Freedom Programme Support Group Leicester

Clare Walker introduced the 1st Freedom Programme women’s support group to Leicester in 2003 and is delighted to say this has continued almost continuously since. The running of this group is funded by the community fund at The National Lottery: Awards4All. 


It is with great sadness that the Leicester Support Group has had to close temporarily. For some of you, missing our weekly ‘touchbase’ sessions can feel like losing grip on things. Domestic abuse by definition and in so many ways, isolates us. In a bid to not let this virus add to that isolation caused by socially isolating, our wonderful volunteers are more than happy to make themselves available for a chat. If this is you, and you are already registered with us either now or later, give Clare a call and we can sort that out for you.  0116 2701935 

See Blog: COVID-19 – What’s Changed for CWC?

Clare Walker introduced the 1st Freedom Programme women’s support group to Leicester in 2003 and is delighted to say this has continued almost continuously since. The running of this group is funded by the community fund at The National Lottery: Awards4All. 

Clare Walker Consultancy is delighted to 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.

We only take self referrals, if you identify a need to attend, then you are more than welcome to join us. Just 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?

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.

Don’t leave it too long. If you are working with or know of someone you feel is in this situation and they aren’t in immediate danger, please give them our number, so we can invite them to come along.

FREEDOM PROGRAMME MISSION STATEMENT: Any woman can call the contact numbers on Pat Craven’s website to be told who to contact in their 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, support for victims and the resources page

Or Contact Clare Walker Consultancy on:

Office: 0116 2701935
Mob: 07910 371045
Follow me on twitter: @clarewalker3