Clare Walker Consultancy is pleased to announce the ongoing delivery of Pat Craven’s Freedom Programme Women’s Support Group in Leicester.

Its Here!

Between 2003 – 2011 Clare, in her previous role, set up, delivered and led the 1st Freedom Programme women’s support group in Leicester and now due to popular demand, it’s time to put that back into the mix – under the banner of Clare Walker Consultancy. The running of this group is funded by The Freedom Programme Charitable Trust & Clare Walker Consultancy. Due to many calls time and again, from women wishing to attend or professionals being unable to locate a group for their clients to attend.

We already know the powerful impact that Pat Craven’s Freedom Programme can have on a victim’s life, in changing people from victims to survivors. We also already know that a victim won’t apply the Freedom Programme to their own past or present unless it is the right time on that person’s life journey to do so. The impact of not having availability to victims for when that right time arrives, can be damming. This can leave victims vulnerable to further abuse or new abuses from a new abusive partner; ultimately they could even end up being the subject of a homicide review or having had children removed.

There are some agencies who are still able to deliver Freedom Programme in Leicester, to their service users, but if you’re not with an agency, or you need agency support but you don’t meet the criteria, location or a multitude of other barriers to accessing a Freedom Programme – then CWC’s Freedom Programme Support group is exactly what you need. The agencies locally that are still be able to offer a programme as well as a service, is great. But sometimes, for victims, the time frames just don’t always match.

So, Clare Walker Consultancy is delighted to now be able to offer FREE attendance to the Freedom Programme Women’s Support Group to any woman over the age of 16, who can get herself there, from wherever in the world that she lives. There is no referral as such, if a woman identifies she’s needs to attend, then she is welcome to. All she has to do is give Clare a call. The venue is city centre based in Leicester and on contacting Clare you will be informed of where that will be.

Not sure this is for you? Then why not give us a call for an informal unobtrusive chat and come along anyway, get an education on healthy relationships, early warning signs of a potentially unhealthy relationship – or just come to indulge in the refreshments for couple of hours a week?


Any woman can call the contact numbers on Pat Craven’s website to be told who to contact in there area where there is a Freedom Programme running. There won’t be any intrusive questions of experiences, referral forms or risk assessments to complete before a woman is ‘permitted’ to attend.

All women are actively welcomed to the Freedom Programme. We never give advice or tell a women that she should leave. If it were that easy, she would have already left. Judgemental statements such as ‘I would never let anyone do that to me’ or ‘this has never happened to me’ is simply not acceptable.

Facilitators refer to all women as ‘us’ and would never use the dreaded words ‘these women’.

These programmes are only for the women who attend them, observers are not endorsed.

Every women will be given a copy of Living With The Dominator and the supplement The Freedom Programme Home Study Workbook on arrival to their first session. This is to enhance learning. Clearly she will know if it is safe to take the books home or to leave them with the facilitator.

The programme is for 11 weeks, each session is 2 hours long with a comfort break somewhere in the middle. It is a rolling programme; except during school holidays. This is so women can miss a session and do it later, when they are ready and able too. Some women take years to attend a full programme.

If you require any further information see the Support Group leaflet or Contact Clare Walker Consultancy on:

Office: 0116 2701935
Mob: 07910 371045
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