We work with both men and women to raise awareness of unhealthy behaviours.
Our Striving for Change programme is a service for those who want to improve their relationships with a partner or ex-partner.
The aim of the programme is to help individuals acknowledge their own unhealthy or abusive behaviours and increase their motivation to change this behaviour. The programme includes up to six one-to-one sessions for the individual and up to six one-to-one separate sessions for the individual's partner. Striving for Change is open to both men and women who may be concerned about their behaviour and will allow people to explore their behaviour in a safe and non-judgemental way.
Some things we look at on the programme include:
- Risk Assessment
- Safety Planning
- Exercises which help explore behaviours
- Strategies to explore and manage unhealthy behaviours with yourself, partners, ex-partners and any children
- Sign-posting to a range of appropriate support
Following the completion of the Striving for Change programme, we aim to ensure that those exhibiting abusive behaviours are prepared for longer-term behaviour change work. As such, when making a referral, please note that we will expect a referral to be made to either Bridging to Change for male participants or the Women's Behaviour Change Programme for female participants. This ensures that abusive behaviours are addressed and we continue working to end domestic abusive and prioritise the safety of those affected.
As part of the programme, we also offer integrated children and young people's support, which includes Counselling and Youth Groups. You can read more about that service here.
We currently run these programmes in Manchester and Stockport. For this programme, we can only accept agency referrals from the local council in the areas we work. We are not able to accept self-referrals. For a self-referral for behaviour change work, please see Bridging to Change for men, or Women's Behaviour Change Programme for women.
To be eligible for this programme, those referred should:
- Have some acknowledgement of abusive or unhealthy behaviour
- Accept some responsibility for this behaviour and have a motivation to change
- Not have any ongoing criminal court proceedings. Clients cannot be accepted onto the programme until the outcome of the proceeding has been decided
- Not have significant substance misuse issues or serious mental health problems which may impair their ability to participate. These issues may need to be addressed prior to their participation.
If you are part of the Stockport Prevention Alliance, please refer through The Prevention Alliance Hub.
At the point of referral, the client will be contact for an assessment by a dedicated assessment and referral worker. As part of the process, the client's partner or ex-partner will be contacted and offered support.