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Delivery Guidance

This Delivery Guidance is part of our Expectations of Sisterhood. When running the Own My Life course, organisations commit to use this Delivery Guidance as part of the Service Delivery Agreement.  

While some organisations use quality standards and others use centralised administrative systems to protect the quality of work being done, we instead seek to empower organisations, facilitators and women attending Own My Life courses to ensure the work they do is positive, constructive and healing.  We do this through our Expectations of Sisterhood which you can read HERE.  


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  1. Facilitators should be confident in leading and facilitating groups.

  2. The Own My Life course should be run by at least one trained facilitator.

  3. Facilitators should only ever use inclusive language (‘we’ and ‘I’ rather than ‘you’ or ‘they’) during sessions.

  4. Facilitators provide guidance to participants throughout the sessions but also give women space to work independently.

  5. The Own My Life course operates as a closed programme.  After week 2 the course is closed to new participants until the next cycle of the course begins.

    • No students, new staff, volunteers or others should be allowed to join the group mid-course. They should wait until a new course begins and should only be present in the course if they intend to join for the whole course.

    • No men should be allowed to attend the course. This includes male workers, students or volunteers.

  6. Always ensure every woman has her Own My Story journal each week.  

  7. Where women do not want to take their Own My Story journals home; each woman’s journal belongs to her and should only be viewed by others at the invitation of the woman who owns it.

    The “Own My Life Course Extra” sessions are available at: for women who want to continue their learning after each session.

  8. Always have 30 minutes preparation time and 30 minutes debriefing time, in which the Facilitator Reflective Evaluation should be completed.

  9. Clinical supervision must be available for facilitators.

  10. The aims and objectives for each week must be considered, to ensure the focus is correct.

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