Develop self-esteem and awareness through the key concepts of feminism

Feminism for Change is an 8 week course for women in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse that develops self-esteem and self-awareness through exploring the key concepts of feminism. The course provides a safe space for participants to learn about the ways in which gender stereotypes, roles and expectations have influenced their own behaviour, their inter-personal relationships and their relationship with self and substances. Participants also examine how these issues may affect their ongoing recovery.

The course is a combination of history, theory and experiential learning enabling participants to understand their substance misuse from a wider perspective of gender inequality and away from individual shame and self- blame. As with all our courses, the further aim is to help people develop emotional resilience for better and more equal family relationships and enable them to be more active and able to support other women in their family lives and communities.

The package comprises 8 week course with one full training day each week and full handouts for each session

Big Lottery Awards for All funded two intakes of Feminism for Change to run from April-June 2017 and August-October. We have been successful in sourcing funding to enable this unique course to continue. We are looking to begin our next intake in June 2018.

The course aims to be as inclusive as possible. Referral is generally via a professional service, although we will consider self-referral. It is open to all women who are accessing or who have accessed treatment for drug and alcohol issues across London.

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