From Idea to Reality
The Evolution of New Beginnings
New Beginnings is a concept which was initially inspired by the Flemish organisation 'Stobbe'. Stobbe means the stump of a tree and signifies ‘new beginning’ for families.
Comparative research carried out by Leigh (2013; 2014; 2017) into the way in which services are provided in Flanders (North Belgium) and England, found that in Flanders community projects which offered holistic therapeutic care to parents and children were more effective in providing better outcomes.
The findings showed that once parents were provided with the space, with other parents in similar situations, to reflect on their past as well as the current issues they faced, they were able to see their situation differently.
An intrinsic part of New Beginnings is to deepen parents' understanding into who they are and how their past has affected their identity through the telling and sharing of personal histories. This method is rooted in the recognition that if change is to occur in parenting practices, then individuals need to have the space to articulate their perspectives on what has happened to them.
History of New Beginnings
New Beginnings is founded in partnership with Stockport Local Authority
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
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
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.