Turning the Spotlight

Relationships are a necessary part of healthy living, but there is no such thing as a perfect relationship. Relationships, from acquaintances to romances, have the potential to enrich our lives and add to our enjoyment of life. However, these same relationships can cause discomfort, and sometimes even cause harm Hall Health Centre, University of Washington

Are you in a relationship that is causing discomfort or harm?

  • Worried about your behaviour?
  • Are you worried about your partner’s behaviour?
  • Struggling to communicate?
  • Arguments getting out of control?
  • Do you feel that your relationship may not be healthy?

Turning the Spotlight (TTS) is a service offered by Victim Support in Cumbria. We support people who are having problems with their relationships leading to arguments, an unhealthy relationship or abuse. We are a free, confidential and non-judgemental service.  We work with couples and individuals with or without children. You can refer yourself or another agency may refer you.

Feedback from Turning the Spotlight participants:

At first I was anxious and uncomfortable but by week three I started opening up and learning. I can honestly say I have enjoyed the course and found it very useful in every day life’

‘I tend to debate more with people rather than getting aggressive and letting things get out of hand. I’ve learnt to allow the other person time to speak and explain how they feel and not getting angry just because I don’t agree’

‘The course was extremely beneficial. It has had a massive impact on my life especially at home and in my relationship’.

What happens after a referral?

A member of the team will contact you and discuss the situation and challenges that you are facing. Each client will be given their own caseworker who will provide one-to-one support and help you to access our programmes. The caseworker will carry out an assessment to decide if our service is right for you.

What will I gain by working with Turning the Spotlight?

  • Improved communication skills.
  • Calmer home life.
  • Better understanding of your own feelings and how they impact on your behaviour.
  • Techniques to help you stop minor disagreements escalating.
  • Empathy – looking at situations from another perspective.
  • Self-awareness.
  • Personal development.

Relationships are a necessary part of healthy living, but there is no such thing as a perfect relationship. Relationships, from acquaintances to romances, have the potential to enrich our lives and add to our enjoyment of life. However, these same relationships can cause discomfort, and sometimes even cause harm Hall Health Centre, University of Washington

Our group work sessions include:-

  • A twelve session voluntary Healthy Relationships Course aimed at individuals who are causing harm, The programme will encourage people to share their own behaviours, preventing negative ones’ resurfacing. It will
    allow clients engaging with the programme to have adequate space to choose alternate behaviours working as a
    group and/or individually in 1-1 support sessions.
  • ‘I Matter’ – a seven session course for those in an abusive relationship. Running alongside the Healthy Relationship programme it supports the individual to understand the direction of change for their partner so they can work
    together to bring about positive changes in their relationship. The programme will encourage people to share their
    own behaviours, thoughts and feelings. It will allow clients engaging with the programme to have adequate space
    to consider their relationships both when working as a group and/or individually in 1-1 support sessions.
  • Four-session parenting programme – for parents who have successfully completed the Healthy Relationship and I Matter courses and want to explore how conflict impacts on children and how to avoid it in the future to build a harmonious family life.

Get in touch

If you’d like further information, please contact 07919393311/03003030157 or email turningthespotlight@victimsupport.org.uk

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about our services, please call 07919 393 311.

Turning the Spotlight

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