing adventure.

Poverty Progression is Poor – Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

Tcvc word images 2he Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission says the development gap between rich and poor five-year-olds must halve for a more equal society.

Pre school pupils from poor backgrounds  are still lagging behind by the time they take GCSEs,  with those pupils half as likely to get five good GCSEs as their wealthier peers,  according to the commission. This means that those pupils have less chance of going to good universities.

Commission chairman Alan Milburn, calls for more stretching objectives for the early years and a new national definition of school readiness.

“Current signs of progress do not go nearly far or fast enough to address the gulf between the divided Britain of the present and the One Nation Britain we aspire to become.” states Mr Milburn. The commission also calls for a rethink of teacher pay and the funding of teacher training.

The commission also states  “At the very bottom of society there are more than one million children living a life of persistent poverty.

“They are excluded from sharing in the many opportunities that life in modern Britain affords.”

The government has said however it is waging an ‘all out war against poverty’ citing the new minimum wage , the pupil premium and extra cash pumped into schools,  to help pupils from poor backgrounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colour and Light – out of sight!

Family Learning Festival 2015The 2015 Bradford Family Learning Festival has the theme of Colour and Light.

The festival is taking place across the autumn half term break, and promises loads of activities for families across the Bradford District  The Festival is run with our partners at the National Media Museum,   the National Trust and Forster’s Bistro along with the Impressions Gallery and Bradford Council’s library service.

During the 23rd of October  to the 31st October, Bradford libraries along with Bradford’s museums, will be hosting various colourful events readings and craft activities. East Riddlesden Hall will be encouraging visitors to make coloured lanterns in time for Halloween and at Cliffe Castle, create your very own stained  glass to take home! Get your picture taken in a variety of colourful costumes at the Impressions Gallery in Centenary Square. Come to the science events at Forsters Bistro and check out the Media Museum where creative events will be running, throughout the week! There is something for everybody!

Contact your local Bradford library in the first instance, or click the picture above for more information.

See you there!

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Horton Community Farm!

HCF 2Horton Community Farm, supported by Family Learning, is celebrating its 3rd birthday on Saturday November 14th 2015, by running a drop in volunteer session for families. Come along and join the fun!

There will be activities including playing games, getting creative with natural materials and helping with farm jobs.

Everyone is welcome and no booking is necessary. Activities are aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 11. Horton Community Farm can be found in Great Horton at Cecil Avenue, BD7 3BW.

See you there!