Entering somewhere new can be daunting for many of us, whether that’s a job interview, a party or college, but imagine taking the first steps into the unknown when you have spent years having your personal belief systems undermined and eroded away by constant criticism, belittling and psychological abuse. That’s what it’s like when reaching out after living through domestic abuse.
To be greeted with a wall of letters written by women who have previously walked in your shoes can make that journey a little bit easier. Letters of hope, healing and opportunity. Words that speak to you, reach out to you and offer you a ray of light. You could never imagine that you too will be writing a letter to the next woman reminding them of your journey, but you will.
Over the last year over 100 letters have been produced by women who have attended programmes at the Birmingham Freedom Project which include Freedom Programme, Recovery Toolkit Programme, and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Recovery Toolkit. With funding from the Heart of England Community Foundation, programme co-ordinator Jacky Mulveen is compiling the letters into a film with a line up of inspirational, influential women to be the face and voice of each inspirational letter composer. Filming will continue throughout the year so if you can use your influence to reach other women and would like to follow in the footsteps of our first inspirational letter reader Amy Watson by joining her in the film then please get in touch.
Here are some sneak snippets of the letters:
Dear Friend, Well done for taking the first steps of walking through the door. Don’t be scared, feeling nervous and anxious is normal but once you get here you will quickly see that you are in a safe environment with women who you can identify with….. don’t ever feel that what you have been through is your fault.
Dear Friend, Believe in yourself. When you doubt, believe a little more, when faced with an obstacle, believe a little more. Just believe.
Dear Friend, The groups have opened my heart and my mind. Taken me to a place where I never thought I’d be.
Dear Friend, Remember you are worth it, you are good enough and you are going to make it.
If you are interested in attending one of these free programmes or would like to find out more, call Jacky on: 07868 163 103