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From Idea to Reality
The Evolution of New Beginnings

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New Beginnings is a concept which has been inspired by the research carried out by Dr Jadwiga Leigh, the Founder of the organisation. 


Comparative research carried out by Dr Leigh (2013; 2014; 2017) into the way in which social work services were provided in Flanders (North Belgium) and England, found that in Flanders community projects which focused on supporting parents to understand how their past experiences were affecting their children, were far more effective than parenting programmes.


Dr Leigh's research showed that once parents were provided with the time and space to meet other parents in similar situations, and together reflect on the current issues they faced, they were able to see their situations differently and effect positive change for their family. 


An intrinsic part of New Beginnings is to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma by deepening the parents' understanding of who they are and why they parent in the way that they do. This method is rooted in the recognition that if children are to feel safe at home, then parents need to be provided with the space to learn how their past has affected their lives through the telling and sharing of their personal histories.

History of New Beginnings

May 2018

New Beginnings is founded in partnership with Stockport Local Authority 

Jan 2019

After the success of the pilot project, we start Cohort 2, increasing the number of families we work with to 20 per cohort



Covid-19 forces us to move group work sessions online and we learn that some parents prefer to do group work in this way



We start to carry out Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) with our families

July 2021

We are awarded British Academy Leverhulme funding to interview parents about their experiences of the child protection process



Thanks to Big Lottery funding we are able to employ our Chief Executive Officer and Post Programme Support Worker on a full time basis



We implement the Dynamic Maturational Model (Adult Attachment Theory base) into our practice



Thanks to Activate Funding from Winston Churchill Fellowship we create a Digital App for parents to support their learning

Company Information

New Beginnings Greater Manchester is a programme that is run by the New Beginnings Foundation CIO. We are a not for profit organisation.
Registered charity number: 1198338
We are insured by aQmen Ltd Insurance Providers. 

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