A Challenging Journey with a Happy Ending

In early 2012;  following two decades of chaotic behaviour, dysfunctional relationships, social isolation, a failed career and two older children in long term foster care, I began to consider the option of  specialist residential treatment for myself and my third baby who was then four months old.

Trevi seemed to offer me the opportunity to deal with my addiction and all its associated life problems in a safe environment where I could remain with my beloved child.

The admission process was thorough and friendly and staff were more than happy to talk to me on the phone regularly to update me on the date for my admission. 

Whilst at Trevi, I was able to concentrate on dealing with the issues that had led to my past behaviours whilst staff supported my parenting.

I was treated as an individual and was always involved in planning care for my child and myself.

Staff supported me to gradually reduce and then stop my prescribed antidepressants and facilitated mediation sessions for me to discuss arrangements for my child with my son’s father.

They also attended social services meetings in my hometown with me in order to support me in speaking up for myself.

All my years of substance abuse had eroded my ability to participate in social activities.  Being at Trevi helped me in terms of beginning to integrate socially and staff were able to role model appropriate positive behaviour for me to emulate.

I was assisted to plan for my future and to problem solve rather than adopt my old defeatist attitudes.

Unfortunately, as I was reaching the end of my treatment, I lapsed whilst on a home visit.  Consequently, my placement was terminated and my baby made the subject of an interim care order and placed in foster care.

The day I left Trevi without my child was one of the hardest of my life, but the staff there did not stop supporting me. 

Despite being discharged, I had daily phone contact with staff who encouraged me to access local support groups and to continue to strive for my child and myself.  They also facilitated alcohol testing for me at Trevi whilst I was in the community and offered valuable pep talks when my situation seemed hopeless

My keyworker from Trevi continued providing me with therapeutic support at regular intervals and wrote progress statements to the family court as well as preparing to give evidence at the final hearing.

I believe as a staff team they went beyond their responsibilities to me and continued that support even when it looked as if I would never be reunited with my child.

Happily, I was eventually reunited with my baby and Trevi have continued to provide therapeutic support to me and to care for my child in their onsite nursery during my sessions.

I am now contentedly living drug and alcohol free in the community, working part time and enjoying being able to be fully present while my son grows up.

It is my strongly held belief that were it not for the support of Trevi, I would not have my child with me now and be able to function in society today.

 

 

 

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Through the eyes of a ex-resident

“I moved out of home at 16 and began using crack. I was soon shoplifting daily to pay for it and sleeping with dealers to fund it.

I had 4 babies in 4 years. I was making bad choices of friends and boyfriends; I suffered domestic violence for a few years and then moved away from the area.

I lost my children in May 2011.

I was devastated and I felt I had to use more and drink more to keep it out of my head. I was now pregnant with baby number 5.

It got to Christmas 2011, and I had a massive binge for a few days. I woke up on Boxing Day and I sat silent for days scared that I had killed my baby. I took myself to hospital and told them I had not felt the baby move. They took me for a scan and thanks be to God my baby boy was active and well.

I decided from that moment right there that crack and alcohol had taken enough from me. I decided I was going to fight hard and keep my baby and get my children back. 

I found Trevi and spoke to my drug worker who arranged a visit. I felt like I was at home in Trevi, and me and my boy went there 4 months later.

It was not easy, but after a lot of hard work and staying focused on what I was doing there and looking at my baby, I stayed strong and got through it.  

Since leaving, I have got my eldest son back from my mum.  I have done driving lessons and passed. I have had a job doing care work and I’m hoping to get my other kids back soon”.

 

‘Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort’

 “Monday nights are our craft nights here at Trevi House. The girls look forward to the evening. At present we are planning and designing cross stitch pictures for the girls to take with them when they move out and some of the girls are wanting to sew some pictures to be put up around the project. A couple of our girls are also knitting – something that some of them have not done for a very long time! The girls enjoy these evenings as it brings them together as a whole. They help and encourage one another. Thanks to the power of social media we have received  donated craft items from generous people around the country, without these donations our Monday night craft night couldn’t go ahead – THANK YOU for your generosity.”

 

The Thrive Approach

In nursery the term “the Thrive Approach” was something we had been hearing a lot from the different professionals that support us. When we looked more into what the Thrive Approach was all about we found that it complimented perfectly the attachment focused work we had started at Trevi House.

“Thrive is a dynamic, developmental approach to working with children and young people that helps adults to interpret their behaviour and address their emotional needs”

When I found out that I was one of two members of staff chosen to train in the Thrive Approach I was really excited as I knew that it would bring so many benefits to the work we do with the children in nursery. As the time drew closer to start the course in September 2014 the feelings of anticipation and excitement were growing and I was really keen to get started although there was also a hint of apprehension as I wasn’t completely sure what to expect!

The nervous feelings quickly settled when I arrived and was introduced to the course leader Sally and all the professionals from different settings across Devon and Cornwall, everyone was very welcoming and they were just as keen to learn all about Thrive as we were.  The great thing about going to the training days were that I was able to learn a lot from the different settings we were able to share ideas with each other and seeing how other settings were implementing Thrive was very inspiring. After each training day, we left excited to tell our colleagues all about what we had learnt and the ideas we had about how the Thrive Approach would fit with the work we do with the women and children.

During the training days we learnt about a variety of topics from children’s brain development, therapeutic stories and children’s emotional needs at different developmental stages. We were also taught how to create individual action plans for the children. These action plans are specific to each child, they allow us to set a target and provide strategies and activities that will support the child to reach the target. We are able to review the action plans regularly in order to ensure that the targets are achievable.

To become a licensed Thrive practitioner we had to complete 8 full days of training (and a nerve wracking final presentation on the last day!) over 6 months. For me the biggest part of Thrive that has influenced how I work is the idea that we should allow children to feel what they feel and how we shouldn’t distract them from these feelings….which at first was sometimes easier said than done and took a bit of practice! Instead of distracting the children from their feelings, Thrive has taught us a different technique that involves validating, attuning, containing and regulating the emotions that the children in our care can display.

It has been great to see how our colleagues at Trevi House, especially the nursery team, have embraced the Thrive Approach and it has definitely changed the way we work for the better!

 

25/01

Music Makers at Trevi!

I come in every Thursday afternoon to the stay and play session to do singing and dancing with the children and mums. We have lots of fun with the pom poms, instruments, puppets, streamers, scarves, bean bags, parachute and bubbles! I always love coming in to do the sessions, it’s always great to see the children laughing and dancing with their mums. Music and dance is a positive way to boost early numeracy, literacy and language skills as well as builds confidence, social skills and coordination and balance.

When I come in to Trevi I am always greeted with lots of smiles and friendly residents and staff. Trevi offers a non judgemental, empathic, calm and structured environment for the families. As well as it being great to see the positive and supportive relationships between the staff residents and children, every time I come to the nursery there’s always some new adventures and activities the children have been doing that week on the wall, photos of fun days out, artwork, games and sticker charts.

Thank you for having Music Makers come along to your group, it’s an absolute pleasure coming in to see everyone.

See you on Thursday!

Rebecca, Music Makers.

 

  25/11

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What’s Trevi like for a College Placement Student?

Through my college course, I have been given the opportunity to carry out my placement at Trevi House. As I was going into something new, I was nervous. Staff and residents are very welcoming and are willing to answer any questions I have.

This placement has been great in contributing to my college work, as the work they do at Trevi can be related back to my studies in many ways. For instance, the fact Trevi work with mothers and children relates to the psychology unit in my studies- this relates through looking at the attachment in which the mother and child has. This placement has also developed my understanding within drug and alcohol addiction, as within this placement I am able to have hands on experience of it.

I have been able to contribute to meal time observations, supervising outings with residents, preparing rooms for new residents and taking part in staff meetings. This is just some of the activities I have been able to contribute to. Throughout my learning at Trevi so far I have learnt a great deal in what Trevi do and how they transform many lives. Trevi House is a great place in which to carry out a placement, the staff members have catered to my educational needs and are always there to help. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 21/05

365 days of being Grateful

Today is day 41 of 365 days of gratitude at Trevi House.  We would like to say a huge thanks to the wonderful team of support workers here at Trevi House. The tireless efforts of the out of hours team can be contributed the success of the women we work alongside at Trevi House.

Weekend staff, night staff and bank workers can be likened to the cement that holds Trevi House together. There is no price that can be paid for the support that is available in the early hours of the morning when one’s body is screaming out in pain and a detox is underway. Weekends can be a lonely place when you are miles and miles away from your loved one and parenting alone, bank holidays can feel painstakingly long. Yet the difference out team support workers make to the women and children who live at Trevi House is immense.  It makes a difference, they make a difference.

Thank you to our wonderful TSW Coordinator Keri who works tirelessly to cover shifts, lead her team and make every woman at Trevi House feel important, that they matter.

Thank you to Dawn who celebrates every occasion with each family here and plans everything to the greatest detail. Saturday nights would not be the same without her pamper sessions!

Thank you to Sue often called Nanny Sue, whose motherly instincts enable each woman and child to be nurtured whilst at Trevi House.

Thank you to Jemma who brings fun and laughter and Nachos to Thursday evenings. 

Thank you to Juliet who supports our mums to walk in the shoes of their children and build positive lasting relationships. 

Thank you to Gina whose warm soft nature allows women and children experience the wonderful quality of trust.

Thank you to Paula who builds warm relationships with all the women due to her approachable and friendly nature.

Thank you to Lynne who helps each woman feel safe, feel contained, who is able to balance nurture and structure. 

Thank you to Nikki our Freedom fighter who helps each woman finds their true path.

Thank you to Hilary for her constant consideration and thoughts for each family at Trevi House.

Thank you to Teresa, who works endless waking nights, keeping a loving watchful eye on our babies.

Thank you to Jo for her ability to be adaptable, her endless stream of knowledge and the kindness she shares with both staff and residents.      

27/04

365 Days

When you work at Trevi House, Thank You is something you find yourself saying a great deal. We are frequently touched by the generosity of the general public who have us in mind when looking for somewhere to donate their unwanted children’s clothes / toys. The act of saying Thank You comes easily.

The trickier part is managing to express depth of gratitude. Somehow a card doesn’t feel enough, and sometimes to the words are so difficult to find in response to the kindness shown to us.

We have begun to talk about other ways of demonstrating our thanks; we are looking at getting plaques made, or perhaps of having an outside space to paint the names of all those out there who have given us time, money and care.

Whilst we continue these discussions, I would like to use this space for three Thank You’s

1.    Stilettos Conference – http://stilettosconference.com/

At this years Stilettos Conference, Christian women were invited to ‘bring a gift’ with them, a toiletry of some sort. Last week, Trevi House was overwhelmed when 50 kilograms of shower gel, make up, shampoo, cleansers, bath foams and much more arrived on our doorstep. We now have the means to offer a gift in our Self Esteem group every week. We now have the means to give women amazing birthday treats. We now have the means for every woman here at Trevi to feel special and pampered. Thank you

2. Nuffield Gym

Easter, like Christmas, can be a difficult time to be in rehab. It was made a little easier for Trevi House residents this year with an amazing bundle of Easter eggs! The women and the children were stunned at the sight of two enormous sacks full of chocolate. We were also given some free Gym passes. So not only were the residents given the opportunity to indulge a little, they were also given the opportunity to gym, swim and sauna. Thank you

3.    Marjons University – http://www.marjon.ac.uk/ 

This Sunday saw the 3rd Trevi House Fun Run. Organised by three Marjon Students Matt, Charlotte and Melissa, this event involved a Zumba warm up, followed by a 5k run around Saltram House. It’s been inspiring seeing them work so hard on this event and we were delighted to see over 70 people attend to support it. All money raised will go towards improving our outside space. It will help make a greener area; it will help make a more peaceful area. Thank you. 

15/04

365 days of thank you

It’s day six of 365 days of being thankful today. I won’t lie and say it hasn’t been a little uncomfortable, it has! However, waking up in the morning and thinking about what I should be thankful for and who to be grateful for can only be a good thing.

I started my thankfulness on Friday with my best friend. We have been close for over ten years, we have lived together, been neighbours, we both had our children just months apart and have shared in so many experiences together. She is the kind of friend where I can walk into her house, make myself a sandwich and have a nap on her sofa and be completely accepted! So I thanked her for that…I nervously waited for a reply text….and eventually one came through and she told me she had been a little tearful and thanked me for being an equally good friend.

The following day I received an email from a woman who I used to go to a sewing club with. She emailed me to ask how I had been and general chit chat. However, at the end of the message she said how she felt that I was an inspiration for returning to university and studying while having a child and that she thought that I was amazing. This, of course, made me feel good, but the thing that made the comment even more poignant is that this woman has a young child with severe autism and lives every day managing her needs. I thanked her for her message and made sure that she knew that I thought she was equally amazing and an inspiration herself.

Lastly, I emailed a colleague at Trevi. This colleague made me feel really welcome when coming into the service and has been really friendly over the last few weeks. It is always daunting coming to a new work place, learning everything and trying to fit in and this person really helped me feel more at ease.

 So only 359 days to go! My plan next week is to finally build up the confidence to tell someone face to face and to think about who could really use a ‘thank you’ right now

  

10/04

365 days of thank you  

From today Trevi House will be blogging on the subject of  of being thankful. We will do this for 365 days.

Today is day one.

I am saying thank you to Brain Doyle. I do not know you but I am saying thank you for the inspiration you have given me.

Recently I stumbled across your Ted Talk whilst walking to work. I often listen to Ted Talks so this day seemed no different. As I listened to the beautiful message you delivered I became both inspired and excited. You see I work in an environment where being grateful and full of thanks is essential. I work in a residential rehabilitation where women can bring their children to recover. In the darkest of times staying positive can seem unattainable, and in the pressing of moments, an illusion. Yet we know firsthand the power of being positive and getting out of self can move mountains.

So today April 10th 2015 we have decided as a project, staff alongside women alongside children that we will thankful. We intend to follow your  lead Brain and thank someone individually each day with no repeats. This will mean calling them up, writing a letter or telling them in person. We will share  the impact they have had upon us and thank them for all they have done. We will then personally journal our experience and even share some of these experiences with you on our blog.

 

So today I thank you Brain Doyle, for your inspiration, your courage and creativity. I thank you that our organization has the opportunity to embrace your idea and am excited at the impact this will have upon each women and staff member at Trevi House.

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24/10

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Social Media and all that it has to offer

Trevi House have two accounts with Twitter. One of which is monitored by myself (@trevielle) and the other that is contributed to by the whole team (@trevihouse). As a mother and baby residential rehab, our tweets are quite diverse. The team account mainly shares inspirational quotes to encourage women facing domestic or substance abuse to seek help along with articles that could help with parenting and relationships.

As the charity’s Office & Data Manager, although I also tweet on a personal level, the online presence allows me to share recruitment and volunteer opportunities with a wide range of people with diverse skills, abilities and backgrounds. As someone who is passionate about affected others and the aid of holistic therapy as part of the recovery journey, I share relevant local and national news focusing mainly on either “The Family” or alternative therapy within both the education & substance addiction field.

The whole experience of being online allows the charity to reach out to those in need of help, support and advice- people who quite often cannot seek that support in person. It is a way of breaking down the initial barrier to allow for a more tailored conversation, and hopefully treatment, to occur. I have made contact with both clients and various professionals who previously had not known about Trevi House and all it has to offer prior to discovering our Twitter accounts. With travel costs increasingly on the up, it’s enabled myself and the team to engage with individuals and services that would normally be difficult to meet up with. It’s a way of keeping our publicity costs to an absolute minimum ensuring that funds can be utilised more appropriately- training to be the best team that we can be, external outings for our residents and their children and the general day to day costs that ensure we deliver such a unique service.

Through twitter, Trevi have received opportunities and donations from kind people such as @MissisBeekeeper and @PlymouthChaz, along with great advice from a huge selection of trained professionals- including @lolaandjeff, whose refreshingly raw and honest tweets ensure to provide light giggles on those heavier days. 

Our development with social media has been to introduce it as part of our recruitment procedure, where over the time Trevi have gained valuable staff members who have brought something different to our team. However, as a team we have pretty much continued to utilise and respond to twitter in the same way we did when I first started during April 2012- and I hope that we continue to do so.

08/10

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Preparing for Trevi- what works?

Perhaps you have just begun to talk to your drug worker about rehab; perhaps you have already been here for assessment? Whatever your circumstances, it is never too early to start thinking about what you will need to do to help prepare yourself as well as you can for rehab. With this in mind, we have put together our Top Five Tips for preparing for Trevi….

1.     Go to a ‘rehab prep’ group. These can be really helpful, as they cover some of the practical issues of rehab, as well as helping you get used to the experience of group work and talking in a group. Ask your drug / alcohol worker for more info.

2.      Read our Residents Handbook. This will tell you about life at Trevi, and what our hopes / expectations will be for you

3.     Tell us your child’s likes and dislikes. How should we get their room ready? If your child is already in Nursery or school we will speak to their key person / teacher to get a handover.

4.      Speak to someone who has been to rehab. How did they benefit? What was difficult? What advice would they give you? Whilst everyone’s journey is different, it can sometimes help to hear someone else’s experience.

5.     Talk to your loved ones. Do they know how to stay in contact and when they can visit? Do they understand the importance of you completing your treatment programme? Their support will be key so if they are unsure about you going, is there anyone that they can talk to?

We know that going to rehab can be a daunting experience. We also know that it can be the most rewarding move you will make. Please do not be afraid to call in and talk to us with any questions. With the right preparation and determination, this may be the step that changes your life forever.

17/07

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Trevi Run

A charity race to raise money, we all agreed to run,

The more people that ran, the more money we hoped to raise,

To support recovery in parents; we spread the word and counted down the days…..

 

The sun was shining and both staff and residents came to donate,

Volunteers, students, staff and residents were ready at the gate,

Some were more fit, some not well; as we arrived, the manager cruised the finish line,

C’mon girlies, let’s try; though a relaxing brisk walk, we did just fine…

 

It was our pledge to increase the support for families to succeed,

Raising awareness, and promoting health and well being, we did a good deed,

So if you come across this blog and feel inspired to help us some more,

Trevi would welcome the support, it’s future generations we provide for…

10/07

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Mum & Me

Trevi House has had the pleasure of working alongside courageous women for 20 years. Time and time again we have found that women with problematic substance misuse have had experiences of domestic abuse. During their treatment these brave women are able to untangle the pain of abuse in their childhood right through to the heartache of being partners of men who dominate and control. Figures show that women who have been abused are 9 times more likely to misuse substances and 15 times more likely to misuse alcohol. With this in mind we are constantly striving to improve the quality of our service to the women we work alongside. For a number of years now the brilliant Freedom Programme designed and created by the wonderful Pat Craven has been delivered in house. This programme is designed to give women the chance to acquire the knowledge to help them live a safer life. Recently we were lucky enough to be awarded a grant that will enable us to develop this more by delivering one to one sessions using the Freedom Programme workbook. The other half of the grant enabled two members of staff to attend the Women’s Aid training Mum and Me.

As part of our training we explored the challenges faced by Mother’s who have experienced domestic abuse.  Many issues were raised, these included things such as the pressure for Mother’s to be seen as perfect parents; meeting societies unrealistic expectations of what a family should be, and how an abusive partner can affect the role of being a Mother.  Each culture has its own expectations of how a Mother should behave and how she should care for her children.  To the outside world a Mother could be seen as neglecting her child’s needs by remaining in a home where abuse occurs.  However, in reality we have learnt that Mother’s continuing to remain in these often complicated situations are often focused on protecting their children.  For many Mother’s they feel that by remaining in the situation they can control how the abuse is distributed and ensure that it is deflected away from their children.  In many situations abuse is often subtle and is built into daily life, and women are often unaware of the abusive nature of a perpetrator’s behaviour.    The You and me, mum training highlighted the issue, that many professionals over look the fact that for many mothers living in an abusive home it is like being in a war zone were self preservation is the only focus. 

As practitioners, we regularly reflect on our practice to ensure that our residents receive the best possible support and guidance.  With this in mind Trevi House has dedicated its self to providing its entire staff with the knowledge needed to have a greater understanding of domestic abuse, and the influential impact that this has on children and their mother’s.  Trevi House has carried out in house training to all staff regarding the issue of domestic abuse and how staff can best support resident mothers to understand some of the behaviours which may be presented by Children.

Trevi House will be running a 12 week programme for mothers, which addresses some of the many issues which may occur when trying to parent children that have lived in homes where domestic abuse has been present.  This group seeks to compliment work being carried out in the freedom programme.  By exploring the impact of domestic abuse on their children, mothers will also be encouraged to make sense of their own childhood and challenge their currently held values.  It is hoped that by the process of participating in the group, mothers and children at Trevi House will be given the opportunity to live the life they truly deserve.   

24/06

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Trevi Trustee

I first became involved with the work of Trevi House about 8 years ago through my women’s organisation, Soroptimist International, who adopted it for a year as their chosen charity to support both financially and practically.

I got to know the dedicated staff and some of the mothers and their children, and to appreciate all the benefits that a stay at Trevi provided them with.

The mothers that I have met there over the years come from all walks of life. They range from those who have grown up with all the privileges that a loving and comfortable home could give them, to those who have had a very poor start in life with alcoholic and dysfunctional families.

Each woman I have met has her own story to tell, and many of them carry a huge burden of guilt and shame for the way they have lived before coming into Trevi. Lives have truly turned around in a matter of weeks whilst there- bonds have been rebuilt with families and they see a new start and a different way of life for them and their child/ren before them.

I was asked to join the Board of Trustees some 5 years ago now, and accepted with pleasure. It is a privilege to support such worthwhile work which changes lives for the better. We are a small Board but we each bring different skills and backgrounds to support the very professional staff team.

07/05

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Hello and Welcome to the Trevi Nursery.

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the experiences we offer our children and tell you a little bit about the work we do….

We have a staff team of 4 and each of us is all allocated key children. This process enables us to form a special relationship with the resident and most importantly with the child. We complete ongoing assessments on the child. This is all collected via observation tools and will include their development stage, what interest they might have and how we can extend on this play for example: if we observe a child showing an interest in vehicles but is appearing quite anxious around messy activities we will incorporate the two together and encourage making marks with tyre tracks to build it up. We would include things such as sand, shaving foam, soil, water, flour, paint.

Provocations

A provocation is an activity or an object that entices your child to want to explore. “ one of our favourite provocations we have done are crab and bread”.

Crab: We took the children to a local crab market to look at all the different forms crab comes in such as a whole crab, crab claws and crab meat. We purchased all of these and the following day cleared a room of objects and put the different bits of crab down on some black paper. The children were instantly fascinated, they would pick up the crab, and explore the features on it, this created a discussion on size and weight. They tasted and smelt the crab meat which was very good for our children who have a very limited diet choice.

Bread: We purchased a range of different bread types such as white/brown baguettes, sliced loafs, whole lofts, rolls- again so the children could see the large range that bread comes in. This created a tasting session as well as just observing what they did with each of the different types of bread, some children broke it up, some made hand imprints and babies enjoyed eating the soft insides.

When you are arranging an activity, think about how the activity looks.

Does it make you want to play too?
Would you be attracted to this activity?
Can you see everything that is available?
Do you have some idea of what you might do with this activity?

We hope that you have found this interesting and I would encourage any of you reading this to try a provocation with friends, family or encourage your clients you may work with. You can use anything. We would next like to try octopus, fish and a large lump of clay.

04/04

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I am a stage three Social Work student completing my final placement here at Trevi House. Before starting at Trevi I felt nervous, but these worries were quickly dissolved when I started. All the staff at Trevi were very welcoming and quick to offer me any help I needed in settling in. My placement has been centred around me, and my learning goals, this has been great as it has meant that I have been able to choose the most useful things for me to do to aid my learning.

Although there are no ‘Social Workers’ at Trevi, there is a lot of Social Work being done, the International Federation of Social Workers define social work as;

 “The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being. Utilizing theories of human behavior and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work.”

All these things and more are being done here at Trevi, and I have found that my training in social work has aided me greatly in the work I do here. I have found that there are also strong therapeutic roots in the work that is done here; key workers are trained in therapeutic methods and interventions. This has been great for me as a student here as a lot of my practice style stems from therapeutic knowledge. So I have been able to integrate both social work methods and theories alongside practical therapeutic and psycho-dynamic methods.

Since being here at Trevi I have set up my own group called Little Footsteps. This group focuses on play, and the many benefits it provides for both mother and child. I set this group up myself and have been supported and encouraged by my colleagues in doing this. During the first part of the group I will meet with the women and we will discuss a certain benefit of play, for example one week we will look at how play can have physical benefits. So we will spend the first half of the session learning about this topic, by having discussions, games, quizzes and demonstrations. I aim to ensure that I cater for all learning styles and that I take each individuals situation into account when planning the session. After we have gained a better understanding of the topic we will go down into the nursery to see the children where there will be activity cards relating to the topic we have been discussing. Here the mothers get a chance to try out and put into practice what they have learnt, and it also gives me a good chance to observe interactions between the mothers and children.

This is just one of the opportunities I have had at Trevi; I have also been involved in many other projects such as creating observation sheets, and organizing a Trevi Library. Overall my experience of being a student has been a positive one, the women are a joy to work with and I have definitely seen firsthand the changes that Trevi House has brought about in them.

27/03 

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Hello and welcome to the Trevi Insider….the first Trevi blog.

As a unique service (truly one of its kind) we are often asked “what do you do?”

Potential residents want to know what life is like here, and fellow professionals are often curious as to the wide range of interventions that we use to support both mother and child through their journey of recovery.

Written by staff, residents, volunteers and students, we hope that the Trevi Insider will give you a flavour of life at Trevi. We will share with you activities from within nursery, new developments to the programme and any upcoming events that we are part of.

As Registered Manager here at Trevi, I feel privileged to be part of service that changes lives for vulnerable women and children, and I look forward to sharing with you some of our success stories. I trust that you will find our blog informative and enjoyable, but most importantly I hope you can enjoy sharing in the inspiring work that takes place here.