In the first few months after they leave the women's refuge, former residents have the opportunity to take part in one of the groups in addition to their individual aftercare counselling sessions.

For many women leaving the refuge, it's the first time they've lived without a partner and been solely responsible for themselves and their children. Fear of failure and worries about the future coupled with feelings of loneliness and emptiness can easily lead to another crisis.

Our creative programme means that, with professional guidance, current and former residents can easily talk to one another, sharing old and new experiences, finding answers to problems and providing mutual support; sometimes this results in lasting friendships. In addition, women also get ideas here for worthwhile leisure activities on a low budget. Our programme is thus not only a focus for conflict resolution but also provides relaxation, enjoyment and positive interaction.