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Who Am I?

Who Am I? was developed by Safe Ground in partnership with Ormiston Families’ Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) Service, for work with probation service users in the community and in custody. Safe Ground have been involved in the training of our family support workers to facilitate the programmes and will play an ongoing role in quality assurance of the programme.

Main objectives

  • To explore attitudes and values
  • To develop self-awareness
  • To reflect upon family / social networks
  • To recognise how behaviour can affect the lives of close family and friends

Who Am I? is an arts based, group work intervention, using creative exercises to support service users to try new things, speak up, take risks and perform. Referral to the programme usually made within the broader context of referral for ‘family support intervention’. In addition, the participants are likely to present needs in relation to: relationships, contact with children, or parenting.

The programme is carefully structured and clearly focused around individual, personal and inter-personal skills development, enabling and encouraging participants to increase their awareness of their own behaviours, attitudes and values. The number of participants ranges from four to twelve, taking place over five, two hour sessions, which can be completed over several weeks or intensively over consecutive days. This is sandwiched between two one-to-one family support worker sessions: initial assessment and goals planning session.

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