Paul Lavelle Foundation
The Paul Lavelle Foundation was set up in 2017 in memory of 50-year-old Paul Lavelle, from Rock Ferry, who was killed at the hands of his violent partner.
The PLF has a very extensive network of supporters who were all friends of Paul Lavelle. It is this network of family and friends that continues to campaign and raise awareness to male domestic abuse through various fund-raising activities and events. They strive to eradicate the stigma involved with males speaking out about domestic abuse and mental health and wellbeing concerns in general.
The Inspire Project delivers healthy relationship education workshops designed to inspire positive behavioural change within children and young people, from as early as primary school age.
It educates children and young people on how to maintain healthy relationships throughout their lifetime. It gives advice and guidance on what constitutes as acceptable and appropriate behaviour towards themselves as well as their behaviour towards others.
The workshops has been designed in line with the Government’s statutory guidance for relationships and sex education, RSE, in educational settings, which became a mandatory requirement on the curriculum in September 2020, as stipulated in the Domestic Abuse bill. The workshops support the early intervention work set out in the VAWG strategy, to help to break the cycle of domestic abuse.
They are aimed at primary and secondary schools, colleges, plus other children and young people’s educational settings and are suitable for children and young people with additional learning needs.
‘FYP’ For You Project - For Young People
FYP is a programme, run by The Paul Lavelle Foundation, in conjunction with The Light House Centre, which aims to support young people between the ages of 10-18 years, who have experienced domestic abuse.
The programme is part therapeutic, part educational, part recreational.
Programme Aims per week
1. How to maintain healthy personal relationships identifying positive and negative characteristics
2. Expectations of a healthy family environment and relationships with family members
3. Improving life choices
4. Building self esteem
Therapeutic support for male victims and survivors of domestic abuse
Male DA service is focused on recovery and is designed to provide a person-centred blend of Therapeutic, Advocacy, Advice and Link-Worker/Signposting support activities.
Our version of person centred is that we support the clients with whatever their presenting issues are. We support the males for as long as their presenting needs still exist however, we do not build dependency.
PLF Community Wellbeing Activity Groups
The PLF offers inclusive Community Activity Groups in the form of weekly swimming, cycling and running clubs, for both males and females of any ability run by our Trustees and volunteers.
Our regular weekly groups operate on a self-referral basis to encourage physical and mental health and wellbeing through exercise and outdoor activities, and they are completely free of charge.
Our activity groups offer support to all, from general camaraderie with likeminded people, to aspiration raising, working towards personal and group goals. They are also a safe space to speak out and disclose any concerns about mental health or domestic abuse issues. A sense of achievement and accomplishment can be gained by attendees at all levels of fitness, resulting in improved self-esteem, confidence and over all well-being.