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Feedback for the 21st-23rd July training

Trainers were very engaging clear and concise. Course delivered with care compassion and courtesy to the trainees.

Training content was excellent very informative lots of content and more.

The trainers were really engaging and created a friendly and confident environment, even over Zoom! I found that I could participate in the sessions and felt that my feedback was appreciated.

Chris and Nina were very knowledgeable and skilled. There life experiences and examples anonymised of scenarios bought the subject matter to life. The blend of both personalities worked perfectly. They used humour appropriately and different methods to engage the participants in difficult subject matter. The role play in person was outstanding and bought the subject matter to life.

The training was very useful, aside from the plan to facilitate the course at our Turning Point hub. I’m already thinking about how I can use the session content in some of my one-to-one sessions with vulnerable clients. Despite the obviously emotive content, the course was uplifting and positive and will really help develop the service we provide in the community. Thanks again Chris and Nina.

The training was very relevant. As a refuge worker that has participated in the Freedom Programme previously, I feel I have learnt a lot and am now confident to talk more in the sessions and answer any questions individuals may have. I feel I understand the programme more in depth than I previously did. I particularly thought the ‘Persuader’ was relevant to my job role as it applies to many of the survivors I support and is a subject they find hard to understand.

The trainers were great and gave good clear examples which were relevant and thought provoking. Trainers were very knowledgeable and supportive.

Very useful and easy to follow, everything flowed seamlessly, and it was delivered by two excellent trainers, I will be recommending this training to my line manager, and others that will be joining Gorwel in future, thank you very much

I found the content very useful; the material was not overbearing and it was precise. I look forward to completing the one to one and the men’s programme.

I loved the way the training included the format of each session, online sessions and in person sessions. The Freedom Programme website was also covered which was relevant so it can be utilised via the delivery.

The training was very relevant to my post as I work within the Safe Guarding Children’s team. I can utilise this course to be able to engage with the young people I work with using resources advised It has also made me more aware of my own personal situation

Both the trainers were really engaging. They made sure to include everyone and split the day up with breaks to ensure engagement was maintained throughout

The training content was very useful in helping me to prepare to run my first freedom programme group.

The trainers were very engaging and were very sensitive to the experiences of all participants. Nina and Christine did not make anyone feel pressured to participate.

As I work in safeguarding children within the child protection setting the training is very relevant to my role.

I found the training very engaging. The trainers spoke about examples which was easy to understand and were able to answer any questions. They also included everyone when asking for examples and explaining if anyone was not sure of anything.

The content was very useful as it included information I was not aware of before. Some aspects of ‘Impacts of the Children’ were quite intense but very useful. As a worker that does not work directly with children, I feel I can empathise and understand with women attending the Freedom Programme.

The training is very useful as I can now use it when working with families. I thought that adopting the role of the perpetrator and victim really helped to understand the different perspectives of those affected by domestic abuse.

The trainers were great, I am one of those people who would find myself dozing off in the middle of a training but there was no chance of it with Christine and Nina. These ladies were full of life and made the course very interesting.

The trainers were very thoughtful and friendly. Engaged well with each person and did not push the participant to speak out if they did not want too. Both Chris and Nina made the course relaxing and comfortable as well as enjoyable

The trainers were brilliant, and delivered the training in an interesting and knowledgeable form, they made me feel at ease, and were so encouraging when I was nervous about contributing to some of the answers, thank you

Very relevant to the work I am involved in. It will help as I manage a team to and work with victims and share the resources provided.

All of the content was relevant. I enjoyed the role play as it does help you think deeper and be more aware of the content being taught

The scope of the training was excellent. Perhaps an awful lot to process in three days consecutively. It enlightened me to so much more and refreshed my knowledge.

I certainly feel that as a service along with another person I could consider facilitating a group now. The continued access to advise via email if we have questions or hurdles with the first run certainly feels supportive and reassuring

Both trainers were very engaging, not an easy task facilitating training online. They worked well together and the flow and pace were great.

All content was relevant to be able to run a program, it was great to have tips and practical advice of how to run a group.

Feedback from previous sessions


Hi Pat, I wanted to email you to let you know that I think the Freedom Programme that you developed is fabulous.

I attended the training last week and think the way that the programme helps parents to talk about their experiences by talking from the perspectives of others is brilliant.

I'd heard of the Freedom Programme before and heard parents saying how it had helped them, but I didn't understand how it was delivered. I can now see how it will really help them to move forward in accepting, acknowledging and recognising what is happening to them and make changes for the better.


Hi Chris. Thank you so much for the last three days, I've enjoyed this more than any training I have ever done before- even though it was over zoom and not in person, I thought our group dynamic was excellent and everyone was comfortable enough to be very open and honest- I will actually miss all of them too, it is amazing how well you can get on with people through a screen in three days and I think this is massively down to you and Nina and how you empowered us to have a go, particularly during the role play and talking in role.

Some of the content is really tough- the impact on children in particular today but it was so necessary and has really fired me up, more so than I am already about helping the families we work with.

Dear Christine, I just wanted to thank you and the other facilitators for the best course ever!

From the booking onto the course, receiving documents, getting onto zoom, your management of the zoom calls to the information presented it was all outstanding. The sharing experiences, whilst difficult to hear helped to understand the magnitude the impact of abuse has on families. I was grateful for their bravery.

I can honestly say I really enjoyed everything about the course and left feeling emotionally exhausted but inspired to offer support to those that need it in our area. I have had supervision this morning with one of my team, who also attended the training and she is very keen to attend more training as part of her professional development, but more importantly to be able to offer support for our families in an area where it is pretty non-existent. Thank you again

Thank you so much, I couldn't even begin to describe what this programme has done for me in the past as a survivor, helping me find myself again and now as a professional. I hope to be able to support women and children to make positive changes in their lives too.

Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to you all for the Freedom Programme training last week. The training not only helped in building my own knowledge and confidence but instantly assisted me in my line of work; supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged women with multiple and complex needs.

I would like to thank you all so much for delivering the course. I found it really powerful and emotive but fun at the same time and I was able to see how effective the freedom course will be. The online materials were a great asset and easy to follow moving forward as a facilitator.

I began delivering the course yesterday. I delivered two online courses with a colleague who is also freedom trained and I'm pleased to say both went very well. I am looking forward to delivering the rest of the programme.

I found the training was emotionally draining due to the sensitive topics, I was shattered in the evenings and if the trainers were boring and bland it would have been hard for me to push through each day. The banter, jokes and random swearing kept me going ,I can't tell you some of the visions I had in my head lol.

I'm glad I had those strong physical and mental emotions as its helps me to understand how drained and emotionally tiring it must be for ladies accessing the course and I know I need to step up my game in order to lift them so I hopefully see them again the following week and so on …..

OMG the training was fantastic, we all want to spend a day with Chris , laughing as I am typing this. Will definitely be on the next training.

Thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed the training, a lot more than I thought I would. It was very powerful and inspiring

I loved the realness of the training and the fact we were all encouraged to express ourselves without fear of judgement, it felt like a safe space.

I would like to thank you all for an amazing 3 days of Freedom training. You deliver the program in an awesome way, safe, comfortable and you are all very inspiring.

I just want to write and say Thank you for the simply amazing training programme for the amazing Freedom Programme.

I want to say that I had a lovely time, but that just isn't right.

Much as I thought I was objective and knew so much about this field, I felt so much more empowered and knowledgeable by the end of this course.

I felt human and not only human, but a human worthy of taking up space in this world.

I hope that I will make you proud, and I cannot wait to get on the job (listen out for 'woman does Freedom programme from bus stop' ).

I laughed till my sides ached, I learned a new song, (which I of course went straight to my piano and played), I cried a tear or two, and I learned a lifetime of information, but especially - how to help other women and lift them up to their rightful place in the most amazing way.

I just wanted to say thank you to yourself and all of the trainers the last 3 days have been amazing and I got so much out of it. I look forward to working with you all in the future and once funding allows I'm sure you'll see us on the other courses :-)

Thank you so much Chris. That was without a doubt one of the best pieces of training I've ever done. Really looking forward to completing the Children's course in May.

I just wanted to thank you for this training. It`s been the best, most interesting and mainly powerful training I`ve ever been on and that`s mainly because of the way you and the co-facilitators bring it. It`s such a heavy subject to talk about, let alone be in training for 3 days, but the way you do it makes it an absolute pleasure to be in. I`ve learned so much about how to support women when facilitating the Freedom Programme, but also outside of that.

I wasn't looking forward to Zoom training at first, but you have really nailed it. I think it`s very impressive how you manage to keep 30 people`s attention and interest for 3 days straight, I even felt a little sad when it was over. It`s so empowering to have all these women together in a virtual space, leaning about how we can support other women. And minor detail, but I really liked the 10 minute break every hour. This made it so much easier to keep my head in the training!

Thank you so much for the Freedom Training last week, you made a very difficult, emotive subject very thought provoking but on the other hand fun and very engaging, I really enjoyed it, if that's the right terminology to use.

The use of animations was a good use of resources.

It has also shown a need for the team to have a team day to ensure that we share some of what was learn and some resources purchased.