Programme Structure

  • Length:

    3 days.

  • Duration:

    3 sessions of 5 hours, or 6 sessions of 2 hours.

  • Frequency:

    Delivered on a full-time (3 full consecutive days in-person) or a part-time basis (6 weekly 2 hour sessions online).

  • Group Size:

    4-8 participants.

  • Staff:

    2 x Programme Facilitators

  • Delivery Mode:

    Quality assurance (train the trainer), Co-Delivery and Direct Delivery models are available.

Key Elements

  • Two skilled female facilitators
  • A female-only group
  • Therapeutic group space
  • An accompanying Our Own Stories journal for all participants
  • A presentation to an invited audience at the end of the programme
  • Alumni network available to participants who complete the programme



  • “It felt different to be able to talk to other people and share experiences… I think that women often don’t have any form of outlet, and this group allowed me to say things and come out of my shell.”

    Participant, Minerva

  • “This was the best morning I have spent in prison ever.”

    Participants at HMP Send.

  • “I really appreciated being able to speak to someone who had been through similar experiences to me. It sometimes feels like nobody wants to hear my voice, so it was nice to talk to someone who understands.”

    Participant, Minerva.

  • “I’d never imagined I’d stand up and perform in front of the other women. Thank you for showing me I can.”

    Participant at HMP Styal.

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