** Notice Regarding Referrals- February 2019 *
The MyChange programme is in high demand which is currently outstripping capacity in all services involved. This is leading to pressure on staff involved with running the programme and discontent for waiting clients.
To manage this situation, MyChange referrals are now frozen until further notice to allow time to clear the waiting lists and confirm future plans for the programme.
Once capacity is available to take on new referrals and we have a plan for The MyChange project moving forward, a further communication will be published on the Somerset Survivors website: http://www.somersetsurvivors.org.uk/mychange/.
Please note that some clients will be being contacted to invite them for courses but these will be due to them already being on the waiting list.
MyChange is split into two courses – Becoming Respectful & Overcoming Abuse. Both courses are 12 weeks long and are voluntary. They will be run by getset staff & One Teams across South Somerset, Mendip, Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane, & West Somerset.
Becoming Respectful is for ‘Low Level’ Abusers who have identified themselves or it has been identified to them that their relationship is unhealthy and they need support and guidance to understand their behaviour and its effects on their partner & children. The course will give them skills with understanding situations and ways to help them react in a different way to avoid negative consequences. The course is for people who are in an abusive relationship currently or who have been in an abusive relationship in the past and wish to address their behaviour.
Overcoming Abuse is for ‘Low Level’ Victims who feel they need support in moving forward from an unhealthy and abusive relationship. The course is designed to help increase their understanding of abuse and the effects it has on them and their children. It also helps to give them an understanding of the different types of abuse and to spot early signs of abuse to stop it from happening again or escalating in a current relationship. The course is also to help support the victims if their partner/ex-partner is attending the Becoming Respectful course to ensure they have an understanding of the content and to maintain their safety.
The referrals will be assessed by SIDAS to determine the right level of intervention for the victim or perpetrator who will then be contacted by either getset or SIDAS and invited to attend a course.
You can visit Somerset Survivors for more information.