The funding received from Esmée has enabled us to both develop and deliver Breaking the Cycle. This project is based in the Midlands and supports birth-mothers who have lost at least one child to adoption. Breaking the Cycle provides an initial assessment followed by intensive one-to-one and group support, with an optional parenting element.
The project went live in 2014. The two cohorts of 11 women have successfully completed the programme. These women continue to remain engaged in the programme through a drop-in facility that provides ongoing support. The third cohort is currently underway with six women engaged in the group work stage. Eight women are waiting to engage with the fourth cohort.
The women engaged on the programme have complex needs including mental health issues, learning difficulties, poverty, childhood trauma and abuse, domestic violence and isolation and often find themselves on the fringes of society. Many of these women, for various reasons, have not accessed the generic services available to them. The specialist support provided through BTC has offered these women the opportunity to share their life stories in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
The aim is to support women to take back control of their lives and to make positive, sustained life-choices into the future.
All women who have engaged with BTC have been able to raise their self-esteem and confidence, and feel more positive about their ability to make future life-choices. A number of positive friendships have been formed, and the participants are supportive of each other and engage proactively in the drop-in sessions.