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Next Steps - Women in Focus celebration

Last month we held an end of course celebration at Turning Point Scotland for seven women who recently completed our Next Steps – Women in Focus course. Many had been engaged with Turning Point’s ‘218’ project prior to taking part.

Friends and family who attended the celebration event heard how the ladies had “pushed boundaries and stepped right out of their comfort zone” to overcome personal challenges.

One of our participants told us at the event, “the course turned my life round completely, it made me find out about myself. I used to be an alcoholic and completely house-bound, I’d stay in the house all day. Now I’m out and about every day, to the shops… I even take my neighbour’s kids to school.”

Our Next Steps programme supports women who are trapped in a cycle of offending and dealing with multiple, complex issues including alcohol and substance misuse. Women in Focus is delivered within the programme, in partnership with Theatre Nemo, and supports participants to document their personal development journey through photos.

Combined with the programme’s wilderness-based Cognative Behavioural Therapy (CBT) activities and community-based support, the photography element provides an additional way for participants to keep a ‘visual diary’, to identify and reflect on important issues in their lives, and support the process of identifying areas to change.

Those at the event watched presentations put together by the women to document their personal development journeys, and Venture Trust outreach workers Gilbert and Lynne from our Glasgow hub presented women with certificates to recognise their achievements.

A recent article in the Scotsman describes our work supporting women caught up in offending. Further information about Next Steps can be found here. Many thanks to the Big Lottery Fund Scotland for their support of this programme.

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