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Elected Members

At the beginning of the year, we gave presentations to area committees in Dunfermline, Leven, Inverkeithing and Cupar. Presentations were delivered to the groups of elected members representing each area; the response we received was fantastic and councillors very positively acknowledge the work Saje is doing. We’re very encouraged by this reaction and look forward to keeping elected members...

BIG Lottery

In 2014, we were awarded 5 years of funding from the BIG Lottery for Scotland fund. This money helped us get going with what we wanted to achieve, and gave us the opportunity to really expand the Freedom Programme and help women all over Fife. In 2017, we moved into the 4th year of our partnership with Big Lottery Scotland, and continue to support women in Fife, empowering them to make positive life  choices. Thanks to the Big Lottery funding we have been able to open the Freedom Programme to more and more women, and January saw us take the course to Dundee. 2018 is shaping up to be another very busy year. Thank you once again to...

Saje Volunteers

Volunteers Our capacity to deliver groups and other activities has grown thanks to our amazing volunteers. All of the women who volunteer have completed both programmes and, as a result, received specialised training to become volunteers. We now have volunteers helping in a range of different roles, such as group facilitators, Freedom Hub Café leaders, administrators, bloggers, childcare providers, and awareness raisers. Women on Freedom groups often tell us that being supported by women who have walked in their shoes is very powerful. We’re very grateful to have such inspirational women volunteering for...

Lochgelly High School

Lochgelly High School We were inspired to develop a Freedom Programme for young people because of the following story… In September 2016, a group of 2nd year girls from Lochgelly High School chose us as their Youth Philanthropy Project assignment. The girls were tasked with identifying a local charity they wanted to represent. In the ensuing weeks, they designed a project and aimed to deliver a presentation on the Freedom Programme, domestic abuse and why Saje deserved funding. The winning group’s chosen organisation would receive a £3000 grant. We are incredibly proud that these young people acknowledge and understand the importance of the work we do, and have been able to identify us as an organisation tackling domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is a very real and prevalent problem affecting people of all ages; it’s extremely encouraging to see young people take notice and try to do something about it. The girls made it all the way to the final in February this year, where they delivered an absolutely fantastic presentation that really encapsulated what Saje is all about, eventually finishing runner-up. And at the end of their time working with us, each of the girls confirmed that they had completely changed their perception of abuse, and learned a great deal about their own beliefs in relationships and the need to respect themselves more. They are extremely keen for their peers to learn from the information they have accessed. The concept of highlighting healthy relationships has always been a big aim for Saje, but the pupils have inspired us to develop a Freedom Programme for young people. We will work with them to pilot an initial group here in Lochgelly in 2018. The girls at...

Freedom Hub Cafes

Our Freedom Hub Cafes were developed in response to a need expressed by the women who’d participated in the Freedom Programme. The Cafes were initially used as a forum for women who wanted to stay connected after completing the groups. However, they grew to serve as a taster for the Freedom groups, where women can come along and find out more about it from others who have completed the Programme. The Freedom Hub Café also simply provides a safe, friendly environment for women to enjoy a chat and a coffee. Ideally, we are working towards a befriending system for women who find it difficult to walk through the door on the first day of a Freedom group. Area Number of Drop-ins Women attending Dunfermline 12 240 Kirkcaldy 12 96 Leven 12 60 Tayport 4 20 Totals 40 416 Above is a small table representing how many women attended the Hub Cafés over the course of the  year – with many going on to do the Freedom Programme. It is our aim to grow this number as much as possible to help ease the nerves any woman may be feeling over attending one of our...