Projects

Physical Empowerment CIC is people-focused and user-led. Physical Empowerment groups and courses are tailored according to who they are aimed at. This is key as the self-defence moves and seminar subjects differ.

 

The Physical Empowerment CIC Aims are:

  1. To help people reintegrate into society through helping them to empower themselves.

  2. To give people opportunities to be the best they can be.

  3. To promote women and men working together to end violence.

  4. To create a wider awareness of the use of self-defence as a trauma rehabilitation tool.

 
Our initial focus was on working with three specific groups: domestic abuse survivors, rape & sexual abuse survivors and women in prostitution. Whilst developing, planning and running these projects, it became apparent that there were other community groups in need such as teenagers and seniors. 

 

Physical Empowerment CIC treats everyone as an individual. On courses, we break through barriers and we work as a team with attendees. There is no “them” and “us”. The more people work together in a community, the more resilient we become. 

 

Courses are aimed at people who have either been referred to us through an agency or who have self-referred to us. We aim to be able to offer our training, for free, to the people who need it the most. 

 

This is thanks to the awesome organisations who fund our projects; THANK YOU!

 

We are currently working on projects in Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Crawley & London.  Please get in touch if you are interested in Physical Empowerment for your area; where there is a will there is always a way!

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Domestic Abuse Survivors

Physical Course / Online Support

With funding from The National Lottery Community Fund Wales and Mynydd Brombil Community Fund we have been running courses and follow-up sessions in Port Talbot since September 2021 and are in the process of renovating a permanent training room which is very exciting!

 

Dyfed Powys Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner have confirmed that they are going to fund a Physical Empowerment course in Carmarthenshire from July 2022. This is a great opportunity to work with new community partners in a new area and emulate the success we have had so far in Port Talbot.

 

People who work or volunteer with domestic abuse survivors are also welcomed to attend these courses.

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Rape and Sexual Abuse Survivors

Physical Course / Online Support

We are currently working on projects with Fighting Chance Foundation (the charitable arm of British Martial Arts & Boxing Association). This includes work on their #punchlikeagirl campaign which is focused on getting more women on to the mats and in to martial arts and self-defence training.


We believe that trauma informed self-defence can make a lifechanging difference to people who have been raped, sexually abused or violated in any other sexual way. 

 

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Seniors

Physical Course / Online Support

No matter our age, we’re all faced with major challenges throughout our lives. The ageing process can make physical responses to stress more difficult. Trauma that tends to come together with getting older can be things such as having to move out of your lifelong home (transitional trauma), loss of a partner, a decline in physical, emotional and mental health or that feeling of being a ‘spare part’ in society.

 
We have partnered with Age Connects Neath Port Talbot to run two trial Physical Empowerment sessions with senior groups in August 2022. The idea of these sessions is to cover a basic introduction to emotional, mental and physical self-defence.

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Women in Prostitution

Physical Course / Online Support

In March 2022, The Allen Lane Foundation awarded us a grant to run a pioneering project with Streetlight UK. This includes online and face-to-face training for all Streetlight UK staff and volunteers. We will then use the rest of the grant to get Physical Empowerment training directly to women in prostitution in the most effective way possible. 


We are mindful that working with women in prostitution has its own, unique challenges so we are working closely with Streetlight UK who specialise in working with women working in and trying to escape, the sex industry.

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Teenagers

Physical Course / Online Support

There is a high occurrence of anxiety and depression in teenagers. This frequently goes hand in hand with self-harming and other traumatising behaviour. There is often a history of domestic violence somewhere in the family history.


The community in Port Talbot asked us to provide something for teenagers so in partnership with Community Ventures CIC, we applied for and have been awarded a grant from CVS Neath Port Talbot to run a pilot project with teenagers from September 2022. We are applying for further funding so we can offer regular follow-up sessions and courses to other teenage groups. 

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CROSS Krav Maga

All physical aspects of our courses are based on the CROSS Krav Maga syllabus.


We are constantly working to expand our knowledge as individuals and as an organisation.


A trauma informed approach is always adopted and we very much believe in, “what happened to you?” rather than, “what’s wrong with you?”

We believe that men and women need to work together to create true societal change.  We help people to empower themselves from the inside out. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you attend a Physical Empowerment course, you will never be expected to take part in any activity or physical move that you are not happy about. The idea is to push yourself and try to face your demons but it is important that you do that at your pace. You do not have to rush to complete anything on the course, that is partly why the follow-up sessions are there afterwards. 

We are here to work with you, not to frighten you. Every course will be designed so there is a safe space where people can go for time out and there will be people on hand if you want a listening ear. 

"Self-defence is not just a set of techniques, it is a set of beliefs and it starts with the belief that you are worth defending." Rorion Gracie