Notes for Supporting Organisations
Setting up a Divorce Recovery Workshop (DRW) in order to help those in need is not a decision to be taken lightly and raises many questions. Some of the questions that have been asked are set out below with our responses.
Who forms the local workshop?
Our website page ‘Starting a new workshop’ explains how a workshop is formed. Anyone can apply to start a workshop in their area but those actually running the workshop must have been through the breakdown of a significant relationship.
Many local DRW groups are set up with the help and support of a local community group or a local Church. However, those running the workshop must set up from the start a separate DRW bank account for fees received and payments made by the workshop. As a registered charity all income and expenses of DRW groups must be accounted for to the Charities Commission. We also require one of the DRW trustees to be a signatory to the local bank account in order to allow excess funds to be recovered should the local workshop cease to operate.
In summary, formation of the workshop involves local people and the charity.
How can a supporting organisation help the local DRW group?
… providing practical help and encouragement to get the workshop started
… providing premises
… providing funding or a loan to get the group started
… providing help with the administration
Does everyone need to have been through the workshop prior to helping?
Yes. Anyone who has not been through the workshop before anew workshop starts will get an opportunity to experience it when the team expecting to run the workshop have a private workshop comprising all six sessions before the local group then offer the workshop to the public.
Can others who are not divorced help?
No. Not in the workshop sessions. However there are plenty of “behind the scenes” jobs that can be done – distributing publicity, dealing with the local papers, treasurer, setting up the room and AV equipment, helping with catering and so on.
How is DRW funded?
A registration fee of £10 per head is payable to the charity for everyone who attends the workshop, to cover our overheads and the running cost of the charity. The rest of the fee paid by the participants is used to cover other costs such as refreshments, publicity and room hire. DRW has no paid staff.
Can we use our own funds to provide the workshop for free?
This would be contrary to our fundamental principles. Please refer to the relevant page on the website. Also our experience shows that participants value the workshop more if they pay something and they are more committed to completing the course. Experience also shows that where no fee is charged, fewer participants attend all the sessions.
What about people on low income?
We want everyone to come so “sponsorship” or a “subsidy” can be agreed by the local group on a case by case basis. Such subsidies should, of course, be kept confidential and fees received from other participants should be sufficient to cover costs.
Does the £10 registration fee have to be paid if someone is offered a subsidy?
Can we limit people attending to members of our own organisation / Church?
No. It is one of our fundamental principles that the workshop is made available to all, regardless of faith, race, creed, sexuality or any other factor. An exception may be made only for the first, internal practice workshop.
Can we limit facilitators and organisers to members of our organisation / Church?
The local group chooses facilitators and organisers. However they must be chosen from all suitable who have been through the workshop. When a participant has completed a workshop, going on to help at future workshops is a way to rebuild self-esteem and a big part of the divorce recovery process for many regardless of what organisation they belong to ..
Can we use the telephone number of our organisation as the contact number?
The person who answers the telephone should be someone who has themselves experienced the breakdown of a significant relationship and has attended the workshop.
As a Church we would like to offer a prayer support session before or after the workshop. Is this acceptable?
We recognise that for some groups being able to offer a prayer support session to those attending or helping with the workshop may be desirable. This must be offered as a separate event and not as part of the workshop. The group must be sensitive to all participants and appreciate some of them may not be comfortable at a prayer session.
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