Rosalie Ryrie Foundation, Wakefield

Rosalie Ryrie Foundation

Ann Ramsden, Manager, Footsteps, 69 Brunswick Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 4PA

Website: Email: Phone: 01924 315 140

THE AGENCY The Rosalie Ryrie Foundation is a voluntary sector organisation, operating in Wakefield to improve the lives of family members in destructive relationships by giving individuals’ safety and freedom from fear and domestic abuse, including child violence against parents, since 2009. It is an independent body, but receives significant support from local funders including the police and family services, as well as from the Big Lottery.

CRITERIA Catchment area is the district of Wakefield. There is no age limit.

REFERRAL Referral by family or agency. If agencies refer there needs to be a discussion about commissioning the service. There may be a wait of up to 4 weeks for family sessions. Attendance at the Parenting group can start immediately. Meetings take place at Footsteps, the organisation’s community space.

THE SERVICE Work takes place with both adults and children, in family sessions and in parent groups. There is no specific model of work, which will be tailored to the family, with the aim of building self esteem, enabling choice, strengthening parenting skills and breaking destructive patterns of behaviour, to secure positive relationships and futures. Intervention continues as long as there is a need for support. The organisation has developed its own manual.

OTHER INFORMATION The Rosalie Ryrie Foundation featured on the Channel 5 documentary “My Violent Child”. Bespoke training is offered to other organisations.

Data entered: June 2015 Updated: July 2017

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