New Beginnings

New Beginnings is a divorce and separation support group course aiming for restored lives.

New Beginnings is for everyone who has suffered a broken relationship. The aim of the course is to help people to come to terms with the past and make a fresh start in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. People come along who are at every stage, from not having made the split to having been separated many years but still working on some issues. Some people have been married and some not.

Next Course starts on 21 September.

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What's involved?
What people have said
Be brave
Topics covered
Further information
Frequently Asked Questions

What's involved?
We start with a meal at 7.30 pm for those who can make it and then hear a talk and have a small group discussion, though you don't have to say anything if you don't want to. The course is free and is based on Christian principles but is not religious. It is open to everyone and lasts ten weeks.

Although we deal with difficult issues we find that during the evening there is a lot of laughter and people have a good time. We also have a variety of well attended and fun social events such as meals together, cinema trips etc.

What people have said
"It's been like an oasis."
"Words can't express the positive feelings that have come from this course."
"New friends, new hope, greater confidence."

Be brave
Many people find it hard to come to the first evening but after that they look forward to it and by the end of the course they have made really good friends.
Many of the people from the previous courses have come back to take the course again and to be a helper.

Topics covered

 

  • Facing the effects of separation and divorce
  • Good communication
  • Resolving conflict
  • Forgiveness
  • Divorce law
  • Parenting issues
  • Moving forward with hope


Further information
Please contact Colin on 07855 245 619 or new.beginnings@blueyonder.co.uk
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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next course?
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Does it matter if I have not been married or divorced?
No, the course is for anyone, men and women, who have had a broken relationship. People who have been married and those who have not have both benefited from the course.


I am at the very early stages. Is it too soon?
Everyone is different and people come along at all stages, from not having made the split to many years afterwards. Our general advice would be to come, try it out and see how you get on.

How does the support group work?
Our members give moral and practical support to one another. Part of this can involve giving support during the legal process as people often find this stressful. There are also a wide variety of social events organised by the members. 

Do I have to talk?
You don’t have to say anything in the small group time if you don’t want to. We provide a very safe place in which people can talk but it is always their choice. The small groups are run by people who have been divorced and so know what you are going through but if you would rather talk one to one we can try and arrange that too.

Can I leave before the end of the course if I want to?
Yes, you can leave at any time and we will not chase you.

Do I have to go to church in order to come?
Not at all. We welcome everyone from any background. Although the course is based on Christian principles we do not read the Bible, pray or promote Christianity. This is not a religious course.

I can’t make all the sessions. Does that matter?
We know people have family and other commitments; just come to as many as you can. We can send you a copy of the talks you miss.

What is The Restored Lives course?
We use the Restored Lives: Recovery from Divorce and Separation course developed by Holy Trinity Brompton and which has been used successfully by them for many years. To visit the HTB website click here.

Can I bring a friend?
Friends can be very helpful so if you want to bring a friend please give me a call so we can discuss it.

Do I have to register to come on the course?
Yes please, because we need to know the numbers for food and any dietary requirements.
Contact Colin on new.beginnings@blueyonder.co.uk or 07855 245 619.

Does the course help?
Yes, it really does and you will be able to ask people who came before what they have got out of it. One person on a previous course wrote they benefited by “walking into a room where you feel loved and accepted and you don't have a 'divorced' label and you don't feel like half a person”.

How much does it cost?
New Beginnings costs nothing though we do accept small voluntary contributions to meet the cost of the food.

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People come to our Restored Lives: Recovery from Divorce and Separation course from all over the Sutton and Cheam area including Ashtead, Banstead, Burgh Heath, Carshalton, Chessington, Dorking, Epsom, Ewell, Leatherhead, Morden, New Malden, Reigate, Stoneleigh, Tolworth, Wallington, Wimbledon, Worcester Park and from parts of Surrey and South London.