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Family Help Peer Support Group


Family Help Darlington CIO has launched a new peer support group for female survivors of domestic abuse.

Led by experienced domestic abuse support workers, and strengthened by survivors, the peer support group brings together up to 20 women and invites them to share their lived experience of domestic abuse to help one another.

The peer support approach is based on the principle that having lived and coped with significant challenges in their own lives, peer group members are uniquely qualified to support others who are struggling, and walk beside them in their journey of recovery.

Peer support is based on sharing ideas, offering hope and inspiration informed by life experiences and working with others to make a plan for a happier, healthier life.

Sessions are informal and members are encouraged to take things at their own pace, sharing as much or as little as they feel comfortable with.  Getting creative, and having something to occupy your hands, is proven to be beneficial in peer support settings, sessions can include arts and craft activities such as painting, card-making, knitting and macramé.

Peer support groups are free to attend and take place every first Monday of the month at Eastbourne Park Community Hub from 1pm – 2.30pm.

To find out more, please call us on 01325 364486 or send us a message via the contact page.